An epidemic of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. disproportionately affects blacks, youth, gays and the poor. Talking openly about sex is the first step in prevention.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage program have always been more about marriage than they are about sex. Though they are often billed as replacements for comprehensive sexuality education or as teen pregnancy or STD prevention programs, in truth, they are more focused on promoting marriage than preventing anything.
Many people have oral herpes but don’t know it, and don’t know that cold sores are a symptom. Most get it in childhood and don’t remember their first sores; some people will never see a sore again, though they have and can possibly transmit Herpes.
The US HIV epidemic is taking the greatest toll among low-income women and women of color. US policy must address the complex medical, social, and economic realities of today’s epidemic.
Over 175 state and national organizations are pressing the Obama White House and Congress to replace silo-ed sex ed programs with truly comprehensive efforts to reduce teen pregnancy and infection.
Facing a significant increase in reported cases of syphilis infections, the Michigan’s Ingham County Health Department says it’s the midst of an outbreak of the sexually transmitted bacterial infection.
In Genessee County, Michigan, an outbreak of the sexually transmitted bacterial infection syphilis continues to claim more patients.
It’s time for Congress to take a hard look at some less sexy aspects of sex and sexuality — like the high rates of STIs contracted by teen girls.
House Democrats increased funding for abstinence-only programs last week just in time for a new non-partisan report that reveals abstinence-only programs are not effective at reducing teen pregnancy and STD rates.