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Appropriations Bill Marks Victory for Sexual Health, But Vigilance by Advocates Is Needed

Important gains for sexual health realized in this week’s appropriations bill can only be sustained through the constant vigilance of the advocacy community.

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Crowdsourcing Condoms: Where They Are and Are Not

Condoms prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. But finding them in a store can require the tracking skills of a bloodhound. An investigative report by Wendy Norris on access to condoms in Colorado, including an interactive map.

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Ending the Epidemic of Sexually Transmitted Infections Starts with Talking

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.

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They’re Baaaaaack: Abstinence-Only Programs Rely on Scare Tactics and Humiliation to Spread Misinformation

On October 15th, 2009, SIECUS – the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States – held our seventh annual Back to School briefing on Capitol Hill. We use this moment to remind policymakers that a “just say no” approach is failing our kids.

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Listen Up, Mr. President: HIV Has Moved South

South Carolina has consistently ranked in the top 10 for HIV/AIDS infection rates in the US. On Monday the White House Office of National AIDS Policy will hold a townhall in Charleston. Also watch our video report.

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HPV and the Dialogue of Sexuality

The lack of the threat of promiscuity in the discourse around young boys and Gardasil upholds the idea that a young man participating in sex is something to be proud of, similar to a trophy on a mantle place. And, that sex for boys at a young age is a right of passage, all quite archaic ideas.

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Stoking Fire: The Sexual Politics of Condom Use

In the Caribbean, where HIV is a public health crisis, government, media, business and NGOs have responded with frank and open talk about prevention. In the U.S., by contrast,
56,000 newly diagnosed cases of HIV a year get scant notice.

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Jill Stanek Doesn’t Want to Prevent Abortions

Steven Waldman proposes the following hypothetical situation: more premarital sex and fewer abortions. Would pro-lifers accept this trade-off?

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Advocates Urge White House, Congress To Broaden Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative

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.

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Is Pulling Out Losing Its Bad Rep?

Any time a friend has described their method of birth control as
“pulling out,” I instinctively give them a judgmental look. We won
Griswold v. Connecticut. We can buy condoms at any corner store. Sure,
Plan B is over the counter, but why risk it?

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