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.
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.
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.
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.
Steven Waldman proposes the following hypothetical situation: more premarital sex and fewer abortions. Would pro-lifers accept this trade-off?
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.
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?
Kenyan women boycott sex in order to force male political leaders towards a truce.
A Mississippi sex ed bill may finally address the rising teen birth rates. But is it too little too late?
A teen’s sexual activity doesn’t predict her future risk for HPV, and shouldn’t determine whether she receives the HPV vaccine, University of Michigan researchers find.