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One More Time, With Feeling: The HPV Vaccine Does Not Encourage Sexual Behavior

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective, many parents have become skeptical.

Despite a mounting body of evidence to the contrary, there continues to be a fear among adults that vaccinating young people against an STD is akin to giving them a license to have sex. Yet another study promises this isn’t going to happen.

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‘A Panorama of Toxicity’: On Being a Trans Woman Online

A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do.

The realities of trans women’s experience with social media remind us that a discussion about “toxicity” online cannot be contained by the artificial boundaries of “Twitter feminism.” The problem is much larger than Twitter or any number of internal activist flare-ups. It encompasses the entire online world.

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This Week in Sex: A Comprehensive Approach to Unintended Pregnancy, Mandated Breastfeeding, and Sex After Breaking Up

The United States could learn a lot from a UK town about preventing unintended pregnancies.

This week, the United States could learn a lot from a UK town about preventing unintended pregnancies, the United Arab Emirates is mandating that women breastfeed their children for a full two years, and a study looks at sex after breakups among college students.

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Study Suggests Lyme Disease Could Be Sexually Transmitted Between Humans

We all know that Lyme disease comes from the dreaded deer tick, but a new study suggests that it might also be sexually transmitted.

We all know that Lyme disease comes from the dreaded deer tick, but a new study suggests that it might also be sexually transmitted. Other experts, however, caution that while we should pay attention to the study’s findings, we should not overact.

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It’s Not ‘All Psychological’: How the Medical Establishment Fails Transgender Patients

Despite the gender-identity nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, doctors say some insurance companies are rejecting coverage of basic preventive care.

While medical protections for transgender patients may be gradually increasing, many in the trans* community continue to experience disturbing levels of discrimination from health-care providers.

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Pro-Choice Congress Members Denounce ‘Extreme’ Anti-Choice Bill

Rep. Louise Slaughter, Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Pro-Choice Caucus press conference opposing HR 7.

“It’s just a fake front issue to talk about abortion,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of HR 7, the anti-choice bill passed just hours before Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “What they’re really talking about is contraception, family planning, the judgment of women.”

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Virginia Republicans Say They’ll Block Medicaid Expansion

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare. On Monday, House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford) said his majority caucus is not going to play along.

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Anti-Choicers Drop the ‘Life’ Pretense, Increasingly Admit They’re Angry About Sex

Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they're motivated by "life" and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women's sexuality.

The Family Research Council recently presented a paper positing that the problem with abortion is that women are just having too much sex. It’s part of a trend: Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they’re motivated by “life” and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women’s sexuality.

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This Week in Sex: Chicago Pushes HPV Vaccine, a Study on Sex and Class, and Sex Ed for Seniors

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

This week, Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV, a Spanish study makes headlines about how rich people supposedly have better sex, and a New York Times op-ed urges safe sex for seniors.

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Arkansas Reproductive Rights Activists Gear Up for Rally

With the state legislature set to convene in February, the Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice is meant to send the message that activists have not forgotten about the legislative attacks on reproductive rights last year.

With the state legislature set to convene in February, the Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice is meant to send the message that activists have not forgotten about the legislative attacks on reproductive rights last year.

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