· · · · · 

Here’s a Novel Idea: Let’s Teach Kids About Safe Sex Before They Have Sex

We don't wait to teach driver's ed until after young people start driving, so why on earth do most sex education classes occur after a significant chunk of teens are already sexually active? It's time to let go of the sentimental attachment to the idea of "innocence" in adolescents.

We don’t wait to teach driver’s ed until after young people start driving, so why on earth do most sex education classes occur after a significant chunk of teens are already sexually active? It’s time to let go of the sentimental attachment to the idea of “innocence” in adolescents.

· · · · · 

What I Learned by Parenting a Text Message ‘Baby’ for a Day

Youth advocacy group Do Something has a teen pregnancy campaign that purports to teach young people what it's like to have a baby via text message.

The “egg baby” has gone high-tech: Youth advocacy group Do Something has a teen pregnancy campaign that purports to teach young people what it’s like to have a baby via text message. Unfortunately, the campaign fails, in both concept and execution.

· · · · · 

Conservatives Really Want to Make Us Believe Contraception Isn’t Health Care

Rhetoric trying to redefine contraception not as health care but as a sexual kink is becoming a mainstream conservative preoccupation.

Rhetoric trying to redefine contraception not as health care but as a sexual kink is becoming a mainstream conservative preoccupation, especially in light of the Affordable Care Act listing contraception as a preventive care service. What can be done to fight back, before the right start seriously chipping away at access?

· · · · · 

Two Major Cities Make Condoms More Easily Available to Young People

Two big cities—Chicago and Philadelphia—are expanding and advertising programs that allow teens to get condoms at school and even at home.

Two big cities—Chicago and Philadelphia—are expanding and advertising programs that allow teens to get condoms at school and even at home.

· · · · · 

This Week in Sex: Do It for Denmark, But Don’t Charge It to Your Credit Card

A credit card processing company refuses to work with online condom retailer.

This week, a travel company launches a racy and playful ad asking Danes to get pregnant for their country, a credit card processing company refuses to work with an online condom retailer, and the STD app Hula comes under fire.

· · · · · 

Is This a Golden Age of Teen Sexual Responsibility?

We’re living through a golden age of responsible teen sexuality.

Adults tend to think that today’s teens are wildly irresponsible about sex. But according to reputable data sources, teens today are not only more responsible about sex than their parents were when they were their age; in many cases, they’re more responsible about sex than their parents are now.

· · · · · 

Yes, Camille Paglia, Let’s Put Sex Back in Sex Ed—But Not Fear, Shame, or Stereotypes

sex education chalkboard

In a recent editorial, Paglia argues for moving toward a sex ed model in which young people learn reproductive biology in one class, study sexually transmitted diseases in another, and get a healthy dose of fear, shame, and gender stereotypes in yet another. But sexuality educators disagree.

· · · · · 

CDC Confirms Rare Case of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman to another.  Though rare, this should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman, who was diagnosed previously but stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010, to her female partner. While rare, this case should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

· · · · · 

Why the CDC Stopped Calling Sex Without a Condom ‘Unprotected Sex’

red condoms

For many years, the term “unprotected sex” has been synonymous with “sex without a condom.” But some HIV advocates argue that this language is outdated and imprecise, and the CDC has agreed to change it.

· · · · · 

This Week in Sex: Celebrating National Condom Week

condoms

As National Condom Week (which started on Valentine’s Day, of course) comes to a close, we focus on news about our prophylactic friend.

· · · · ·