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Sex, Society, and HIV: Creating a Sexually Healthy Society

Medical advances, improved access to care, prevention initiatives, and revived determination are all good signs, but as a global culture, we will need to shift our perspective to stop the spread of HIV.  

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Sexual Health Roundup: California Teens Spared Harmful Therapy, Syphilis Spikes in Houston, NY Men Like Big Condoms

California Gov. Jerry Brown calls reparative therapy quackery as he signs a law banning the practice of changing teens’ sexual orientation; syphilis rates spike in Houston; and Big-Apple guys choose big condoms. 

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Crazy About Contraception (One Way or Another)

When it comes to contraception, the United States could be viewed as the land of lunacy. The facts and figures from that country demonstrate the power of contraception to change a society.

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World Contraception Day: Myths, Rumors, and Rubbish

More than 20 different methods of long-acting and short-acting hormonal and barrier contraception are now available, many of which are 99-percent-plus effective. But strange superstitions live on.

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Why Sex Workers Must Be Part of the Global Human Rights Agenda

India's National Network of Sex Workers in the Freedom Festival in Calcutta, India. 07/2012. Photos: Luca Stevenson.

If we intend to develop policies that are fair and just, we must collaborate with sex workers themselves to afford them the dignity that they and all of us deserve. It’s time for sex workers’ rights to be an integrated part of the global human rights agenda.

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Research into Infections and Cancer May End in New Birth Control Methods Down the Road

Two separate research efforts—one looking to prevent STD transmission and the other looking to treat cancer—may ultimately lead to new options in contraception including a pill for men and a vaginal ring that prevents both STDs and pregnancy. But the journey from lab to pharmacy is long and we shouldn’t forget the good methods we already have.

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Sexual Health Roundup: How to Regulate Porn and Profit From It

This week’s sexual health roundup is all about pornography: city officials in Los Angeles try to figure out how to regulate condom use on porn sets just as filming shuts down because of a syphilis outbreak and business and marketers in many segments jump on Fifty Shades bandwagon. 

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Here’s a Secret: Size Really Does Matter

Condoms are 98 percent effective when used perfectly, but only 82 percent effective with typical use. Wearing a condom that is too small or too big can impact how effective a condom is at preventing pregnancy.

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Are We Ready To Trust Black Men When They Speak?

New qualitative research study, You & Me, shares findings that Black men who have sex with men use condoms more often than was thought. Many are questioning if they are telilng the truth about their practices. What does this say about us as providers and educators?

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New York Lawmakers Compromise Public Health by Failing to Pass “No Condoms as Evidence” Bill

This year’s New York State legislative session has ended, and by failing to vote on and pass the “no condoms as evidence of prostitution” bill, lawmakers missed an opportunity to be national and global leaders in ensuring that counterproductive policing and prosecuting practice does not compromise disease prevention and public health.

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