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.
In this week’s sexual health round up: a CDC review of available evidence found that hormonal contraception (including Depo-Provera) does not increase a woman’s risk of contracting or transmitting HIV; a new study found that cheaters were less likely to practice safer sex than those in open relationships; an online club will send you condoms for as little of $1 a month; and a man steals a vibrator for a reason.
Sexual Health Roundup: A Mississippi mandate for sexuality education means that school districts have to choose between and abstinence-only or an abstinence-based approach by the end of the month; a survey by the Human Rights Campaign finds that LGBT teens are less happy than their straight peers; and a new condom company promises that for every condom sold it will donate one condom to women in regions with high HIV rates.
I talk to C. Virginia Fields the Chairman of the 30 for 30 Campaign, which has brought together numerous national and local advocacy and service delivery organizations to focus on the unique needs of women who are affected by HIV and AIDS, especially black women and transgender women.
New Mexico’s Chief Medical Officer is fired hours after suggesting condoms could prevent STIs among the state’s teenagers; the United Kingdom sees an increase in STIs after the government pulls funding for social marketing campaigns; and the Vatican takes aim at a nun who believes masturbation, same-sex behavior, and same-sex marriage is okay.
To confront the most often-repeated misrepresentations, I ask readers to consider these ten assertions about sexual health and education in the United States.
CDC study finds schools making little progress in sex education; Tennessee lawmakers warn against gateway “sexual behaviors,” and Springfield Massachusetts decides to provide condoms to middle school and high school students.
A Wisconsin state representative is criticizing the state university’s health center for its decision to distribute condoms before spring break. His arguments—that distributing condoms is like giving students license to have sex—are as old as they are unfounded.
A new study concludes that adolescent girls who get spending money from their boyfriends are more likely to never to use condoms. Yet again research is holding girls and women responsible for being sexual and moral gatekeepers and devaluing the capacity of men to be active participants in their relationships.
Women of color experience much higher unintended pregnancy rates than their white counterparts. As a group they also suffer higher rates of chronic diseases, including pregnancy-related conditions, which can be prevented with consistent use of contraceptives. The new regulation guaranteeing access to contraception without a co-pay will help greatly with these and other health issues.