Having spent much of my career reviewing abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula and material, I can promise that just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.
Doctors in California believe that they have cleared HIV from the blood of a nine-month-old who seems to have been born with the virus. Though they can’t call it a “cure” or even say she is in remission because she continues to take medication, her doctors believe she has “sero-reverted to HIV-negative.”
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective, many parents have become skeptical. Efforts to encourage these parents to change their minds have most often focused on correcting misinformation. A new study, however, suggests that this approach may backfire.
Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife provides an anecdotal look back at Ellen Cohen’s nearly three-decade-long tenure as a midwife. By turns, the book is heartbreaking and exhilarating.
The European Parliament must decide Wednesday whether it should formally recommend that European states criminalize the act of buying sex. This criminalization approach is becoming an increasingly applauded policy—by everyone except sex workers and the people who work with them.
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 But some HIV advocates argue that this language is outdated and imprecise, and the CDC has agreed to change it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released sexually transmitted disease surveillance data for 2012, and the news is not good: Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise.
Recent political developments suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.
This week, another shutdown in the adult film industry, a campaign in the UK suggests nobody wants chlamydia for Christmas, actress Geena Davis asks us to note the alarming lack of female characters in G-rated family moves, and carols to promote sex-positive health and wellness.
Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis. But raise the subject of the pope’s continued exclusion of women and the church’s opposition to any form of reproductive freedom, and you’re all but told to shut up and wait.