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This Week in Sex: New Research on Improving Intimacy, and a Kegel Counter That Vibrates

New research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk.

This week, new research suggests that orgasms promote positive pillow talk and improve intimacy but alcohol has the opposite effect; a study finds that the new HIV-prevention drug Truvada may also reduce the risk of genital herpes; and a vibrator company introduced a Fitbit for your vagina.

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The Much Maligned Condom: Why We Can’t Be Surprised Use Is Down Among Teens

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned.

Once hailed as a lifesaver and necessity for everyone thinking about having sex, condoms are now frequently maligned—young people are surrounded by messages suggesting they don’t work, they break, and they take all the fun out of sex.

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HIV Stigma Violently Rages On: We Must Do Better

Recently, two news stories emerged that together paint a powerful picture of the dangers inherent in HIV stigma and misinformation about HIV, perpetuated in large part by the media.

Recently, two news stories emerged that together paint a powerful picture of the dangers inherent in HIV stigma and misinformation about HIV, perpetuated in large part by the media.

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Bill Requiring Condoms in Porn Narrowly Passes Out of California Senate Committee

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

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This Week in Sex: Bisexual Men Have Unique Needs, Casual Sex Is Good for Some, Later Childbirth Linked to Longer Life

A new study suggests that reactions to casual sex are mostly about the individuals who are having it and how authentic they are being to their own sexual mores.

This week, new studies accuse the public health community of ignoring the unique needs of bisexual men, find that casual sex is good for some people’s self-esteem, and show that women who get pregnant naturally at older ages may live longer.

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Teen Survey Shows No Progress in Safer Sex Behavior

The results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which were released on Friday, are somewhat discouraging. On almost every measure of safer sexual behavior, progress has either stagnated or, in cases like condom use, reversed.

The results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which were released on Friday, are somewhat discouraging. On almost every measure of safer sexual behavior, progress has either stagnated or, in cases like condom use, reversed.

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An Abortion Access Crisis Behind East Texas’ ‘Pine Curtain’

Whole Woman's Health in Beaumont, Texas

There isn’t a looming reproductive health-care crisis in the South. It has already arrived.

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Louisiana Legislature Continues to Restrict Sex Education

In three separate votes in the last two weeks, the Louisiana legislature has decided to stick to its brand of restrictive sex education despite having higher than average teen pregnancy and birth rates and alarmingly high rates of HIV diagnosis in young people.

In three separate votes in the last two weeks, the Louisiana legislature has decided to stick to its brand of restrictive sex education despite having higher than average teen pregnancy and birth rates and alarmingly high rates of HIV diagnosis in young people.

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Why Now Is a Terrible Time to Disrupt Care for Women Living With HIV

A significant source of care for women, infants, children, and youth living with HIV is under attack.

May 11-17 marks National Women’s Health Week, when women are encouraged to get checkups and health screenings and build relationships with their health-care providers. Meanwhile, a significant source of care for women, infants, children, and youth living with HIV is under attack.

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The NYPD Finally Changes Condoms-as-Evidence Policy, But Leaves Giant Loophole

In the wake of public pressure and impending legislative action, the NYPD has finally changed its policy of allowing officers to seize condoms as evidence of prostitution.

In the wake of public pressure and impending legislative action, the NYPD has finally changed its policy of allowing officers to seize condoms as evidence of prostitution. But the revised policy contains a loophole that advocates fear will continue to inhibit condom use.

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