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One More Time, With Feeling: The HPV Vaccine Does Not Encourage Sexual Behavior

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective, many parents have become skeptical.

Despite a mounting body of evidence to the contrary, there continues to be a fear among adults that vaccinating young people against an STD is akin to giving them a license to have sex. Yet another study promises this isn’t going to happen.

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This Week in Sex: Chicago Pushes HPV Vaccine, a Study on Sex and Class, and Sex Ed for Seniors

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

This week, Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV, a Spanish study makes headlines about how rich people supposedly have better sex, and a New York Times op-ed urges safe sex for seniors.

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Report: Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Increased in 2012

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise in 2012, according to the CDC.

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.

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Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

Political developments last December suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

Recent political developments suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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The Politics of Fat and Emergency Contraceptives

Once again, politics have trumped science, and it’s women and girls who pay the price.

It was reported recently that French drug manufacturer HRA Pharma had found that the emergency contraceptive Norlevo, which has a similar chemical makeup to Plan B One-Step, is ineffective for women over 176 pounds. Here’s why I was not surprised.

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Killing Them Softly: Pope Francis Condemns Income Inequality, Sanctions Gender Inequality

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

In his defense of the faceless poor, the pope misses the fact that women are more likely than men to be in poverty—because of the very kind of structural inequality that his church models for the world as an image of holiness.

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Right-Wingers Again Try to Scuttle UN Convention on Rights of Disabled

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a U.N. treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a UN treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

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One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Be Enough, Study Finds

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

A new study of women in Costa Rica finds that one dose of the HPV vaccine may be enough to create the antibodies needed to prevent infection. If confirmed, this could be good news for people in the United States and abroad.

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The Time Has Come: Free Condoms in Every High School

Sex Week is coming to the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus but some state legislators really, really wish it wasn't.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new set of recommendations encouraging schools, parents, and communities to focus on destigmatizing condoms and making them more available to teenagers. What was once a radical idea is quickly becoming normalized.

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When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

When it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

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