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FDA Panel Considers Replacing the Pap Test

Current recommendations suggest Pap tests be used as primary screening tools for cervical cancer, but some experts would like to see newer DNA testing used more often.

Current recommendations suggest Pap tests be used as primary screening tools for cervical cancer, but some experts would like to see newer DNA testing used more often.

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Exam Rooms and Bedrooms: Navigating Queer Sexual Health

As more of us get health care, we must demand that our providers are meeting our needs, in every context.

People are having all kinds of sex, regardless of how they identify their orientation; we need a health-care system that is prepared to address everyone’s questions, issues, and concerns about sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health.

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Yes, Camille Paglia, Let’s Put Sex Back in Sex Ed—But Not Fear, Shame, or Stereotypes

sex education chalkboard

In a recent editorial, Paglia argues for moving toward a sex ed model in which young people learn reproductive biology in one class, study sexually transmitted diseases in another, and get a healthy dose of fear, shame, and gender stereotypes in yet another. But sexuality educators disagree.

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Mississippi Sex Ed Law Leads to Reshuffled, But Not Improved, Curricula

just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.

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.

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Parents’ Distrust of Vaccines May Be Even Harder to Counter Than We Thought

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

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.

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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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