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The Hidden Reality of Cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean, cancer is a rapidly growing and increasingly deadly epidemic.

In poor countries, cervical cancer is often the most common cancer-related death among women, or even the leading cause of death for women, period.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Illinois to Improve Sex Ed, Changing HPV Messages, and West Virginia Bans Teen Sexting

This week, West Virginia bans sexting among teenagers.

This week, the Illinois senate took up a bill requiring that sex education be medically accurate, West Virginia took on teen sexting, and a new study suggested we may need to change our HPV messages if we want more women to get the vaccine.

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Would a North Carolina Bill Ban Minors From Buying Pregnancy Tests? (UPDATED)

The North Carolina legislature would rather see teens face unplanned pregnancies, untreated STIs, and chemical dependency issues than allow them to receive any form of health care without a parent's approval.

The North Carolina legislature would rather see teens face unplanned pregnancies, untreated STIs, and chemical dependency issues than allow them to receive any form of health care without a parent’s approval.

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Women and Sexually Transmitted Diseases: The Role of Public Health

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It takes the work of many to ensure everyone has access to health care.

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What Is the Role of Disease Intervention Specialists in Preventing STDs?

DIS personnel conduct voluntary interviews with patients to obtain the names and contact information of their sexual partner(s) and then use that information to contact a patient’s sexual partner(s) and inform them of their potential exposure to an STD or HIV.

When our clients are vulnerable and coping with the range of emotions that accompany news of their infection, DIS offer confidence, understanding, trust, and assurance. They are the humanity of STD awareness.

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The Important Role STD Clinics Play in Preventing STDs

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As STD clinics, I believe we should take President Obama’s words to heart when we consider our leadership role in STD prevention: “We are the change we have been waiting for.”

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Sexual Health Roundup: HPV Vaccinations Work, Circumcision Reduces STDs, and You Should Have More Sex Than Your Friends

New research shows that widespread HPV vaccination works to reduce genital warts, at least in Australia.

New research shows that widespread HPV vaccination works to reduce genital warts, at least in Australia. And the key to happiness? Don’t just have more sex—make sure you’re having more sex than your friends.

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How Do You End an Epidemic of STDs? It Takes a Country

When we all do our part, we lift the health of our communities up as a whole.

While the cool mornings here in our nation’s capital may belie it, it is April again, which means the yearly observation of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month.

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Despite Dangers of Cervical Cancer, Many Parents Still Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids Against HPV

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When it comes to HPV, somehow many parents still have it backwards—in reality, the HPV vaccine is safe, but cervical cancer is both dangerous and all too common.

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Condoms as Evidence: Terrible for Sex Workers, Terrible for Public Health

Police have made sex workers—and people they suspect of being sex workers—afraid to carry condoms by harassing them and using condoms as evidence of crimes.

Police have made sex workers—and people they suspect of being sex workers—afraid to carry condoms by harassing them and using condoms as evidence of crimes.

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