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Sexual Health Roundup: HPV Vaccines Protect “the Herd,” FDA Approves In-Home HIV Test, and More on Sexting and Teens

In this week’s sexual health roundup: new research suggests that the HPV vaccine lowers the likelihood of HPV in both the young women who have had them and others in their communities; the FDA approves the first completely in-home HIV test but some worry about its potentially high rate of false-negatives; and the latest addition to research on teens and sexting finds those who sext are more likely to have had sex. 

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Why Are Sex Workers Being Banned From Participating in the International AIDS Conference? A Call to Action on Sex Work and HIV

Sex workers and allies demand US policy change in lead up to the International AIDS Conference.

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Why Aren’t More Girls Getting the HPV Vaccine?

Even though the HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer, only 20% of girls are getting all three shots. Maybe it’s time to highlight how it not only prevents cancer, but also that it prevents other medical complications.

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Sexual Health Round Up: Girls Not Getting all Three HPV Shots, Six-Year Old Suspended for “Sexual Harassment”

In this week’s sexual health round up: new research finds that only 38 percent of girls who start the HPV vaccine get all three shots; a new study finds that while the specific gene therapy tried did not impact HIV, the concept still shows promise; and a six-year-old is suspended from a Colorado elementary school for sexual harassment. 

 

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He-Men, Virginity Pledges, and Bridal Dreams: Obama Administration Quietly Endorses Dangerous Ab-Only Curriculum

Thirty years of public health science clearly demonstrates that providing young people with information about the health benefits of both abstinence and contraception and condoms, does not cause young people to initiate sex earlier or have sex more often. Abstinence-only-until marriage programs leave young people unprepared. They are unethical.

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The Centers for Disease Control’s New Priorities for STD Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control recently established four priorities for STD prevention: Protecting the future health of adolescents and young people; protecting men who have sex with men; raising awareness about multi-drug resistant gonorrhea; and eliminating congenital syphilis.

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The Case for Increased Funding for Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections cost the U.S. health care system $17 billion every year — and that number doesn’t even take into account the amount STDs cost to individuals in short-term and long-term consequences. We need more funding to prevent and treat these infections.

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Have You Thanked Your Disease Investigation Specialists Lately?

Have you ever wondered how epidemics are controlled? Well, you can thank your local DIS for that.

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Sex and Seniors: As Infections in Older Adults Rise, We Need More Gray Hairs and Wrinkles in Sex-Ed Materials

It is easy to overlook seniors when we see the dire numbers around STIs and teens, yet we remain at risk for sexually transmitted infections as we age. 

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Someone’s Gotta Do It: While Protecting Their Communities, Local Health Departments Face Rising Caseloads, Dwindling Resources

Coming from the public health perspective, it isn’t a fun job to notify someone about their exposure to an STD, but it is fulfilling to know that you have helped keep someone healthy. So the next time the phone rings, keep in mind, it may not be the call you want, but it may be the call you get and it will help protect you.

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