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This Week in Sex: Would You Put Your Loved One’s Ashes in a Sex Toy?

This week, a survey shows many women are not taking precautions against STDs, Men's Health determines the "sex-happiest" cities, and a Dutch designer designs a sex toy to hold human ashes.

This week, a survey shows many women are not taking precautions against STDs, Men’s Health determines the “sex-happiest” cities, and a Dutch designer designs a sex toy to hold human ashes.

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New Study: HPV Vaccine Prevents Host of Teen Health Issues

A new study finds that the HPV vaccine prevents genital warts and precancerous changes to the cervix in young women ages 14 to 17. Not only does this provide further evidence of the vaccine's efficacy; it suggests that early vaccination is important.

A new study finds that the HPV vaccine prevents genital warts and precancerous changes to the cervix in young women ages 14 to 17. Not only does this provide further evidence of the vaccine’s efficacy; it suggests that early vaccination is important.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections Are on the Rise Across the Country  

A number of reports released last week show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise in states and localities across the country.

A number of reports released last week show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are increasing in states and localities across the United States.

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Used Condoms on Playgrounds Are Gross, But Not Cause for Alarm

Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.

Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.

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IUDs Might Be Exciting, But There’s More to Sexual Health Than Preventing Pregnancy

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

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Health Officials Issue New Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Ebola

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

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When It Comes to Abstinence-Only Education Battles, Let’s Fight Anecdotes With Anecdotes

It is tempting to laugh at Texas Rep. Stuart Spitzer, whose argument for abstinence-only education for everyone was that waiting until marriage worked for him. But the cold fact of the matter is that anecdote is often more persuasive than data.

It is tempting to laugh at Texas Rep. Stuart Spitzer, whose argument for abstinence-only education for everyone was that waiting until marriage worked for him. But the cold fact of the matter is that anecdote is often more persuasive than data.

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Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his "goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married." Democrats questioned Spitzer's knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his “goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.” Democrats questioned Spitzer’s knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

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Millennial Attitudes on Reproductive and Sexual Health Show Promise for Advocates

The findings of a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute suggest advocates have an opportunity to engage millennials—estimated to be the nation’s largest living generation—in working toward unfettered access to reproductive health information and services.

A new survey suggests that advocates have an opportunity to engage millennials in working toward unfettered access to reproductive health information and services.

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Syphilis of the Eye Outbreak: A Reminder That Curable STDs Can Be Serious

A cluster of cases on the West Coast in which syphilis has infected patients’ eyes, and in some instances caused blindness, should serve to remind us that even curable STDs can cause serious complications.

A cluster of cases on the West Coast in which syphilis has infected patients’ eyes, and in some instances caused blindness, should serve to remind us that even curable STDs can cause serious complications.

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