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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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CPAC’s Worst, Weirdest ‘Jokes’

Phil Robertson speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.

Among this year’s attempts at conservative “humor”: Sean Hannity’s X-ray utero-vision, Ted Cruz’s quip about not beating his wife, and the guy from Duck Dynasty calling STIs “the revenge of the hippies.”

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Oklahoma State Senator Wants Brides and Grooms STD-Free

Most states have rescinded their requirements that brides and grooms be tested for STDs, but one Oklahoma lawmaker would like to reverse this trend.

Most states have rescinded their requirements that brides and grooms be tested for STDs, but one Oklahoma lawmaker would like to reverse this trend.

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Study: Girls With HPV Vaccine Take Fewer Sexual Risks

Since HPV vaccines were introduced almost a decade ago, there has been a fear that vaccinating young girls against sexually transmitted infections will give them license to have sex and increase promiscuity. A new study suggests that the opposite may in fact be true—girls who have been vaccinated are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than those who have not.

Since HPV vaccines were introduced almost a decade ago, there has been a fear that vaccinating young girls against sexually transmitted infections will give them license to have sex and increase promiscuity. A new study suggests that the opposite may in fact be true—girls who have been vaccinated are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than those who have not.

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Vulvas and Vaginas Smell Like, Well, Vulvas and Vaginas

Judging by Internet users' Google searches, individuals have a lot of anxiety about the way their genitals smell. But the best thing to do is get used to the scent and learn to love it.

Judging by Internet users’ Google searches, individuals have a lot of anxiety about the way their genitals smell. But the best thing to do is get used to the scent and learn to love it.

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This Week in Sex: The Over-70 Set Is Still Doing It, and Condoms to Take the Runway

This week, a survey finds that those over 70 are still having sex, a new study links sugary drinks to earlier menstruation, and condoms are set to walk the runway in Washington.

This week, a survey finds that those over 70 are still having sex, a new study links sugary drinks to earlier menstruation, and condoms are set to walk the runway in Washington.

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New Syphilis Test May Be What Is Needed as Incidence Continues to Rise

As data emerges showing that syphilis rates are up yet again, the FDA has granted a waiver allowing a rapid test for the infection to be conducted in doctor’s offices, clinics, emergency rooms, maternity wards, and other non-laboratory settings. Experts hope that access to immediate results can increase both treatment and prevention and stem the tides of this growing epidemic.

As data emerges showing that syphilis rates are up yet again, the FDA has granted a waiver allowing a rapid test for the infection to be conducted in doctor’s offices, clinics, emergency rooms, maternity wards, and other non-laboratory settings. Experts hope that access to immediate results can increase both treatment and prevention and stem the tides of this growing epidemic.

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