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Young Brazilians Hope New Pope Will ‘Modernize’ Church on Social Justice Issues

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during World Youth Day 2013.

At World Youth Day in Brazil this year, I set out to get to know the audience Pope Francis would be addressing to find out their views on the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding sexuality, contraception, abortion, and homosexuality.

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Dissecting the Outrageous, Inaccurate Claims Made at a High School Abstinence-Only Presentation

Hillsboro High School, Tennessee.

A presentation in Tennessee made headlines after a student recorded the inaccurate, misleading, and extremely biased information presented in his high school class. Here’s what was said, and what’s wrong with the presentation.

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CDC, NIH Announce Promising New Treatment for Gonorrhea

A clinical trial found that two new combinations of existing drugs can cure gonorrhea, but is this enough to combat the possibility of an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea?

A clinical trial found that two new combinations of existing drugs can cure gonorrhea, but is this enough to combat the possibility of an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea?

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State-Level Assault on Abortion Rights Continues in First Half of 2013

In the first six months of 2013, legislators enacted 43 provisions aimed at restricting access to abortion.

In the first six months of 2013, states enacted more than 100 provisions related to reproductive health and rights, including 43 restrictions on access to abortion—the second-highest number of abortion access restrictions ever at the midyear mark, and as many as were enacted in all of 2012.

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Forgotten Women: UNAIDS, PEPFAR, and ‘Keeping Mothers Alive’

I hope and expect that the next progress report for the Global Plan will include a clear discussion of the link between HIV infection, maternal mortality, and women’s health more generally, and what the agencies are doing to address it.

UNAIDS and PEPFAR recently released a report on progress toward achieving an AIDS-free generation. Though there has been great progress, the report almost completely ignores the second target of the groups’ Global Plan: mothers.

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The HPV Vaccine Is Working: Rates Have Dropped Over 50 Percent Since Introduced

The bad news is that neck and throat cancers are rising, and this common sexually transmitted infection seems to be the cause. The good news: The vaccines that are available to prevent infection seem to protect against these kind of cancers as well.

Though only half of teen girls have gotten one dose of the vaccine and fewer than a third have gotten the recommended three doses, new research has found that the proportion of teen girls infected with the strains of HPV that the vaccine addresses has dropped by 56 percent.

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Porn Actor Jailed for Spreading Syphilis

Jesse Spencer, aka "Mr. Marcus."

In a rare move, a porn actor was jailed for spreading syphilis to his co-stars. His attorney argues that he is the victim of political posturing.

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The Pillars and Possibilities of a Global Plan to Address HIV in Women and Their Children

What has worked and what needs to be improved, to ensure that the HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls are adequately addressed?

A Global Plan on HIV and AIDS? It has to work for women as well as for their children. Here’s how we can make that happen.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Michael Douglas Backtracks, Parents in China Want Sex Ed, and Condoms for Batman?

Michael Douglas backtracks on his claims that cunnilingus caused his cancer.

This week, Michael Douglas backtracked on his assertion that HPV caused his cancer, parents in China said they want sex education, a study showed Australian kids in same-sex families are doing well, and Durex’s new social media campaign backfired.

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New Multipurpose Prevention Technologies Could Provide Many Benefits for Women

Now is the time to embrace the development of new health technologies that could provide simultaneous protection for the multiple health risks many women face.

Now is the time to embrace the development of new health technologies that could provide simultaneous protection for the multiple health risks many women face.

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