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New Device to Protect Against Pregnancy, Herpes, and HIV Is Possible

A new vaginal ring just entering human trials would release both levonorgestrel, a hormonal contraceptive, and tenofovir, an antiretroviral that has been shown to inhibit the replication of HIV and herpes simplex virus-2.

A new vaginal ring just entering human trials would release both levonorgestrel, a hormonal contraceptive, and tenofovir, an antiretroviral that has been shown to inhibit the replication of HIV and herpes simplex virus-2.

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Progress Seen in Efforts to Create Herpes Vaccine

herpes virus

Genital herpes infects as many as one in six adults in the United States. A vaccine to prevent its spread would be a huge public health victory. We are not there yet, but recent news suggests progress.

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One Dose of HPV Vaccine May Be Enough, Study Finds

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

A new study of women in Costa Rica finds that one dose of the HPV vaccine may be enough to create the antibodies needed to prevent infection. If confirmed, this could be good news for people in the United States and abroad.

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The Time Has Come: Free Condoms in Every High School

Sex Week is coming to the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus but some state legislators really, really wish it wasn't.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new set of recommendations encouraging schools, parents, and communities to focus on destigmatizing condoms and making them more available to teenagers. What was once a radical idea is quickly becoming normalized.

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This Week in Sex: Magical Thinking About Pregnancy, Home Herpes Testing, and Mr. Balls

Senhor Testiculo, or Mr. Balls

This week, a new study finds many young women who experienced an unintended pregnancy thought it couldn’t happen to them, a home STD test might provide false reassurance, and Mr. Balls reminds us about testicular cancer.

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When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

When it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.

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Study: Black Women Less Likely To Be Covered by Existing HPV Vaccines

New research finds that Black women, who are more likely to get and die from cervical cancer, are also more likely to have strains of HPV not covered by the current vaccines. However, researchers caution this is not a reason to delay getting vaccinated.

New research finds that Black women, who are more likely to get and die from cervical cancer, are also more likely to have strains of HPV not covered by the current vaccines. However, researchers caution this is not a reason to delay getting vaccinated.

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Pediatricians Group Advocates for Greater Condom Access for Teens

condoms

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement Monday arguing that all barriers to condom access for teens should be removed because increased availability increases use—but does not increase sexual activity.

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Crisis Pregnancy Center Ad in College Paper: ‘Did Your Night [Drinking] Make You Two Weeks Late? Come to Us.’

The Hope Pregnancy Center ad in Thursday's Texas A&M newspaper.

Amid an ongoing public debate about alcohol and rape, especially with regard to teenagers and young adults, an ad for Hope Pregnancy Center in Thursday’s Texas A&M newspaper asks students if a night out at the local bars “[made] them” pregnant.

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Study: Low-Income Girls Less Likely to Get HPV Vaccine, Reasons Vary

Chicago launches a new initiative to up the number of teens who get vaccinated for HPV.

New research found that low-income parents do not get their daughters vaccinated with the HPV vaccine for a variety of reasons, including inadequate explanations by health-care providers, distrust of the government and medicine, and beliefs about pre-marital sex.

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