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Military Women Face Serious Challenges When it Comes to Birth Control - Huffington Post
Women in the military face unique barriers to obtaining birth control. Allergan, the company that manufactures the Liletta IUD, hopes to change that by offering the device to 700 military bases at a cost of $55.83, a savings of almost $600.

U.S. Spent $1.4 Billion to Stop HIV by Promoting Abstinence. Did it Work? - NPR
In the past 12 years, the U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion funding abstinence programs in Africa. But a study published this week in Health Affairs found the abstinence programs have been a failure.
 
The Unintended Consequences of Purity Pledges - The Atlantic
A new study suggests teens who vow to be sexually abstinent until marriage-and then break that vow-are more likely to wind up pregnant than those who never took the pledge to begin with.
 
Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low, but Sex Ed Still a Struggle - CNN
A recent study found that the proportion of teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 who were taught about birth control methods declined from 70 to 60 percent from 2006-2010 and 2011-2013.

'Loveline' Ends After 30 Years. Here's How Sex Questions Became a Radio Phenomenon. - Washington Post
Last week, Dr. Drew Pinsky's 'Loveline' aired its final show. This article explores how trends in sex talk radio have changed over the past 30 years.

Watching Porn that Portrays Condom Use in Anal Sex Scenes Promotes Safe Sexual Behavior Among Gay, Bisexual Men - Medical Daily
A recent study found men who viewed sexually explicit porn containing condoms were less likely to have anal sex without condoms themselves.

Lawmakers Vote to Let N.J. Pharmacists Prescribe Birth Control 
  NJ.com
A state Senate panel approved legislation Monday that would allow pharmacists in New Jersey to dispense contraceptives to women and girls without a doctor's prescription.
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