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Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus Case in US Prompts CDC to Issue New Guidelines - ABC News
After the Zika virus was transmitted through sexual contact in Dallas, Texas, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for travelers to and from outbreak regions.

Should All Women Not on Birth Control Give Up Drinking? - Los Angeles Times
Citing the dangers of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, last week the CDC released an advisory that directs women of childbearing age to abstain from alcohol entirely unless they are on birth control. According to this op-ed, this recommendation is deeply troubling on both scientific and ethical grounds.

What Long-Term Couples with Good Sex Lives Have In Common - Bustle
According to research coming out later this month in the Journal of Sex Research, good sex in relationships doesn't have to die out. In fact, some people keep an interesting, satisfying sex life going for decades.
Reducing the number of men who go to prison could help curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a community, according to a new computer model developed by researchers at the University of Michigan.

Without Anyone Noticing, D.C. Passed a Remarkable LGBT Bill  - The Advocate
Last week, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act. Once signed, the district will be the first jurisdiction in the nation to require LGBTQ cultural competency training for health care providers. 

Contraceptives of The Future: Latex Condom Made With Spinifex Grass To Be as Thin as Human Hair - Medical Daily
Australian researchers developed a method to extract nanocellulose from native spinifex grass, and have used it as an additive in latex. The resulting "grass" condom is thinner, stronger, and more flexible than the standard.
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