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This Is Exactly What Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Feel Like - Elite Daily
NCSH member and spokesperson Dr. Katharine O'Connell White shares what chlamydia and gonorrhea feel like for most people, which is nothing because they are mostly asymptomatic infections. 

Why We're All So Afraid of Herpes, Even Though It's Actually Not the Worst STD - Elite Daily
Two NCSH members comment in this article: Dr. Edward Hook explains common misperceptions, while Jenelle Marie Davis, the STD Project, tackles the stigma associated with this very common infection. Both aim to reassure that herpes can be effectively managed, and that you can still have relationships and sex.

An Amazing New Web Series Is Making Sex Education More Inclusive - Huffington Post
AMAZE, a series of web videos jointly developed by NCSH members Advocates for Youth, Answer, and Youth Tech Health, are intended to help those ages 10-14 better understand puberty, and also address sexual orientation and gender identity, friendships and relationships.

For Many LGBTQ People, Even a Routine Doctor Visit Can Be a 'Degrading Experience' - Washington Post
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 37 percent of transgender Americans have experienced discrimination in a hospital or doctor's office. The problem may be greatest for LGBTQ people, but it affects anyone who is outside the norm in any way. 

'It's Not in Your Head': Striking New Study Links Birth Control to Depression - Washington Post
A striking new study has found those who use birth control - especially teenage girls - may be at a significantly higher risk of experiencing depression. The research has been heralded as groundbreaking for its depth and breadth, even if it seems to only confirm what some women say they've been feeling for years - that their hormonal contraceptives make them sad.

Kelly Ayotte's Campaign Hands Out Condoms at N.H. Colleges - Boston Globe
Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte's campaign is highlighting a birth control bill she sponsored by handing out free condoms on college campuses. The bill would provide incentives for birth control manufacturers to file with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move their products over-the-counter. Critics argued that the bill would actually reduce access to contraception and cost women more money.

Most Gay Men Not Aware of Treatment to Protect Them from HIV - Science Daily
New findings, published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggest that many health care providers don't discuss PrEP, even with high-risk patients they know are gay or bisexual or have been tested for other sexually transmitted diseases. PrEP, a once-daily pill, reduces HIV incidence by 92 percent in HIV-negative people who are at high risk for HIV.

These 2 Questions Are the Key to Fixing a So-so Sex Life - Self  
Whether your sexual relationship is barely on life support or could just use a boost, you can start actually enjoying it again by asking yourself a few inspired questions experts pose to clients going through the same thing. 

Women Often Suffer Sexual Problems in Silence - CNN
Painful sex. A lack of desire. An inability to lubricate. These are some of the most common sexual complaints facing women as they age, yet a majority of women are not getting the help they need from their doctors to solve those problems, according to a new study from the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

Men with Zika Exposure to Abstain from Conceiving Longer - MedicalXpress 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new recommendations on how long men with either Zika infection or exposure should abstain from trying to conceive. According to the new report, these men should abstain from trying to conceive, lengthening the waiting period from eight weeks to six months.



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