Sexual Health in the News Apr 12 - Apr 18

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Why the Dramatic Rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections Is a Major Wakeup Call – Well + Good
Experts discuss factors impacting the recent increase of STI cases in the U.S., including dating app culture, substance abuse, stigma, and a false sense of security about STIs due to newly developed treatments. NCSH arranged the interviews with Dr. Leone and Dr. Mobley, and collaborated with the CDC to line up an expert, Dr. Torrone.


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Teen Dating Violence Can Lead To Homicide – And Girls Are The Most Common Victims – NPR
A recent study found that of the more than 2,000 adolescents killed between 2003 and 2016, nearly 7 percent were killed by their current or former intimate partners. Experts say this highlights the need to take intimate partner violence among adolescents as seriously as with adults.

Human Trafficking Is an Epidemic In The US. It’s Also Big Business – Fortune
With human trafficking now a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide and cases increasing in the US, activists are trying to squash the myth that most women who work as prostitutes do so because they want to.

Raising An Intersex Child: ‘This Is Your Body…There’s Nothing To Be Ashamed Of – CNN
Parents of intersex babies have historically faced a decision to consent to cosmetic procedures to help their babies conform to the mainstream characteristics of one sex or the other. The intersex community is pushing a bill that would prohibit these surgeries unless medically necessary.

How Banning Abortion in the Early Weeks of Pregnancy Suddenly Became Mainstream – New York Times
With a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, newly confident red states are passing some of the strictest abortion prohibitions the US has ever seen, with the ultimate goal of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Medical Association Blasts Military’s Transgender Policy – ABC News
The American Medical Association has publicly opposed the new transgender military ban, and says the ban mischaracterizes gender transitioning as a ‘deficiency’ and has limited medical science to back it.

House Democrats Probe Trump Administration’s Funding of Anti-Abortion Group – The Hill
Democrats are launching a probe of the Trump administration’s decision to fund an anti-abortion group through a federal family planning program, saying the changes don’t meet the goals of the program.

What’s A “Consent Condom”? Experts Weigh In On Why It Misses The Point – Elite Daily
Companies are beginning to build products that can further the consent conversation, but they aren’t necessarily useful in practice. Experts discuss the new “consent condom” and how it misses the point of the conversation around consensual sex.

The Psychology Behind Sexting Reveals Exactly Why It’s So Addicting – Elite Daily
Psychologists cite the customization of sexual communication and ability to foster intimacy as reasons for the popularity of sexting.

8 Myths And Beliefs About The Penis, Analyzed By Sex Experts – HuffPost
Urologists talk common myths about the penis, including the shoe size and penis size correlation, circumcision, and if condoms reduce pleasure.

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For general media inquiries about sexual health topics and/or to schedule an interview with one of our experts, please contact Susan Gilbert, NCSH Co-Director, at susan.gilbert@altarum.org