Sexual Health in the News Apr 19 - Apr 25

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Men Also Contract HPV. So Why Aren’t They Tested Like Women Are? – HuffPost
Despite 25% of men in the U.S. having high-risk HPV compared to only 20% of women, no routine HPV screening for men exists. Experts explain and discuss how that puts STI stigma on women. The story features an interview with Sunny Rodgers, a spokesperson for ASHA, an NCSH member.

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HHS Nearing Plan to Roll Back Transgender Protections – POLITICO
The Trump administration is preparing to reverse an Obama administration policy extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender patients, and put protections into place for health workers who cite religious or moral objections to providing services such as abortion.

Gilead Defied a Government HIV Patent. The Justice Department Has Opened a Review. – Washington Post
The government has launched a review of a government patent for use of the HIV prevention drug, Truvada, indicating the government may be considering action against the drug’s manufacturer, Gilead.

21 Abortion Restrictions Have Already Been Enacted in 2019. More Are Coming. – Fortune
In their pursuit of overturning Roe v. Wade, conservatives have successfully enacted twenty-one abortion restrictions this year—and lawmakers in 28 state legislatures have introduced bills to add even more restrictions.

Transgender Adults Have Higher Risk of Poor Health, U.S. Study Finds – NBC
In a recent study, transgender people were 30 percent more likely to report being in “fair” or “poor” health than cisgender adults. This study shows that it’s hard being a transgender person in a society that doesn’t fully accept you, and this stigma can take a toll on your health.   

Bisexual People Have Higher Rates of Depression For These Reasons, A Large New Study Suggests – Bustle
According to a new study, bisexual people feel more alienated and less supported than other members of the LBGTQ community, , and experience more mental health issues.

UN Adopts Sexual-Violence Resolution—After ‘Reproductive Health’ Language Is Cut – Fortune
After threatening to veto, the US succeeded in altering the language of a United Nations resolution condemning violence in warfare, removing “sexual and reproductive” language perceived by the administration as code for abortion.

Nobody Uses Dental Dams – The Atlantic
One leading company says that it sells less than 600 dental dams monthly in the US. Experts explain why they are still around and the reasons they are not commonly used during oral sex.

Everything to Know About Non-Monogamous Relationships, Including Polyamory, Open Relationships, and More – Men’s Health
A sexologist explains the different types of non-monogamous relationships and what makes them unique, including open relationships, monogamish, swinging, polyamory, and more.

Scientists Reveal the Mental Health Consequences of Unwanted Sexting – Inverse
A new study found unwanted sexting is linked to negative psychological well-being, while desired sexting is not. The story highlights why sexting is sometimes categorized as positive behavior and other times as a negative behavior.

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