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Sexual Health in the News Apr 5 - Apr 11

New Study Finds Some Boys Are Having Sex Before Age 13 – CBS News
New research shows that between 4% and 8% of boys report having sex before they are 13, with notable differences based on geography, race, and ethnicity. Data highlights the importance of having conversations about sex at an earlier age.

The ‘Orgasm Gap’: Why It Exists and What Women Can Do About It – NBC
While 95 percent of heterosexual men report they usually or always orgasm during sex, only 65 percent of heterosexual women say the same. Experts explore some of the reasons why this is the case, including a lack of “cliteracy.” 

Queerbaiting – Exploitation Or a Sign of Progress? – BBC
Experts say queerbaiting—the practice of using hints of sexual ambiguity to tease an audience—can be a troubling practice as it uses the LGBT identity to establish an ‘edgy’ identity in pop culture.

Nearly 70 Percent of Americans Are Okay With a Gay President, Poll Says – Washington Post
In line with increased public support for same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights, the majority of Americans would be either enthusiastic about or comfortable with a gay or lesbian presidential candidate.

Tracking Your Pregnancy On an App May Be More Public Than You Think – Washington Post
Some companies are pushing pregnancy tracking apps, have incentivized workers to input data, and paid app developerss to access data. Concerns are emerging that companies could use the data to bump up health care costs or scale back benefits, or could identify women based on the data.

Mormon Church Drops Anti-LGBT Policy From 2015, Saying Children of Same-Sex Couples Now Can Be Baptized – CNN
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dropping a ban on baptism for children of same-sex couples, saying it wants to “reduce the hate and contention so common today.”

A New Condom Emphasizes Consent By Requiring Four Hands to Open the Package – CNN
An Argentine company is using the tagline, “Without consent there is no pleasure” in promoting their condoms intended to highlight the importance of consent in healthy sexual relationships.

Everything You Should Know About Vaginismus And How to Treat It – HuffPost
Vaginismus, a condition that can cause painful vaginal intercourse for women, is not incredibly common, but is debilitating for those who experience it. Experts share what you should know, including that it can be caused by both physical and psychological factors, and be treated.

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