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Advocates Counter Abstinence-Only Push with Facebook Live Sex Ed – CNN
As part of The Sex Ed Sit Out, parents pulled their kids out of school to protest graphic sex education. To counteract the protest, teens got together to provide youth-led sex ed on social media. NCSH member Advocates for Youth is mentioned.

Trump Administration Pushes Abstinence in Teen Pregnancy Programs – New York Times
The Trump administration has issued new rules for funding programs to prevent teenage pregnancy, favoring those that promote abstinence and not requiring as rigorous evidence of effectiveness.

This Game-Changing Pill Protects Against HIV. It Isn’t Reaching the Men Who Need It Most. – Huffington Post
A daily dose of PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, can reduce a person’s risk of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent, but insufficient outreach and a legacy of racism in medicine are preventing queer black men from using PrEP.

Trump Plan Would Cut Back Health Care Protections for Transgender People – New York Times
The Trump administration says it plans to roll back a rule issued by President Barack Obama that prevents doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people.

The Lorals Dental Dam Shows Why It’s So Hard to Make Good Safe Sex Products – The Verge
Oral sex can still transmit STIs. But dental dams have never been popular with the general public — and their low sales have hampered the very product innovation that might make them a sexier, more affordable, and generally more appealing safer sex product.

7 Things You Should Know Before Getting an STD Test – Men’s Health
If you’re sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship, you’re at risk for sexually transmitted diseases and should be screened, even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms. Here's exactly what men need to know about the process.

What Guys Who Say They Won't Use Condoms During Sex Really Need to Know – Elite Daily
Some men refuse to wear a condom, and have a variety of reasons or excuses for refusing.  If you're one of these guys in question, there are a few things you really need to know.

5 Ways Your Sex Life Changes As You Get Older — For the Better – Bustle
If we can stop pretending that sex is something exclusively enjoyed by young people, we can destigmatize sex between older people and help people enjoy satisfying sex lives at all ages.

What Happens If You Let an STD Go Untreated? – Men’s Health
For motivation to get tested, here is a quick refresher on what five major STIs look like — and what can happen if you don’t treat them appropriately.

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