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The History of Sex Ed: From Awkward and Exclusionary, to Affirmative and Empowering – Ms. Magazine
SIECUS’s History of Sex Education narrates the trajectory of sex ed over the decades, revealing how mainstream curricula responded to economic and political objectives. This story features SIECUS, a NCSH member.

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Too Few Young Men Have Gotten the HPV Vaccine – U.S. News and World Report
An analysis of recent data revealed that only 16% of men aged 18-21 had received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine at any age, compared with 42% of women in the same age group.

Laws Banning Transgender Student Athletes Splinter GOP – POLITICO
States are considering an unprecedented number of bills targeting transgender women and girls who play sports, but Republican support for the measures is not universal.

US Birth Rate Lowest Since 1979 as Pandemic-Led Stress Rises – Reuters
Americans had the lowest number of babies in more than four decades last year, mirroring a slump in European birth rates, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced more people to take care of sick family members or deal with job losses.

Erosion of Reproductive Rights with 28 Abortion Restrictions Signed in 4 Days: Report – ABC News
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization, 2021 is on track to see historic high numbers of abortion restrictions.

New Study Examines Sexuality of People with Autism – U.S. News and World Report
Adults with autism report a broad range of sexuality—being much more likely to identify as asexual, bisexual, or homosexual than people without autism, a new study finds.

Condom Sales Skyrocket As Americans Prepare for ‘Hot Vax Summer’ – The Hill
As vaccination rates continue to rise and “hot vax summer” trends on social media, people are looking to get out and socialize in an intimate way, sending U.S. condom sales surging.

Better Access to Birth Control Boosts School Graduation Rates – U.S. News and World Report
According to research in Colorado, if access to affordable birth control increases, the percentage of women leaving high school drops by double digits, while rates of pregnancies and abortions also fall.

Bill and Melinda Gates Divorce Highlights Rise of Older-Age Splits – The Wall Street Journal
Divorce rates among couples over 50—sometimes called ‘gray’ divorce—have risen despite an overall decline across age groups. Some counselors expect soul-searching during COVID-19 to accelerate the trend.

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