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Teaching Consent: Could Oklahoma Lead a New Wave in Sex Education? – Rolling Stone
If passed, Oklahoma House Bill 2734 would provide high school teachers with the training and resources required to have nuanced, evidence-based conversations with their students about consent. Six other states are also working to pass similar legislation.

Parents Often Struggle to Talk About Sex with LGBTQ Teens: Northwestern Study – Chicago Tribune
New research from Northwestern University explores how parents of LGBTQ teens often struggle when discussing sex with their children, sometimes because of discomfort or lack of information.

Sexual Harassment: What Employers Should Do About #MeToo – Forbes
Executives are coming to grips with the realization that their own companies are not doing enough to prevent sexual harassment from creeping into the workday. But how exactly can companies do better? Three Harvard Business School faculty members provide some practical advice executives can follow.

When Surviving Cancer Gets in the Way of Your Sex Life – Huffington Post
As cancer treatments continue to improve, the population of survivors is growing larger, and survivors are living longer. There’s a growing need to address the unique and often lifelong health issues they face as a result of treatment – including sexual dysfunction.

Young People Are at Risk for HIV/AIDS, Too – Teen Vogue
Young people ages 13 to 24 accounted for 22% of all new HIV diagnoses in the US in 2015. However, young people dealing with HIV/AIDS are still the least likely of any age group to have access to or get health care that would help them reduce the risk of transmitting the disease to others.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Rates Climb, but Few Young Women Feel At Risk – Forbes
In the midst of record-high rates of STDs a new industry-sponsored survey finds that many of those at high risk for STDs are not getting tested—and don’t seem to think they need to.

FDA Orders Bayer to Implement Additional Safety Measures on Essure Contraception Device – CNBC
The FDA is issuing unique restrictions on sales of the permanent contraception device Essure to ensure that women considering its use have all available information about its risks and benefits.

PrEP Campaign Aims to Block HIV Infection and Save Lives in DC – NPR
A big part of DC’s plan to get its HIV rate down is to get more uninfected people on PrEP. The Department of Health and community groups are pulling out all the stops to raise awareness.

Google Trends Predicts Syphilis Incidence – Medscape
According to new research, online searches for information about risk factors for and symptoms of syphilis can alert public health authorities to emerging cases.

Plan B Is Effective No Matter How Often You Use It — But You Probably Shouldn't Rely on It for Birth Control – Insider
Emergency contraceptive (EC) pills can prevent pregnancy if you take them within five days of unprotected sex. While frequent use of these pills doesn’t make them less effective, you might be better off switching to a different kind of birth control if you’re using EC often.  


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