Sexual Health in the News Dec 15- Dec 21

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CDC Gets List of Forbidden Words: Fetus, Transgender, Diversity - Washington Post
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the CDC from using a list of seven words- including "fetus" and "transgender" - in official documents being prepared for next year's budget.

Teenage Girls Are OK Making Sexual Decisions for Themselves, Thanks! - Salon
Recent reports suggest that teen girls are capable of handling reproductive health care decisions and that paternalistic controls put on health care access only make it harder for girls to make smart decisions.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Contraception Rule- Washington Post
A federal judge temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule that allows virtually any business to cite religious or moral objections and opt out of a federal requirement to cover contraception.  

Got Sex Questions? Google Before You Ask Siri - Business Insider  
Researchers posed sexual health questions to smartphone digital assistants like Siri and to Google's online search engine, and found that the web-based results were often more likely to provide accurate information.   

Here's the Best Age to Get an HIV Test, According to Experts - Time
Scientists from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and several Massachusetts hospitals report that if HIV testing is done once, it makes the most sense at age 25.

No, Birth Control Isn't Dangerous. The Right Kind Can Boost Your Health. - Huffington Post
Last week several media outlets ran articles about a Danish study examining birth control and breast cancer. The headlines were alarming, but the actual level of risk was minimal. A New York Times letter to the editor also discussed this unnecessary alarm.   

'Pussypedia' Wants to Be a Complete Online Guide to Vaginas - Men's Health
A new online resource called Pussypedia will attempt to set the record straight about vaginas-to empower women, girls, and other people with vaginas to know more about themselves and how to stay healthy and safe.

6 Facts About HIV/AIDS That Might Totally Shock You - Women's Health
Here are six HIV/AIDS facts that medical professionals want you to be informed about right now, whether you believe you're at risk or not.

 

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