Sexual Health in the News Feb 15 - Feb 21

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False Allegations of Sexual Assault Are Rare—So Why Do So Many People Still Accuse Victims of Lying? – Well + Good
Since the #MeToo movement took hold, more people are bravely sharing their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse; however, victims are often met with skepticism when they come forward. Laura Palumbo of NSVRC, an NCSH member, is quoted.

Other News This Week

Meth Abuse Contributing to Significant Increase in Cases of Syphilis, Study Finds – Forbes
A new study from the CDC revealed that a recent spike in syphilis cases among persons living in the U.S. may be the result of methamphetamine and injection drug use.

HPV Infections Most Tied to Cancer Are in Decline, and Vaccines May Be Why – US News & World Report
Infections with two strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) are showing marked declines among American women, and rising vaccination rates could be driving the trend.

White House Plan to Stop HIV Faces a Tough Road in Oklahoma – NPR
Trump’s plan to stop the spread of HIV in the U.S. within 10 years targets seven states where rural transmission of HIV is especially high, but strategies that work in progressive cities like Seattle won't necessarily work in rural areas.

At Least 20 Abortion Cases Are in the Pipeline to the Supreme Court. Any One Could Gut Roe v. Wade. – Washington Post
In the pipeline are at least 20 lawsuits that have the potential to be decided in ways that could significantly change the rights laid out in the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision.

The High Cost of Sex: Insurers Often Don’t Pay for Drugs to Treat Problems – Kaiser Health News
For some older people, the joy of sex may be tempered by financial concerns: Can they afford the medications they need to improve their experience between the sheets?

Jussie Smollett Isn’t the Reason Black LGBT Hate-Crime Victims Aren’t Believed – Washington Post
If the “Empire” star lied, there’s no excuse. But when it comes to our unjust double-standard on who is believed and who isn’t, the problem doesn’t start with him.

How to Pick the Best Type of Condom for You, According to Sexperts – Elite Daily
Condoms are readily available contraceptives that are sometimes even passed out for free. Yet, it's not always easy to know what kind is best for you and your partner(s).

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