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Sexual Health in the News Feb 2 - Feb 8

Newborn Syphilis Cases Up as More Screening Urged - WebMD
Newborn syphilis cases have shot up in the United States in recent years, so an expert panel is reaffirming the need to screen all pregnant women for the infection. NCSH member, Fred Wyand of ASHA, is quoted in this story. 

Herpes Rates Decline Across US - CNN
According to a new report, herpes infections are decreasing across nearly every demographic in the United States. Since 1999, there has been an 11.3% drop in HSV-1 and a 5.9% drop in HSV-2.  

African-Americans Disproportionately Endangered by HIV/AIDS - Reuters
According to a new CDC report, African-Americans are far more likely than other Americans to be infected with HIV but far less likely to get life-saving treatments that stop the virus' spread.    

Sex Harassment Can Make Victims Physically Sick, Studies Reveal - Washington Post 
In over a dozen studies, researchers have documented other physical symptoms caused by sexual harassment, such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems and disrupted sleep.

There Are More Free Condoms at the Winter Olympics Than Ever Before - Time
More free condoms will be doled out at the PyeongChang Games than at any previous Winter Olympics. Athletes had access to 110,000 condoms this year, more than 37 condoms per person.  

Study Shows Young People Are Having More Kinds of Sex - Teen Vogue
A new study shows that young adults, particularly heterosexual teens, are much more comfortable with sexual experimentation than they were 20 years ago.

Notre Dame Switches Its Position on Birth-Control Coverage-Again - The Atlantic
The university will bar "abortion-inducing drugs" from its insurance plans but will begin covering "simple contraceptives," a move its president calls a "complex decision."  

Only a Handful of Countries are Backing a Life-Saving HIV-Prevention Drug - Quartz 
Truvada, a pill that is 90% to 99% effective at preventing HIV infection, costs about $1,500 per month, making it too expensive for many who would benefit. Only a handful of countries provide subsidies or have other programs in place to make the drug more accessible.   

What Teenagers are Learning from Online Porn - New York Times Magazine
American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know - and it's shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?

Air Force Academy Mismanaged Sexual Assault Program, Pentagon Says - CNN Politics 
The US Air Force Academy mismanaged its sexual assault prevention and response program during the 2017 academic year and failed to comply with the military's victim assistance and advocacy policy.  

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