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Planned Parenthood Videos Explain HIV Prevention Drugs PrEP and PEP - Teen Vogue
On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, NCSH member, Planned Parenthood, released new videos explaining pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Currently, PrEP is most commonly used by white, gay men, even though black people are disproportionately affected by HIV. 

How Common is Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood? USA Today
According to a new study from USA Today, in partnership with NCSH member, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 94% of women working in the entertainment industry have experienced some form of harassment or assault, often by an older individual in a position of power over them.

Herpes Is Slowly Retreating, but the Infection Remains Common - New York Times
The prevalence of both genital and oral herpes simplex virus infections has declined steadily since 2000. Still, roughly half of middle-aged Americans are infected with HSV-1, and 12% are infected with HSV-2. 

This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, but Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It - NPR
New analysis from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association finds only 29% of teens that it insures have received a first dose of the HPV vaccine by their 13th birthday, as the CDC recommends. And nationally, the CDC finds that only 43% of teens are up-to-date on all recommended doses.    

Contraception for Teenagers - New York Times
Although teen pregnancies and birth rates in the United States have been declining steadily since 1990, the nation still leads the developed world with these challenging statistics. This story explores the factors - both positive and negative -- behind these numbers. 

What Trump's Abstinence-Only Education Budget Means for Young People - Teen Vogue
Despite warnings from the medical and public health communities, President Donald Trump wants to fund abstinence-only education while cutting back on sexual education programs that work.

If He Doesn't Like Condoms, Here's How to Convince Him He Needs to Wear One (Because He Does) - Elite Daily 
Here are a few lines and tips to keep in your back pocket if a guy says he doesn't like condoms. Because "no condom" is simply not an option unless you're in a monogamous relationship, have both been tested, and have had a conversation about safe sex. 

Even as Gay Rights Battles are Won, Transgender People Continue to Face Obstacles - Los Angeles Times
In post-marriage-equality America, where same-sex couples are increasingly embraced in their communities, those on the conservative right now appear to have shifted their focus to the transgender community.

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