Sexual Health in the News February 12 - February 18

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10 Condom Myths to Bust During National Condom Week – Medium
Do you think you know all there is to know about condoms? There have always been misconceptions about condoms, and now is the perfect time to start busting them. NCSH arranged the interview with Dr. Logan Levkoff.

Staring Down the Stigma of Sexually Transmitted Diseases – The New York Times
Compassion, science, and a loving playfulness are the ultimate recipe for defusing stigma in NCSH member Dr. Ina Park’s new book, “Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDS.” Read The NY Times review here.

What You Need to Know About Factor V Leiden—A Blood Clotting Condition That Can Cause Miscarriages – INSIDER
Factor V Leiden is a genetic blood clotting disorder that can cause complications such as blood clots in the legs, lungs, and other parts of the body, which can affect pregnancy. NCSH arranged the interview with coalition member, Dr. Kate White.

Other News This Week

In Tuskegee, Painful History Shadows Efforts to Vaccinate African Americans – NPR
A lingering mistrust of the medical system makes some Black Americans hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The mistrust is rooted in history, including the infamous study of syphilis that left Black men in Tuskegee, Alabama suffering from the disease.

On Dating Apps, ‘Covid Vaccinated’ and ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Are Popping Up in Profile Names. Does That Mean It’s Okay to Be Intimate? – The Washington Post
Some online dating platforms have seen as much as a 137% increase in mentions of “vaccine” in profiles from November to January. Some are wondering: Is this a new way to say, “Pick me! I’m safe”?

State Anti-Transgender Bills Represent Coordinated Attack, Advocates Say – NBC News
Many proposed bans on trans athletes and transition care for minors share identical language.

A Feminine Wash for Teens? Angry Parents and Gynecologists Are on a Social Media Crusade. – The Washington Post
Feminine hygiene is a $21.6 billion global industry, and while products such as tampons and sanitary products are needed, scented “feminine” washes and wipes are unnecessary and can be downright harmful. Now they’re being marketed to teens.

What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet – Wired
The first generation of girls to grow up on the internet are now parents themselves. That might mean a new approach to sex education.

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