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Dental Dams: What Are They and Why Should I Use Them? – O.School
Heard of dental dams but not sure what they are, or how to use them? Consider this your dental dam 101. NCSH arranged the interview with Robin Watkins an NCSH member from Power to Decide.

7 Myths About Birth Control that Men Still Believe – Bustle
According to a survey of 1,000 men in the United States, a startling number of men can’t answer basic questions about birth control accurately, such as what the options are and their effectiveness. The story features Robin Watkins of Power to Decide, an NCSH member.


Other News This Week

Some Push to Change State Laws that Require HIV Disclosure to Sexual Partners – NPR
In more than 30 states, it is illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without first disclosing their status. Some are now pushing to change that, arguing that the laws are actually endangering public health.

This Year, At Least Six States Are Trying to Restrict Transgender Kids from Getting Gender Reassignment Treatments – CNN
During 2020 legislative sessions, at least six states propose restricting transgender minors' access to gender reassignment treatments. Some proposed bills make it illegal to administer the treatments, and others classify the act as child abuse.

Puberty Blockers Can Be ‘Life-Saving’ Drugs for Trans Teens, Study Shows – CNN
Transgender youth have a much greater risk of suicide, according to CDC.  However, if they have access to a puberty blocker, their chances of suicide and of mental health problems decline significantly, a new study finds.

The Complicated Relationship Between Drugs, Sex and Consent – VICE
Researchers completed the first study on consensual sex following drug taking and found mixed reviews—some individuals insist drugs have improved their sex lives, while other findings point to impaired judgment.

Menopause Can Start Younger Than You Think: Here’s What You Need to Know – NPR
Experts discuss perimenopause, the transitional stage during which the body is preparing to stop ovulating, including how early it can start, how to know it has begun, and how to cope with symptoms.

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For general media inquiries about sexual health topics and/or to schedule an interview with one of our experts, please contact Susan Gilbert, NCSH Co-Director, at susan.gilbert@altarum.org