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Why Pregnant Women in Monogamous Relationships Still Need STI Testing – SheKnows
If you and your partner are monogamous, STI testing may not be on your radar right now, but there are many reasons to get tested, both for your safety and that of your baby. NCSH spokeswomen, Dr. Ana G. Cepin and Dr. Eloisa Llata, of CDC, discuss the importance of STI testing while pregnant.

The Most Ridiculous Excuses People Make for Not Using Condoms – Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan’s survey, in partnership with Power to Decide, an NCSH member, found that a measly 30% of men and women wrapped it up the last time they had sex. Here are some of the top reasons why 18- to 34-year-olds aren’t wearing condoms.

Other News This Week

Medical Students Push for More LGBT Health Training to Address Disparities – NPR
Medical schools do a poor job of preparing future doctors to understand the LGBT population's unique needs and health risks. And, a 2017 survey of medical students found their knowledge of transgender and intersex health to be lesser than that of LGB health.

HPV Vaccine Protects Teens Who Are Vaccinated and Even Those Who Aren’t – Healthline
According to a new 10-year study, the cancer-preventing vaccine that protects against human papillomavirus (HPV) is effective and can even offer “herd immunity” to a community.

Access to Birth Control Just Got a Lot Easier with Home Delivery in All 50 States – Well + Good
The Pill Club is the first online service to deliver birth control to doorsteps in every U.S. state and Washington, D.C., regardless of insurance coverage—a feat since over 19 million women live in “contraceptive deserts” across America.

New York Puts in Measures to Protect Access to Abortion even if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned – CNN
On the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, New York State passed a law to protect women's access to abortion if the historic case is overturned. Not only will the law preserve access to abortions, it also removes abortion from the state's criminal code.

A Rising Threat to Pregnant Women: Syphilis – New York Times
Syphilis continues to make a dismaying comeback in the United States. Between 2012 and 2016, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among women increased 111%.

The Trump Administration's Trans Military Ban Is Based on Debunked Information – Teen Vogue
The impact of the trans military ban will be far-reaching and devastating. And Trump's assertions about the costs and challenges associated with allowing trans people to serve are riddled with untruths.

Birth Control Pill 7-day Break Introduced to Please the Pope Deemed Unnecessary by Experts – Newsweek
Women can safely take the birth control pill without a seven-day break, according to fresh guidance that exposes how the rule was developed to appease the Vatican.

How to Make Scheduled Sex More Exciting – Refinery29
Often relationship experts will suggest scheduling sex as a way to get couples out of a sexual rut, which makes sense in theory, but can make intimacy feel even more transactional in practice.


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