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Sexual Health in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & Beyond - SheKnows
No matter how old you are you should have a fun and satisfying sex life if you want it. But each decade has its own challenges that can get in the way of your best sexual self. NCSH member Dr. Katharine O'Connell White discusses common issues women face as they go from teenager to postmenopausal.  

The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About - NPR
At a moment of reckoning about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that people with intellectual disabilities - women and men - are victimized seven times more frequently than people without disabilities. Leigh Ann Davis from The Arc, an NCSH member, is quoted. 

For Some With Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts With Sex Ed - NPR
One of the best ways to stop sexual assault is to educate people with intellectual disabilities about how to identify abuse and how to develop the healthy relationships they want through sex education classes. NCSH member, The Arc, worked with NPR on this story, and the entire series. Read more from this NPR Special Series: Abused and Betrayed

Fewer Teens are Having Sex as Declines in Risky Behaviors Continue - Washington Post
According to a new CDC report, the number of high school-aged teens who are having sex dropped markedly over a decade, a trend that includes substantial declines among younger students, African Americans and Hispanics.  

Our Shame Over Sexual Health Makes Us Avoid the Doctor. These Apps Might Help. - Washington Post 
Now that we rely on our smartphones for just about everything, it makes sense people would turn to their phones, laptops and tablets to take care of their sexual health, too.    

Sex Education for Lesbian & Bisexual Girls Doesn't Give Them the Information They Need & It Has a Major Impact On Their Health - Bustle
According to a new study, sex education for lesbian and bisexual girls isn't giving them the information they need to have safe sex, and it shows how much more inclusive sex ed should be.

A Dad Tries to Explain Sex to His Son and Finds the Meaning of Life - Washington Post
Parents influence the next generation's stigmas, biases and inhibitions, and also its freedoms and forward thinking. Parents should be proactive proponents of truthful and thoughtful sex education. Despite our puritanical culture, here is how one man learned to talk about sex with his son.  

Coming Soon: A Once-Weekly Pill to Fight HIV? - WebMD
Researchers say a new, once-a-week, slow-release pill may keep HIV infections under control and help prevent new HIV infections altogether.   

DC Council Passes Women's Health, Birth Control Access Bill - NBC4
The DC Council unanimously passed a health bill that would allow women to get birth control without a doctor's prescription, leaving the mayor and Congress to accept or reject the measure.

 

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