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Got a Vagina? Here Are 12 Things Your Medical Practitioner Wishes You Knew About Your Sexual Health – Kinkly
Next time you book an appointment and feel hesitation, keep in mind these 12 things your medical practitioner wants you to know. NCSH Spokeswoman, Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, is quoted.

Painful Sex Isn't Normal—Let's Put This Damaging Myth to Bed – SelfFor many people with vaginas, pain during sex is assumed to be completely, totally normal. A recent survey by Debby Herbenick, an NCSH member and director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, found that 30% of women reported pain during their most recent sexual experience.

New UK Guidelines Aimed at Stopping Potential Sexually Transmitted Superbug – CNN
The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV has published new treatment guidelines in an attempt to prevent the sexually transmitted infection mycoplasma genitalium, also known as MGen or MG, from developing into a superbug.

Cost of HIV Prevention Drug Discouraging People from Doing PrEP Therapy – Healthline
Truvada costs $2,000 for a 30 day supply. Experts say that this out-of-pocket expense is preventing people from taking the PrEP treatment to prevent HIV infection.

'It’s Not Just a Girl Problem': When Offering HPV Vaccine, Doctors Advised to Focus on Cancer Prevention – Chicago Tribune
As HPV vaccination rates continue to lag, medical experts are urging pediatricians to stress the importance of the vaccine just as strongly as they do other shots and to tout the link to cancer prevention.

Even More Evidence for the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Herpes – The Atlantic
Several new studies have rejuvenated a long-dismissed idea that links the common brain disease to the viral infections.

Abortion Rights Advocates Preparing For Life After Roe V. Wade – NPR
With the balance of the Supreme Court in question, some abortion rights advocates are quietly preparing for a future they hope never to see — one without the protections of Roe v. Wade.

The Difference Between an STD and an STI Might Surprise You – Cosmopolitan
The terms STI and STD are more-or-less used interchangeably to mean one and the same thing: the contraction of a virus or condition following an unprotected sexual act. However, there is a slight difference between the terms.

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