Sexual Health in the News Mar 20 - Mar 26

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How to Treat (and Prevent) a Yeast Infection During Pregnancy – The Bump
Like heartburn and cankles, expectant moms are more prone to this itching, burning condition. Here’s the latest on diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NCSH arranged the interview with Dr. Cara Delaney.


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Coronavirus Is Making It Harder for People to Get Birth Control – VICE
Government officials advised Americans to stock up on essential medications before lockdown. Yet, many barriers stand in the way of getting birth control: varying insurance policies regarding refilling prescriptions, physical access to pharmacies and providers, cost, and lack of insurance coverage.

2020 Census: What LGBTQ Americans Should Know – NBC News
The decennial survey won’t inquire about individuals’ sexual orientation and gender identity, but it will count cohabiting same-sex couples for the first time. 

Preventing Campus Sexual Assault Isn’t Just About Sex. It’s Also About Race. – The Washington Post
Compared to white women and men, black women reported higher rates of unwanted sexual touching, and black men were more likely to worry that consensual sexual encounters with white women would lead to unfounded accusations.

New York City Health Officials Say ‘You Are Your Safest Sex Partner’ During the Coronavirus Pandemic – INSIDER
The New York City Department of Health recently released guidelines for safe sex during the current pandemic, which are being praised for being nonjudgmental and inclusive.

How to Survive a Pandemic: HIV Experts and Activists on Lessons Learned – NBC News
Amid the global coronavirus outbreak, HIV experts, activists and survivors share takeaways from the early days of the AIDS crisis.

TikTok Teens Are Making Fake Phone Call Videos to Escape Sketchy Ubers – VICE
With ride-share companies recently flooded with sexual assault lawsuits, users have created an entire genre of videos designed to scare away would-be harassers and help vulnerable people navigate dodgy situations. 

Lawmakers Urge Trump Admin to Protect Those with HIV Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – NBC News
Among the populations most profoundly impacted by COVID-19 are the elderly, people with respiratory issues, and those with compromised immune systems, such as individuals living with HIV. 

Petition Urges Repeal of Restrictions on Gay Donors Amid Blood Shortage – NBC News
The FDA mandates that gay and bisexual men abstain from sexual contact for 12 months prior to donating blood. LGBTQ advocates are calling on the U.S. government to change that amid the global outbreak of COVID-19.

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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