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Covid Chaos Fueled Another Public Health Crisis: STDsPolitico
Despite almost two years of isolation, STD rates in the U.S. increased steadily, and experts worry about lack of testing and treatment. David Harvey, of the National Coalition of STD Directors, and Dr. Jonathan Mermin, of CDC, are featured.

What Is A Medication Abortion? 5 People Share Their ExperiencesToday
Medication abortion is now the most commonly used method of abortion. Dr. Rebecca Miller of Physicians for Reproductive Health, a NCSH member, explains how it works, and five people share their personal stories of using it.

The 10 Best Sex Toy Cleaners And How To Use Them Properly, Per Sex Experts  – Women’s Health
Cleaning your sex toys regularly prevents infections, as bacteria can linger if your sex toys aren’t washed or sanitized regularly. This article features an interview with Jenelle Marie Pierce of The STI Project, a NCSH member.

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Idaho Is First State to Pass Abortion Ban Based on Texas’ LawThe New York Times
The bill prohibits abortions after about six weeks and allows family members of a “preborn child” and members of the general public to sue abortion providers.

States With the Most Protections for LGBTQ YouthU.S. News & World Report
This article highlights state protections for LGBTQAI+ youth based on data from a Human Rights Campaign study. States such as California, Colorado and Oregon have some of the strongest protections.

Transgender Women Are Left Out of Equal Pay Day as No Data Exists to Capture Scope of the ProblemTeen Vogue
Despite efforts to highlight the stark differences in pay between men and women, experts note that there is a gap in data to capture the differences in pay for transgender women.

Ella vs. Plan B: Which Emergency Contraception Is Right for You? Healthline
With multiple types of emergency contraceptives (EC), it can be difficult to know which option is best for you. Experts describe the differences in cost, effectiveness, and timing between two leading brands.

What Does Asexuality Mean? Here's Everything to Know About the Ace UmbrellaMen’s Health
Being asexual doesn’t mean you can’t be happily married or in a committed relationship. This article explains one person’s journey to identifying as asexual and provides resources for the ACE community.

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