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Summer of Love? Groups Stress Safe Sex as Pandemic Wears on, Brighter Future Looms – U.S. News & World Report
This article stresses the importance of continued safer sex and dating practices during COVID-19, especially as we move into summer. NCSH’s Co-Director, Susan Gilbert, and members, Dr. Justin Lehmiller of the Kinsey Institute, and Dr. Krishna Upadhya of PPFA are featured, along with NCSH resources.

Other News This Week

Arkansas Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Workers to Refuse Treatment to LBGTQ People – PBS
Arkansas’ Governor signed legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, which will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others.

Pentagon Releases New Policies Enabling Transgender People to Serve In The Military – NPR
The Pentagon announced new policies undoing Trump-era rules which effectively banned transgender people from serving in the military. The new rules offer transgender people wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition.

COVID-19 Has Made It Harder To Slow The Rise In Sexually Transmitted Infections. Expedited Partner Treatment Can Help – Health Affairs
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the U.S. was already experiencing record high rates of STIs. Experts explain how Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) can slow the escalation of the most common STIs.

Lessons From HIV And LGBTQ Sexual Health Can Help End The Pandemic – Forbes
This article highlights key lessons from the way we have tackled HIV, particularly in the LGBTQ community, that can guide our path out of the pandemic.

First Transgender US Official wins Senate Confirmation – The Hill
Dr. Rachel Levine is the first openly transgender Senate appointee to be confirmed. Dr. Levine will serve as the Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The 'Anniversary Effect' and Why You're Having Less Sex – InStyle
If your sex drive has taken a dive at the one-year mark of the pandemic or loss of a loved one, you aren't alone. This article explains the ‘anniversary effect’ and tips for handling it.


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