Sexual Health in the News May 10 - May 16

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Dear ‘Game of Thrones’: Sexual Assault Is Not a Rite of Passage for Women – Well + Good
Experts discuss how “Game of Thrones” dangerously portrays sexual assault as the important factor in making the women who survive it strong. NCSH arranged the interview with NCSH member Laura Palumbo of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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‘It’s Like the Wild West’: Sexual Assault Victims Struggle in K-12 Schools – The New York Times
While Education Secretary Betsy Devos’ efforts to overhaul federal rules on sexual misconduct have focused on college campuses, problems are arising with elementary and secondary schools found to have no rules at all for dealing with sexual misconduct involving younger students.

Women, Alcohol and Perceived ‘Sexual Availability’ – The New York Times
A recent study found that women who drink alcohol in social settings are seen as more “sexually available” and “less human” than a woman drinking water or a man drinking alcohol.

Gilead to Donate HIV Prevention Drug Truvada to 200K Uninsured Patients – NBC News
Over the next 11 years, Gilead—the company that makes the HIV prevention drug Truvada—is partnering with the CDC to supply 200,000 uninsured people with Truvada pills at no cost.

Sen. Martha McSally Pushes to Criminalize Sexual Harassment in Military, Add Lawyers for Victims – USA Today
A Republican Senator who was sexually assaulted while serving in the Air Force is pushing legislation which would criminalize sexual harassment in the military and make it mandatory for military bases to have lawyers who advocate for victims.

The Big Number: 1.1 Million People in the U.S. Live With HIV – The Washington Post
According to the CDC, about 1.1 million people are living with HIV, with 39,000 people becoming newly infected annually. The CDC declared earlier this year that progress in preventing HIV has stalled.

Got Gonorrhea? It May Have Come from French Kissing, Study Says. – The Washington Post
According to a recent study, gonorrhea may be passed through kissing, a finding that contradicts the widely accepted notion that the disease is spread almost exclusively through other types of sexual contact.

Should Gay Men Be Getting Anal Pap Smears? – Slate
According to experts, recent evidence shows there is a benefit to certain populations getting anal Pap smears to test for cancerous or precancerous cells, particularly men who have sex with men and women with HIV.

10 Questions You’ve Always Wondered About Your Libido – Self
Experts answer common questions about libido, including what it is, the difference between libido and arousal, what is considered normal, and what to do if your libido differs from your partner’s.

Which States Are Blocking Abortion – And Which Are Enacting Protections? – The Washington Post
In the wake of recent abortion debates, this article provides an overview of abortion laws by state, including those who have recently enacted stricter protections or restrictions.

Could Miscarriages Land Women in Jail? Let’s Clarify These Georgia and Alabama Abortion Bills. – The Washington Post
Abortion legislation in Georgia and Alabama ascended in the news cycle this week, with Georgia’s governor signing a “heartbeat bill” into law, and Alabama’s Senate postponing until next week its vote on a near-total abortion ban.

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