Sexual Health in the News May 21 - May 27

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Why Have STD Rates in the U.S. Continued to Rise? – Giddy
STI rates crept to an all-time high in 2019. NCSH Co-Director, Susan Gilbert, and others discuss the many causes, including social and economic disparities, lack of comprehensive sex ed, and reduced funding.  

Few States Require LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Education, Report Finds – US News & World Report
Despite being legally mandated in 7 states and D.C., a new report shows that LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed is still lacking. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a NCSH member, is featured.  

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Fauci Says U.S. Can Still End HIV Epidemic By 2030 Despite Covid Pandemic – CNBC
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which saw testing sites for other diseases temporarily shut down and medical personnel reassigned, Dr. Fauci says the U.S. still can end the HIV epidemic by 2030.  

Illinois Legislators Approve Bill That Would Decriminalize HIV Transmission – The Chicago Tribune
The Illinois Senate passed a bill that would repeal a law that left HIV-positive people open to felony charges for failing to disclose their health status to partners before unprotected sex. 

Colorado Bill Would Give Free Contraceptives To ImmigrantsThe Associated Press
A Colorado bill will create a reproductive health care program to provide contraceptives and counseling to people who do not qualify for Medicaid because of their citizenship or immigration status. 

Skepticism Of Science In A Pandemic Isn't New. It Helped Fuel The AIDS Crisis – NPR
40-years ago, experts who wrote about the AIDS epidemic encountered many critics. Experts describe how the history of medical mistrust plays into the current skepticism of COVID-19 and vaccinations.  

The Reality Of Dating With PTSD – Refinery29
Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with PTSD. However, women are often underrepresented in discussions about PTSD. One woman describes how PTSD affected her dating life.  

Defining — and Addressing — Toxic Masculinity – Healthline
“Toxic masculinity” is a common catch-all term for the behaviors of men and masculine folks. However, people can be masculine without being toxic or engaging in negative behaviors. An expert explains.  

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