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Men, Stop Using "Kinky Sex" as a Justification for Abuse – Men’s Health
The "it was just kinky sex!" argument has been used by alleged abusers to justify their abuse, time and time and time again. And it reflects not only a gross misunderstanding of kink and alternative sexualities, but also our society's misconception of sexual consent in general.

Telemedicine Takes Transgender Care Beyond The City – NPR
In rural areas, doctors and nurses competent in transgender care are few and far between. Remote medical consultation by videoconference is one possible solution.

How Do I Lower the Risk of Getting an STI During Oral Sex? – Self
When people talk about STIs, penetrative vaginal sex usually takes center stage. But the risk of STIs with oral sex is real, too. You can get STIs from oral sex, and you can take measures to protect yourself as much as possible.

Seniors, New Poll Says, Are Still Sexy After All These Years – CNN
A new poll found that 40% of those between ages 65 and 80 are sexually active. And, regardless of whether they have a romantic partner, two-thirds of respondents say they're interested in sex.

After 50 Years, a Pope’s Birth-Control Message Still Divides Catholics – Wall Street Journal
Fifty years ago this July, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s traditional prohibition of artificial birth control and set off one of the most divisive debates in modern church history.

Why You’re So Intensely Horny On Your Period – Women’s Health
If your period often ranks as one of your best sex weeks of the month, you are in fine company. But why do you suddenly need to get it on the minute you bust out the tampons? Despite many women reporting the phenomenon, science still isn’t quite sure.

HPV Jab Safe and Effective, Study Finds – BBC News
An independent review has found that the HPV vaccine is safe and protects against a virus that can cause cancer of the cervix.

In Massachusetts, No One Wants to Talk About Sex Ed – Boston Globe
A bill that would modernize sex education in Massachusetts schools appears ready to die a quiet death — despite its timely attention to healthy relationships and affirmative consent.

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