Sexual Health in the News Nov 1 - Nov 7

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How We’ve Normalized Sexual Coercion and How to Flip the Script – Medium
Experts discuss sexual coercion, how it can appear in obvious and subtle ways, how our society has normalized it from a young age, and what we can do to change that. NCSH arranged interviews with NCSH member Dr. Logan Levkoff and expert Dr. Emily Rothman.

You Need an STD Test. Now You Can Get a Massage With It Too. – The Daily Beast
If getting checked for STDs seems like a grim necessity, meet the people and clinics who can help you make it part of your self-care routine, along with free massages, reiki, and face masks. NCSH arranged the interview with NCSH member Tyomi Morgan.

Healthy Her, Episode 201—Sex Expert Tyomi Morgan Debunks Myths About STIs – MadameNoire
In this video clip, NCSH member Tyomi Morgan discusses the difference between STIs vs. STDs, the stigmas surrounding them, and the importance of being proactive with medical checkups.


Other News This Week

T.I. Gave a Crash Course in How Not to Talk to Your Kid About Sex – SheKnows
This week, rapper T.I. revealed that he accompanies his 18-year-old daughter to gynecology appointments in order to “check her hymen” to ensure she maintains her virginity. Experts discuss why this is not only inaccurate but also a clear invasion of privacy.

More People Turn to Reddit, Social Media for STD Diagnosis – NBC News
Many people are posting text or images of their STD symptoms on a Reddit community page called ‘STDs,’ hoping to get a ‘crowd diagnosis’ from other users. This could lead to misdiagnosis but may also be an opportunity for licensed providers to help those who want to stay anonymous.

Scientists Discover First New HIV Strain in Nearly Two Decades – CNN
For the first time in 19 years, scientists have detected a new strain of HIV. It is important to know what strains of the virus are circulating to ensure that tests used to detect the disease are effective.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Rule Allowing Clinicians to Object to Abortions for Moral or Religious Reasons – NBC News
A federal judge struck down a new Trump administration rule that would have allowed health care clinicians to refuse to provide abortions, and other services, for moral or religious reasons.

GOP Lawmakers in Three States Want to Ban Trans Health Care for Minors – NBC News
Lawmakers in Texas, Georgia, and Kentucky are pushing for laws to prohibit minors from receiving gender transition-related health care such as puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy.

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For general media inquiries about sexual health topics and/or to schedule an interview with one of our experts, please contact Susan Gilbert, NCSH Co-Director, at susan.gilbert@altarum.org