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The "Uber for Birth Control" Expands in Conservative States, Opening a New Front in War Over Contraception - Stat News   
NCSH member, Nurx, is expanding access to the pill, ring, and morning-after pill through a smartphone app. But this service is starting to attract pushback from anti-abortion activists, who consider the morning-after pill equivalent to abortion.

Kids Deserve to Know Everything They Can About Sex - Mashable
Comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive sex ed has the power to positively influence the way young people see themselves and their sexuality. It may also help prevent sexual violence when it teaches students how to value their own bodily autonomy, ask for consent, and identify unhealthy relationship behavior. NCSH member, Deb Hauser, from Advocates for Youth, is quoted.  

US Abortion Rate Fell 25 Percent from 2008 to 2014- Washington Post
The US abortion rate has fallen dramatically, by 25%, in recent years. The biggest decline in abortions, of 46%, was in women ages 15 to 19 years of age, and there has been strong evidence that contraceptive use was primarily responsible for that decrease.  

Court: Ohio Can Require People with HIV to Tell Sex Partners - US News & World Report
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring HIV-infected individuals to tell sexual partners about their status before having sex. 

HPV Is Spread by Having Sex. So Why Don't People Talk About That? - NBC News
HPV is the main cause of cervical, anal, mouth, and throat cancer, and it's passed mostly via sex. The HPV vaccine can prevent infection, but for it to work best, 11- and 12-year-olds should be vaccinated. However, most parents get very squeamish about the thought of sex and kids that age.  

Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine? - Self 
Just because the HPV vaccine is currently recommended for kids before they're sexually active, that doesn't mean you can't get it as an adult. 

This Website Lets You "Bill" Donald Trump for Your Birth Control Copay - Cosmopolitan
To send a message in protest to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services, the Keep Birth Control Copay Free campaign launched a tool that allows women to send an "invoice" of would-be birth control copayments to President Trump.

Joe Biden, Lady Gaga Support Sexual Assault Survivors in New PSA - Huffington Post
Former Vice President Joe Biden and pop star Lady Gaga teamed up for a PSA supporting survivors of sexual assault. They remind viewers of their responsibility to intervene when they see abuse and encourage survivors of sexual assault to reach out for support.  

#MeToo: Sexual Assault Inflicts Dire Economic Costs As Well - The Hill
Tens of millions of survivors are impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. This causes disruptions in everything from workplace productivity to physical health. Economic research has shed light on ways that domestic violence and sexual assault manifest in economic costs.  

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