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Why You Don't Have to Say "I Love You" to Feel Love - Refinery 29  
Dr. Logan Levkoff, an AASECT member, is featured in this story about love, relationships, communication, and the many different ways you can express love without saying those three words. 

Democratic Lawmakers Want Hearing on Nonconsensual Condom Removal - CNN
Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna of California and Carolyn Maloney of New York sent a letter on Wednesday requesting the House judiciary committee convene a hearing addressing nonconsensual condom removal, more commonly known as "stealthing."  

Those with Undetectable HIV at "Effectively No Risk" of Transmitting Virus, CDC Says - NBC News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week stated there is "effectively no risk" of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load - the amount of HIV in blood - sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. 

In the US, 110 Million STD Infections - New York Times 
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is increasing. At any given time, there are an estimated 110 million sexually transmitted infections in the United States.   

HPV and Cancer: Key Mechanism May Suggest Treatment - Medical News Today 
New research from Georgetown University investigates how the human papillomavirus (HPV) promotes cancer. The findings might point to a potential new and improved strategy for targeted treatment.    

Doctors See a Surge in Babies with Syphilis-Associated Birth Defects - Huffington Post
Public health experts say something has gone terribly wrong with prenatal care in the US and that babies are paying the price. Last year, over 600 pregnancies were affected by syphilis, a treatable and preventable sexually transmitted disease. Of those, 45 babies were either stillborn or dead within the first month of life, while many others may have been born with serious defects.  

What We Can Learn from the Declining HIV Rates in the UK - Refinery 29
Between 2015 and 2016, the rate of HIV infections in the UK fell by 21% amongst men who have sex with other men. According to the report from Public Health England, the decline is in large part due to higher access to PrEP.  

After Scuffle, Census To Add Sexual Orientation Question To Marketing Survey - NPR
After an outcry from advisers to the US Census Bureau, the federal agency is no longer considering a proposal to remove a question about sexual orientation from a marketing survey for the 2020 Census.

Commentary: Has the Pap Test Lost its Value? - Chicago Tribune
The Pap test is one of medicine's greatest success stories, saving the lives of countless women by detecting abnormal cells on the cervix that could turn into cancer. Yet the Pap test could be on the decline due to changing technology. 


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