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Bedsider's Valentine's Day Cards 

For the first time since its launch in 2011, Bedsider, an online birth control support network for women ages 18-29, has created a series of Valentine's Day cards that celebrate everything from friendship and love to sex and birth control. In the United States, 6 in 10 pregnancies to women ages 20-24 are unplanned. Bedsider's valentines are designed to get young adults talking about birth control in a fun, positive way.

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Contrary to concerns that getting vaccinated against human papilloma virus will lead young people to have more or riskier sex, a new study in England finds less risky behavior among young women who got the HPV vaccine.
 

The vaccine used to guard against the human papillomavirus does not lead young people and teens to engage in more unsafe sex, according to a study.

 

College Sexual Assault Prevention has Unlikely Model: U.S. Service Academies - Washington Post

Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy and cadets at the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy are required to undergo four years of prevention training, far more than the norm on civilian campuses.

 

Lesbians are Less Likely to Be Screened for Cervical Cancer - Cosmopolitan

Lesbian women may have a higher risk of cervical cancer than heterosexual women for a not-so-great reason: Lesbians are less likely to be screened for HPV, the virus that can cause cervical cancer if left untreated.
 

IUDs Can Be Practical for Teenagers, But Pediatricians May Lack Training in Their Use - Washington Post

Some pediatricians and other doctors worry they aren't properly prepared to make IUDs available, because their training did not cover insertion of the devices. Experts say this has to change, starting during medical residencies, especially among pediatricians who will treat teenagers.

  

Pilot Study Suggests that PrEP for Other STIs Might Work - AidsMap

A small pilot study using a daily dose of the antibiotic doxycycline as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against STIs has found that a group of HIV-positive gay men taking doxycycline was more than 70% less likely to be infected with an STI than men given financial incentives to avoid STIs, a significant difference.

 

Led by Tinder, a Surge in Mobile Dating Apps - New York Times

Online dating, long dominated by big outfits like Match.com and eHarmony, has in the last two years been transformed by the rise of Tinder, the mobile phone app that lets its users scan photos and short profiles of potential dates.

 

Consenting Isn't Enough: The Troubling Sex of Fifty Shades - The Atlantic

Fantasy works like a mirror: It reflects who we are, but it also shapes what we become. Love it or despise it, American culture's sexual fantasy of the moment is Fifty Shades of Grey. 

 

Pink Pill Offers Hope for Women with Sexual Dysfunction - Fox31 Denver

Millions of couples struggling with sexual dysfunction saw hope on the horizon when Viagra, the little blue pill for men, hit the market in 1998. Now a company called Sprout Pharmaceuticals is closer to making a little "pink" pill for women a reality.

 

Book Reveals Teens' Questions About Sex and Relationships, Then Provides the Answers - MedicalXpress

A new book authored by Rebecca Griesse, with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and Jacqueline Corcoran, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor, reveals the frank questions teenagers have about sex and relationships, and answers them all with factual, medically-based responses.

 

STD Care for Two - New York Times

To reduce rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia, at least 31 states permit health care providers to treat patients' sexual partners without ever seeing them in person, a public health intervention known as "expedited partner therapy," or EPT. 

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