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When Social Media Companies Censor Sex Education - The Atlantic

In this piece, NCSH member Amber Madison takes an in-depth look at the policies and practices of leading social media organizations that often limit or censor positive sexual health content. NCSH members, Larry Swiader and Deb Levine, along with NCSH Co-Director, Susan Gilbert, are quoted in this article. 

  

1 in 5 U.S. Teen Girls Physically or Sexually Abused While Dating - U.S. New & World Report

Among teens who said they dated, one in five girls and one in 10 boys said they'd been abused at least once during the past year. Most teens who reported physical or sexual abuse experienced more than one incident of abuse, according to the study.

 

Sex in Old Age May Lead to a Sharper Mind - Wall Street Journal

A study finds older people who are satisfied with their sexual relationships perform better on cognitive tests.

 

The HIV Test at 30: More Essential Than Ever - Huffington Post

Today, HIV testing is at an all-time high. Due to testing advances and intensified efforts to reach more people unaware of their infection, 86 percent of people with HIV know they're infected. But there's still work to do -- more than 186,000 individuals with HIV in the United States still don't know they're infected.


A New Vaccine Targets More HPV Strains - New York Times

A new vaccine has been shown to protect against nine different forms of the cancer-causing HPV compared with just four strains covered by the current Gardasil vaccine. But will people use it?

 

3 Cool Things to Know About the New IUD - ELLE

When a new IUD, Liletta, got FDA approval last week, we had to ask: Do we really need a fourth option? For three very good reasons, yes.

 

Unplanned Pregnancies Cost Taxpayers $21 Billion Each Year - Washington Post

Overall, more than half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended, and roughly 1 in 20 American women of reproductive age have an unplanned pregnancy each year. That averages out to a cost of about $366 per every woman of childbearing age in the U.S.

 

Why doesn't the Common Core have a sex ed component? Given that, on average, sex will matter to one's life about as much as how one uses grammar, one would think we'd have some nationally organized approach to ensure that the basics of sex are covered in public schools.

 

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., recently introduced the 21st Century Women's Health Act, a bill that would, among other things, provide emergency contraception in hospitals to survivors of rape, expand nurse practitioner programs to cover women's health, and allow Medicaid to cover contraception and other services.
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