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Transgender Patients Face Challenges at the Hospital - New York Times
In addition to medical concerns, many trans patients feel they are discriminated against by doctors and other medical staff members. This may be due to limited research on non-transition-related medical needs, as most medical schools don't prepare doctors for treating this community.

Chart: Access to Contraception and Abortion in Zika-Affected Countries - NPR
The Zika outbreak has sparked a public debate about issues of contraception and abortion in Latin America. In this heavily Roman Catholic part of the world, women don't always have access to modern methods of contraception, and abortion may be restricted. 

Kentucky Lawmaker's Bill Forces Men to Get Note from Wives Before Purchasing Viagra - Washington Post
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat, has introduced a new bill in Kentucky. It would force men who want to use erectile dysfunction drugs to jump through a series of humiliating hoops beforehand, such as visiting a doctor twice and getting notes from their wives.
The death of conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has been highly politicized, particularly in the context of what Scalia's vote on an upcoming birth control case could have meant for President Obama's health care law and women's health issues in general.

This Is Your Orgasm on Antidepressants - Huffington Post
Up to 70 percent of adults who take antidepressants report a negative impact on their sex life. Many women, who are more likely than men to take antidepressants, must therefore make an unfair choice between mental wellness and having a sex life.

These Are the Most Common Sex-Related Injuries - Refinery29
According to an analysis by VICE News and MedPage Today, serious sex-related injuries are a lot more common that people might think.

A number of tech companies are now offering gadgets and apps that help educate women about the inner workings of their sexual anatomy, with an eye towards improved health, pleasure, and self-awareness.

A new study from Northwestern University found that teens and young men with more nonchalant attitudes toward sex were more likely to be nonresident fathers - men who didn't live with their children.
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