Sexual Health in the News Week of July 18-July 24

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Fewer Teens Are Having Sex Than in the Past - Time   

According to new CDC data, the number of teens from ages 15 to 19 who have had sex dropped 14% for females and 22% for males over the past 25 years.

Report: Teen Use of Morning-After Pill Climbing
 - USA Today

More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill, a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it's easier now for teens to buy emergency contraception.


With Pap Tests Less Common, Women May Miss Out On STD Tests - NPR

Changes in how women are screened for cervical cancer mean they're getting Pap tests less often. But that may also mean young women are not getting tested for chlamydia.  


New Study Looks At Sexual Risk-Taking For Women On Vacation - Medical News Today

Backpacking, sightseeing and rest and relaxation vacations to tropical destinations or European countries are perceived by American women as ideal settings for sex with both steady and casual sexual partners. 


Let's Talk About (Gay) Sex - HuffPost Gay Voices

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the federal agency that enforces our country's main employment anti-discrimination law Title VII, issued a landmark decision ruling that discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation must also be illegal.  


Starting HIV Therapy Early Stalls Death, AIDS-Related Events - Reuters

For people infected with HIV, starting therapy before AIDS symptoms appear or before levels of CD4-positive white blood cells fall below a specific threshold can dramatically delay the development of AIDS-related events and death, according to two studies released by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Study: Health-Care Providers Hold Biases Based On Sexual Orientation - Medical Xpress

In the first study that looks at a variety of healthcare providers and their attitudes towards lesbian women and gay men, researchers found there is widespread implicit bias toward lesbian women and gay men.


It turns out that many women don't care about the length, position and shape of a man's penis, even if it's been surgically repaired to treat a malformation. In fact, the position and size were the least important of eight features ranked in a study published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.


New Drug Combination Treats Hepatitis C Patients Also Infected With HIV  - Eureka Alert

Roughly 20-30% of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) are also infected HIV. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report a new combination that effectively treats HCV in patients co-infected with HIV.


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