Sexual Health in the News Week of May 09-May 15

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HIV/AIDS: 6 Ways To Protect Yourself Beyond Condoms 

BlackDoctor.org spoke with Susan Gilbert, Co-Director of the National Coalition of Sexual Health, about six ways to protect and improve your sexual health and well-being.  

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As required by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration reiterated that insurers and insurance plans must cover at no cost to consumers at least one form of contraception in each of the 18 FDA -approved methods. 
 

California Judge Rules That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Not Real Sex Ed - Bustle 

A judge ruled that a CA school district's abstinence-only sexual education programs failed to provide its students with complete information on sexual health and disease prevention, thus failing to comply with California state law. 

 

The Food and Drug Administration published proposed guidelines Tuesday that would allow gay men to donate blood for the first time in 30 years.

   

IUDs Are More Affordable Than Ever, So Will More Women Get Them? - Five Thirty Eight Economics 

Thanks to the ACA contraceptive mandate there may be an increase in the use of LARCs; however effectiveness is not the only criterion women consider when using contraception.

 

The Terrifying Truth about Super-Gonorrhea - Men's Health

Drug-resistant gonorrhea is spreading to such an extent that the World Health Organization has declared it a global concern and warned that without new drugs, infections may one day become untreatable.
 

80% of Cervical Cancers Found to be Preventable with Latest 9-valent HPV Vaccine - Science Daily 

The new 9-valent HPV vaccine can potentially prevent 80 percent of cervical cancers in the United States, if given to all 11- or 12-year-old children before they are exposed to the virus.

   

Pregnancies More Common Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Youths - Reuters

Overall, sexual-minority students who were sexually active were about twice as likely as other students to report becoming pregnant or getting someone pregnant, researchers found.

 

Failure to Expand ACA Medicaid Coverage Widens Disparities in Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings - Medical Xpress 

A study found that low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their ACA Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast and cervical cancer screenings compared to those in states that are implementing expansions.

 

Syphilis: An Old, Easily Diagnosed and Treated Disease ... On the Rise - Healio 

Syphilis is currently epidemic among men who have sex with men in the United States and in many other parts of the world. This is occurring despite more than 70 years of remarkable progress in controlling this disease.  

 

The dating site EliteSingles just released a study that found that seniors continue to have an active and robust sex life. Here are six interesting facts about senior sex.   

 

This Is Where The Law Messes Up When Talking About Sexual Violence - MTV

Given the inadequacy of legal language when describing sexual assault and violence show a need for education on the subject and collaboration with victim/survivor's advocates.

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For general media inquiries about sexual health topics and/or to schedule an interview with one of our experts, please contact Susan Gilbert, NCSH Co-Director, at susan.gilbert@altarum.org