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Study: Parental Involvement Laws Don’t Alter Teen Sexual Behavior; STI Rates

Jul 31, 2013 | General |STDs/STIs |Adolescent health | Comments (0)

Most states have laws requiring health care providers to notify parents (or obtain their consent) when providing abortion services to teens.  A new study published online in The Journal of Health Economics finds such “parental involvement” (or PI) laws have no significant impact in reducing risky sexual behavior and STI rates among youth. 


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Erotic Fantasies are Great Fuel

Jul 18, 2013 | Women's Health |Sexual Health |General | Comments (0)
Sexuality counselor Evelyn Resh talks about fantasies and why you shouldn't be ashamed to have them! "My take on sexual fantasies is pretty straight-forward and uncomplicated; more power to you if you have them and they enhance your satisfaction.  Fantasies are not the same as actions, which I find myself reminding people of all the time."

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Michael Douglas, HPV, and Head & Neck Cancers

Jun 4, 2013 | HPV |STDs/STIs |General |Men's Health | Comments (0)

A mini-tsunami of publicity has been generated by the actor Michael Douglas asserting his throat cancer is due to HPV and, by extension, oral sex. ASHA’s HPV Resource Center has increasingly been fielding questions around oral sex and HPV, and this latest round of publicity has triggered even more interest. So what’s the scoop here?


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Love Thyself

Jun 3, 2013 | Sex ed |Sexual Health |General | Comments (0)

Despite the fact that we’re 13 years into a new millennium, when it comes to self-pleasuring – otherwise known as masturbation - we seem to still be in the Dark Ages. 

Many women I counsel about sex feel and believe that masturbation is only for men or people without a sex partner. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, research about self-pleasuring habits has revealed that men and women in couples are more likely to masturbate than single people. So why the blushing and nervous giggles whenever someone mentions it? Because few people find it easy to talk about sex openly and this is what causes the red-face and reticence when conversation turns to sex on our own steam.


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Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Introduced

May 16, 2013 | General | Comments (0)

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) has joined 80 national education, civil rights, women’s, health, children’s advocacy and faith organizations, as well as over 100 state and local organizations, in expressing support for the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act.

The legislation (S. 870/H.R. 1845) is aimed at improving graduation rates among secondary school students expecting or parenting children.  U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the legislation in Congress on May 7, 2013.


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