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Talking Birds & Bees in the 21st Century

Apr 30, 2014 | Adolescent health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)

"It's not one conversation, it’s not even ten conversations, it may be a hundred conversations that connect young people to their parents and really help the young people accept their own parent’s perspectives on things."

In this STI Awareness Month interview, Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry of the Indiana University School of Medicine explains why young people are especially vulnerable to STIs and covers the basics of effective sexual communications between parents and kids.

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STD Statistics Show More of the Same

Jan 14, 2014 | STDs/STIs | Comments (0)

At some point you want to yell in frustration. CDC recently published STD surveillance data for 2012 that point to the same worrisome trends: 19 million new STDs each year and our most vulnerable populations – particularly young people, women, and men who have sex with men- continue to endure a significant share of the STD burden.

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World AIDS Day 2013

Nov 29, 2013 | STDs/STIs |HIV | Comments (0)

This Sunday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day.

Those of you who were teens or adults in the 1980’ and 1990’s, remember how AIDS was a dominant force in the culture and media? AIDS in the news almost daily….plots and storylines in movies and television shows. Fundraisers, awareness campaigns.

Attention to HIV/AIDS has hardly gone away but I don’t think we hear as much about it these days. That’s a shame, because we have a great deal of work to do!

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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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5 Things You Should Know About Herpes-Diary of Sex Educator

Jul 25, 2013 | Diary of a Sex Educator |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)

As most of my calls are about genital herpes, I thought I’d clear the air. TV shows, movies, and society as a whole create this stigma around herpes when really, there’s not too much to be scared of. Most of the time, genital herpes is a mild skin condition that can be managed very effectively.

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