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Sharp Jabs: The Politics of HPV Vaccines

Sep 23, 2011 | Cervical cancer |HPV |Women's Health |Adolescent health | Comments (0)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are back in the news, and this time for reasons not related to research results that show how effective the vaccines are in preventing HPV infections and related diseases.


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Winning! Expansion of Women’s Preventive Health Services a Reality

Aug 18, 2011 | Women's Health |HPV |Cervical cancer |Reproductive health | Comments (0)
We’ve just had a substantial victory for women’s health. A landmark report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for a number of women’s health services – including HPV testing in women over 30- to be added to a list of interventions covered by insurance plans at no cost.

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LGBT Youth at Risk

Jul 15, 2011 | Adolescent health |Sexual Health |LGBTQ | Comments (0)

Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the striking health disparities faced by LGBTQ youth. The data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, conducted during 2001–2009 in seven states and six large urban school districts, shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk than their heterosexual peers for a host of unhealthy behaviors.


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Health care savings–at what cost?

Jun 24, 2011 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (1)
A recent piece in the Huffington Post profiled a young man named Greg Hartman. While Hartman was working his way through college in Manitowoc, WI, he learned that a close friend had been infected with hepatitis C. Hartman thought about getting tested as himself, but with his restaurant job only pulling in about $150 a week, he couldn’t afford the $300 for testing. Instead, he went to the University of Wisconsin’s campus health center and applied for BadgerCare, Wisconsin’s Medicaid-funded family planning program, which reimburses low-income individuals for preventative reproductive health needs, such as STI testing and birth control. Hartman was then able to get tested for both hepatitis C and HIV, and tested positive for the former. Without affordable medical coverage like BadgerCare, Hartman notes, he wouldn’t have bothered to get tested.

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What Does a Sexually Healthy Nation Look Like?

May 14, 2011 | Sexual Health | Comments (0)
I recently read a conversation on Facebook between two bright college women. The conversation began with a statement about the supposed hypocrisy of Planned Parenthood. The organization is like a “drug dealer,” the first woman claimed, selling sex by telling people that they can’t live without it, and then giving out “protection” with contraception. “If sex is so necessary,” she asks, “then why do we need protection?”

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