Texas Abortion Restrictions

Abortion law book with a gavel

Texas Abortion Law Threatens Reproductive Rights Abortion rights, often under fire, are facing the most serious attack since the passage of Roe v. Wade. The American Sexual Health Association decries the recently passed horrific restrictions to abortion access in Texas, compounded by the Supreme Court’s decision to permit enactment. The law bans abortion as early […]

Access Denied: Abortion Rights Threatened

[post_date] Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and several other state legislatures recently passed “heartbeat bills” prohibiting abortion after a fetal heartbeat becomes detectable. Furthermore, It’s actually up in the air just how long Missouri’s only clinic providing abortion services will keep its doors open. Fetal heartbeats can be detected after just a few weeks, often before a […]

The Female Condom Gets a New Name

The female condom

The Female Condom Gets a New Name The FDA has reclassified this contraceptive option as the “internal condom.” . Good news for sexual health advocates: in a final order issued today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the classification of female condoms from a class III device to a lower-risk class II device—the […]

New CDC Data Show that STD Rates Continue to Rise

[post_date] New data released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that STD rates continue to climb in the U.S., with nearly 2.3 million cases reported to CDC. The data on five year trends in reported STDs show that increases in STDs have continued for four consecutive years. From 2013-2017: Syphilis […]

National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

[post_date] The latest YRBS reports some positive health trends for American youth but points out nagging disparities still persist with sexual minorities. The 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows fewer young people in the U.S. are having sex and using drugs but cautions […]

HSV Rates Dropping

Doctor holding a sign that says herpes

[post_date] Rates of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) dipped between 1999 and 2016 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among those in the U.S. ages 14-49 the prevalence of HSV-2 in 2016 (all of those with HSV-2 in the age range being studied) was 12%, down […]

STD Rates in the U.S. Rise for the Third Straight Year

[post_date] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 2016 was the third straight year of increasing rates for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. The 2016 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released earlier this week, points to the same worrisome trends noted in recent years: nearly 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) […]

Pregnancy, Birth and Abortion Rates in US Adolescents Hit Historic Lows

[post_date] A new report from the Guttmacher Institute reveals that rates of adolescent pregnancy, birth and abortion in the United States reached historic lows in 2013. The decline among teens specifically is striking: the U.S. pregnancy rate among 15–19-year-olds was at its lowest point in at least 80 years and had dropped to just above […]

Last Abortion Clinic in Kentucky in Court Fight to Stay Open

A gavel and a stethescope

[post_date] A federal court case that got underway this week will determine whether or not the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Kentucky will be forced to close. The EMW Women’s Surgical Center has been under threat of closure since March, when state regulators planned to revoke the clinic’s license, stating that the […]

CDC Reports More than Half of Female Homicides Linked to Intimate Partner Violence

A poster on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

[post_date] More than half of all homicides of women in the U.S. are related to intimate partner violence, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). IPV-related deaths included those involving homicides where the victim was an intimate partner—such as a current or former spouse or girlfriend—of the suspect, […]