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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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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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Heartbreak - Diary of a Sex Educator

Jul 3, 2013 | Diary of a Sex Educator |Adolescent health |Sex ed |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)
My heart broke today for a young girl, alone in her bedroom, fearful that she was pregnant from giving a boy a blowjob.  Even though I told her all the facts and that she was no risk for pregnancy, she kept crying.  I was confused.  I’ve never encountered a situation where...

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If You Give a Teen a Condom

Feb 14, 2013 | Sexual Health |Sex ed |Adolescent health |Condoms | Comments (0)
One of the hottest debates among school administrators, parents, and politicians is sex education, specifically information about safer sex, in schools. If you give a teenager a condom, are you promoting promiscuity? Are we inviting unplanned pregnancy and STIs into teen’s lives by acknowledging the fact that they might be interested in sex?

Simply put: No. Duh.


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Sexual Health: It's Time the U.S. Starts Talking About It

Oct 4, 2012 | Adolescent health |Sexual Health | Comments (0)

“A cornerstone of the Sexual Health Model is the ability to talk comfortably and explicitly about sexuality, especially one’s own sexual values, preferences, attractions, history and behaviors. We believe that such communication is necessary for one to effectively negotiate safer sex with sexual partners, and is a valuable skill that must be learned and practiced.” –from The Sexual Health Model: application of a sexological approach to HIV prevention, by Beatrice E. Robinson, Walter O. Bockting, B. R. Simon Rosser, Michael Miner and Eli Coleman

In most European nations, sexuality is embraced as a positive, natural part of life.  There is open dialogue and positive social norms associated with sexual health and sexuality. In contrast, talking about sex, in everyday life, remains uncomfortable for most Americans, including parents, teens, and other adults.


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