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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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Sex education: How young is too young?

Jul 1, 2010 | Sexual Health |Sex ed |Adolescent health | Comments (0)
A somewhat controversial article was published in the UK last week. According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in London and Manchester, children as young as five years old should be taught about sex—and not just sex but the “value of ‘mutually rewarding sexual relationships’” says Jimmy Kilpatrick from EducationNews.org.

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Egads! Where are the 'nether regions'?

May 11, 2010 | Sexual Health |Adolescent health | Comments (1)
Okay. So the 11:00 pm news is on and I perk up when I hear news about sexting by teen girls recently uncovered in a suburban county in Maryland. No surprise of course, but newsworthy and in my backyard. Then, a normally articulate, police department spokesperson attempts to describe these texts. Uh oh. What’s a nice guy to say on national TV? Well, these images are troubling. In fact, these girls were sending very explicit pictures, he explains. Including pictures of “their nether regions, if you will.” Seriously? Their nether regions? Holland maybe?

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Wisconsin’s Tussle Over Sex Ed

Apr 13, 2010 | Sex ed |Adolescent health | Comments (0)

Wisconsin’s Governor recently signed into law the Healthy Youth Act, a measure that requires schools in the state to update their human growth and development curricula to offer age-appropriate comprehensive sexual education. This includes information on the use of birth control and contraceptives.

Good for them, and I hope they have thick skins and steeled nerves. They’ll need them.


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