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October 2010

Legislation Introduced to Eliminate Failed Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program, Shift Funding to Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Recognizing the substantial body of research proving abstinence-only-until-marriage programs to be “ineffective in stopping or delaying teen sex, reducing the number of reported sexual partners, reducing reported rates of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, or otherwise beneficially impacting young people’s sexual behavior,” and the fact that such programs require a ...
Large-Scale Survey Investigates the Sexual Behavior of Americans
In the largest nationally representative and comprehensive study on sexual behavior ever conducted in the United States, The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior recently discovered that condom use was highest among teens ages 14–17, among other important findings. The study, conducted by researchers at the Center for Sexual ...
High-Profile Suicides of LGBTQ Youth Lead to Calls for Action, New Advocacy Efforts
A recent series of high-profile suicides by youth are believed to be the result of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) targeted bullying. Friends and family of at least seven of the nine publicized cases in September have suggested that the suicides were directly in response to discrimination to ...
Helena School District Moves Forward after Sex Education Controversy, Plans for Implementation
Nearly two and a half years since the process began to update and revise the school district’s health education standards, the Helena, Montana, Board of Trustees finally approved the revised Health Enhancement K–12 Critical Competencies on October 12, 2010 by a vote of 6–3. The education guidelines discuss a broad ...
New Jersey Family Planning Programs Lose $7.5 Million Dollars in State Funding
The final attempt to salvage $7.5 million in family planning funding that serves 58 programs in New Jersey was defeated in late September when the State Senate failed to receive the two-thirds vote it needed to override Governor Chris Christie’s (R) veto of a bill that would have restored the ...
Washington, DC Residents to Receive HIV Testing at DMV
In response to the devastating rates of HIV in Washington, D.C., as well as the aim to reduce stigma attached to getting tested for the virus, District of Columbia officials recently created the first-ever pilot program for rapid oral HIV testing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The program ...

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