Sexual Health Rankings™ presents Sex Stories, a weekly roundup of sexual health news from around the country.
One-third of Teens Do Not Discuss Sexual Health with Physicians (Medical News Today)
This study examined discussions about sexual health between physicians and adolescents. Researchers recorded office visits and found that two-thirds included any discussion of sex. Talks generally lasted more than 35 seconds and were started by the physician. They were more likely if patients were female, older, or African-American, when confidentiality was clear, and during longer visits.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened its newest Men’s Wellness Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the Gay Men of African Descent’s (GMAD) facility. The Center’s goal is to make STD testing easy to access and affordable as well as to encourage regular sexual health screenings.
An effort to put a California law allowing transgender students to choose bathrooms and sports teams is one step closer to going to a vote. Opponents of the law, which went into effect Jan 1, gathered enough signatures to make the law eligible. Counties must now verify each signature to see if there is enough to put the referendum on the ballot in November.
A survey of inmates in nearly 600 prisons identified a Montana State Prison as having one of the highest rates of sexual violence. The prison reported rates of inmate-on-inmate and staff-on-inmate violence at four and five times higher than the national average respectively. Prison officials disagree with the results.
Ohio also reported higher-than-average rates. For more information, click here.
Cornell Revamps Sexual Assault Policies, Takes Proactive Approach (Huffington Post)
Rather than wait for a sexual assault controversy to occur, Cornell officials began changing policies immediately. The cases are handled by a different administrator and have a less rigorous burden of proof for the victim. The changes were made based on both a student-faculty council and extensive input from students.
Reaching Out to Prevent HIV in High-Risk Youth (USA Today)
Chicago is leading the way in creative programs that reach youth at-risk for HIV. A team of three hospitals, 60 community organizations, and dozens of health care providers are creating unique programs that reach youth in their spaces (e.g. bathhouses). Additionally, they’re excelling at the “linkage to care” model which focuses on the patients and helps them overcome individual barriers