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Sex Stories: Weeks in Review, 10/18-25, 2013

Sexual Health Rankings presents Sex Stories, a weekly roundup of sexual health news from around the country.

Teachers’ Unions Fight Bill That Would Bar Sex Offenders From Schools (Fox News)

Major teachers’ unions are attempting to block a bipartisan bill that would prevent sex offenders from working in schools. Supporters want a zero-tolerance policy while the unions are worried the measure will affect workers’ protections.

Stem Cell Transplants May Harm Recipient’s Sex Life (Health)

A new study shows that blood cancer treatments can impact the sex lives of patients even after recovery. Participants reported decreases in the frequency of sex as well as their sexual function, satisfaction, and drive. Overall, women reported significantly worse sexual effects than men.

Firm Loses Appeal in Contraception Provision Fight (The State)

An appeals court did not grant Eden Foods, a well known organic company, an exemption to the requirement that employers provide workers with free contraceptive coverage. Though Eden’s CEO claims such provision is against his beliefs, the court concluded that as a secular, for-profit company, Eden cannot exercise religious protection.

Public Costs from Unintended Pregnancies and the Role of Public Insurance Programs in Paying for Pregnancy and Infant Care: Estimates for 2008 (Guttmacher Institute)

A new study from the Guttmacher Institute argues that better family planning programs can not only help improve the health, social, and economic outcomes for women but also save the US $12.5 billion per year. This number equals the public costs for births resulting from unintended pregnancy and would be double if not for current prevention services.

Ingham County Couples Disappointed by Delay in Same-Sex Marriage Ruling (Lansing State Journal)

A federal jude in Detroit delayed the ruling for a pivotal lawsuit that challenges Michigan’s ban on same sex marriage and adopting a same-sex partner’s child. Rather then rule from the bench, the judge scheduled a trial for February 2014.

Gender-Neutral Housing Sparks Campus Debates (Rolling Stone)

The fight for gender-neutral housing, in which students can choose to live with someone of any gender, continues on at UNC-Chapel Hill since the Board of Governors’ vetoed the option for this year. The conversation about this issue which traditionally was part of the LGBTQ community has broadened to include most co-eds.

HIV Protective Drugs ‘Do Not Increase Sexual Risk-Taking’ (Medical News Today)

Using data from the Partners PrEP study, researchers found that rates of unprotected sex between heterosexual couples with different HIV statuses did not increase even when they knew about the effectiveness pre-exposure prophylaxis at preventing transmission.

Proposed Legislation Should Make Sex Trafficking an Expensive Crime (Macomb Daily)

A package of 19 bills seeks to deal with sex trafficking in Michigan from several fronts. These include but are not limited to: loss of parental rights for parents convicted of trafficking, eliminating the statue of limitations for such offenses, charging adult entertainment operators a fee per customer, and placing customers who purchase sex on the sex offender registry.

UO Designs Sex Ed App (The Register-Guard)

Over 100 people at the University of Oregon have created a smart phone app called SexPositive that teaches users about the risks of sexual activities, how to talk about them, and safer alternatives. The app uses two spinning wheels, one with body parts and the other with objects, to get the job done.

Sex Stories: Week in Review, 10/4/13

Sexual Health Rankings presents Sex Stories, a weekly roundup of sexual health news from around the country.

Lesbian Florida Teen to Accept Plea in Underage Sex Case (Daily News)

Nineteen year old Kaitlyn Hunt accepted a plea deal that includes jail time and house arrests but does not require her to register as sex offender. Hunt is accused of having sex with an underage girlfriend.

Doctor Sues to Regain License after Sex Abuse Charges Dropped (Chicago Tribune)

A Chicago doctor accused of several sex crimes is suing the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to remove the suspension of his medical license. The suspension came after the doctor did not comply with a requirement to see patients only with a chaperone present. All charges were dismissed in August.

‘Porn and Pizza’: Gay Rights Club Hosts Event for Sexual Health (International Business Times)

University of South Carolina students recently used porn as a medium to discuss health sexual practices. The event, titled ‘Porn and Pizza,’ was hosted by the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance and involved watching movie clips, interactive games, and a detailed discussion on the different views of sexual health.

Obamacare Cuts Costs of Sexual Healthcare with Co-pay Elimination (Healthcare Finance News)

This week’s opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace means millions more Americans have access to key sexual healthcare. Low-cost insurance plans and the removal of co-pays for services like HIV screening, birth control, and pregnancy care mean tens of millions of individuals can receive the guidance and care they need.

Cocaine May Make People More Susceptible to HIV (CBS News)

A new study shows that cocaine lowers the defenses of some immune system cells to HIV infection. Though other studies have linked cocaine use with a higher risk of contracting HIV, this one showed how a cell not normally infected by HIV can be weakened by the drug. Implications of the study include watching patients with histories of substance abuse more closely.

The Silent Infection (Missoula Independent)

Public health officials in Montana are warning residents about the states alarming increase in gonorrhea and chlamydia rates. Part of the rise is due to increased testing on American Indian reservations; however, this factor does not explain the entire increase implying that rates are still rising overall.

New Nebraska Family Alliance Attacks Transgender Student Athletes (Think Progress)

Two prominent Nebraska social conservative groups have come together to form the Nebraska Family Alliance. First on their agenda is to block a policy that would allow transgender students to participate equally in school athletics. The Alliance bases its argument on safety and financial concerns.

Azusa Pacific University Students Rally Behind Embattled Transgender Professor (NBC Southern California)

Students at a Christian university are supporting a theology professor who was asked to step down after coming out as transgender. While the professor’s lawyer argues that he did not violate any policies, students are focusing on his merits as a teacher.