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December 1, 2008

WORLD AIDS DAY - Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise. What Can You Do, See, Hear and Know on World AIDS Day 2008?

Check out the Body.org.

Get tested.

Visit the World AIDS Day site.

November 5, 2008

BARACK OBAMA ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - women's health, and comprehensive sex ed supporter to lead the country. More than 110 million Americans voted, a new record. Young people voted in large numbers. New York State Senate balance of power shifts as well.

Read the TimesUnion.com article.

November 4, 2008

VOTE! IT'S ELECTION DAY!

Okay people. This is it. This is like the Superbowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals and the Daytona 500 rolled into one!

Visit www.canivote.org to find your polling place and to make sure you are registered.

If you have problems at the polls call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Your vote is your voice.

October 12, 2008

CHECK OUT THE SCARLETEEN VOTER GUIDE -

This guide is jam-packed with links that will lead you to more information on the candidates. Even if you're not yet of age to vote, go on and inform yourself: you can use this information in talking to your siblings, parents or grandparents whose vote will impact you.

Check out the Scarleteen.com voter guide.

October 10, 2008

CDC: 1 IN 4 TEENAGE GIRLS RECEIVED CERVICAL CANCER VACCINE IN 2007 - the shots could dramatically reduce the nearly 4,000 cervical cancer deaths that occur each year in the United States.

Read the CNN.com story.

Read the CDC.gov press release.

October 8, 2008

LET'S TALK ABOUT SEXY, BABY: The Candidates on Sex Ed, In Their Own Words - RH Reality Check blogs the presidential candidates' positions on real sex ed.

Read the RHRealityCheck.org blog entry.

September 18, 2008

THE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION AND UNIVISION LAUNCH FIRST NATIONAL SPANISH-LANGUAGE MEDIA CAMPAIGN FEATURING HIV-POSITIVE LATINOS AND LOVED ONES-Groundbreaking Ads Confront Stigma and Debunk Myths in Response to Latino AIDS Crisis.

Read the Kaiser Family Foundation press release.

Check out Univision.com.

September 17, 2008

STUDY AFFIRMS NEW YORK’S DECISION TO REFUSE ABSTINENCE-ONLY FUNDS - The national study also shows comprehensive sex education is effective and helps young people delay initiation of sex while increasing condom and contraception use.

Read the FPA press release.

View the full study at Guttmacher.org.

September 11, 2008

NEW YORK TIMES SETS RECORD STRAIGHT ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ADS - McCain ads on Obama's sex ed position "seriously distort the record."

Read the NYTimes.com article.

Read the NYTimes.com editorial.

September 3, 2008

SIECUS RELEASES STATE PROFILES - SIECUS State Profiles represents the most complete portrait ever assembled of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and their intersection with sexuality education programs in the United States.

Check out New York's State Profile at SIECUS.org.

September 2, 2008

BEING TEEN AND PREGNANT IN WAYNE COUNTY, NY - Currently 46.8% of all high school students report they have had sexual intercourse. Three areas in the County stand out for the number of girls getting pregnant.

Read the WayneTimes.com article.

August 28, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA TO APPLY FOR ABSTINENCE-ONLY FUNDS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 5 YEARS - State takes major step backward by promoting failed programs.

Read the Philly.com article.

August 15, 2008

NEW STUDY FINDS ORAL AND ANAL SEX COMMON AMONG SEXUALLY ACTIVE TEENS - Sex education programs should acknowledge that teens initiate a wide range of sexual activities around the same time.

Read the study findings at SIECUS.org.

July 14, 2008

REPORT: TEEN PREGNANCIES UP FOR FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS - Teen pregnancies rose in the United States from 2005 to 2006, new data show.  However, there is not enough information available to say whether it's a trend or a blip.

Read the full article on CNN.com.

July 7, 2008

EDITORIAL: CONGRESS SHOULD STOP FUNDING ABSTINENCE-ONLY ED - When it comes to federal grants for abstinence education, the question at this point is not why 22 states are spurning them, but why 28 are still accepting them.

Read the DailyGazette.com article.

June 30, 2008

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST - Idaho joins string of states to reject Title V abstinence-only funding from the feds.

Read the IdahoStatesman.com article.

June 27, 2008

IS NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY - Are you positive you're not positive?

Find a testing site near you.

Find other resources and information.

June 24, 2008

NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS - Senate neglects Healthy Teens Act AGAIN.

June 23, 2008

LI TEEN ADVOCATES: Students lobby for 'real' sex ed - 'Call Joe Bruno,' youths urge, to pass Healthy Teens Act.

Read the Newsday.com story.

TEENS TEACHING EACH OTHER ABOUT SEX - Farai Chideya talks with 17-year-old Jacquelyn Richards, a peer educator with Planned Parenthood, about the biggest challenges young people face regarding sex, how music and pop culture affects those challenges, and why comprehensive sex education is important.

Listen to the NPR.org story.

CORTLAND COUNTY FIGHTS TEEN PREGNANCY - Seventeen teens at one Massachusetts high school are pregnant after several of them made a pact to have babies and raise them together. Now parents and educators across the nation worry this could happen elsewhere. News 10 spoke with Cortland County educators about their programs to prevent teen pregnancy.

Read the News10Now.com story.

June 11, 2008

150 ORGANIZATIONS JOIN SENATORS TO DEMAND REAL SEX EDUCATION - With the School Year and the Legislative Session Coming to an End, the Get the Facts NY Coalition Says the Senate Must Vote on the Healthy Teens Act Before Another Class Graduates

Read the Family Planning Advocates of NYS Press Release.

Read the NewsLI.com story.

June 4, 2008

CDC RELEASES NEW YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR DATA -   Little change seen in sexual health behavior.

Check out the YRBSS at cdc.gov.

Read the SIECUS analysis.

May 17, 2008

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PASS THE HEALTHY TEENS ACT - State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno has the power to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. 

Send Majority Leader Bruno an e-mail.

April 30, 2008

NEW: SCIENCE vs. SUCCESS, SECOND EDITION - Sex Education and Other Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Check out this new resource at AdvocatesforYouth.org

April 28, 2008

USING TEACHABLE MOMENTS TO CONVEY SAFER SEX MESSAGES TO YOUNG PEOPLE - Adults can be most effective by providing the information and support needed to promote responsible decision-making in youth and help ensure transition to adulthood is safe and healthy.

Check out this new resource at HealthyTeenNetwork.org

April 21, 2008

KEEPING PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS FROM DROPPING OUT: A GUIDE FOR POLICYMAKERS AND SCHOOLS - A new policy brief from Healthy Teen Network and National Women's Law Center explains how pregnant and parenting students are protected from discrimination under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The brief also includes recommendations for policymakers and school administrators to ensure this population of students is able to graduate like their non-parenting peers.

Check out this new resource at HealthyTeenNetwork.org

TEEN PREGNANCY: EXPLORING THE MEANS OF PREVENTION, EDUCATION AND CARE FOR TEENAGE PARENTS - Jamestown paper highlights local efforts to prevent teen pregancy and help teen parents.

Read the Post-Journal.com article.

April 17, 2008

SENATE MUST BRING HEALTHY TEENS ACT TO A VOTE - letter to the editor at

TimesUnion.com

March 24, 2008

STUDY: COMPREHENSIVE SEX ED CUTS TEEN PREGNANCY - Students who receive comprehensive sex education are half as likely to become teen parents as those who get none or abstinence-only sex education, according to researchers at the University of Washington published in this month's Journal of Adolescent Health.

Read the Yahoo.com story.

Read the SeattleTimes.com story.

March 11, 2008

1 in 4 TEENAGE GIRLS HAS AN STD - CDC says 3.2 million adolescent girls have at least one of the most common STDs.

Read the CDC press release.

Listen to the NPR.org story.

Read theNYTimes.com story.

March 10, 2008

200 TEENS ATTEND 2008 GET THE FACTS NY

YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

March 10, 2008

in Albany, NY

Read all about it...

Check out photos here!

February 29, 2008

BEYOND THE "BIG TALK" - American Academy of Pediatrics releases study stresses the importance of talking to children early and more often about sex. Discussions ease parent-child communication.

Read the AAP study.

Read the CBSNews.com story.

IOWA TO REJECT FEDERAL ABSTINENCE-ONLY FUNDING - Will send back $320,000.

Read the RHRealityCheck.org story.

February 26, 2008

Talking With Children About Sex and AIDS: At What Age to Start? - What age is the right age to have “the talk,” not just about where babies come from, but also about sex and AIDS? A new documentary, “Please Talk to Kids About AIDS,” raises this question in a cute but discomfiting way.

Read the NYtimes.com article (subscription required).

January 26, 2008

ARIZONA REJECTS ABSTINENCE-ONLY FUNDING - Sends back $1 million to feds.  Governor Napolitano states, "I cannot in good conscience set funding aside for programming that is proven to be ineffective."

Read the AZCentral.com story.

January 10, 2008

NEW YORK CITY TEENAGERS TESTIFY BEFORE CITY COUNCIL TO ADVOCATE FOR SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS - A group of 10 teenagers recently testified before the New York City Council and said that sex education should be mandatory in high schools in the Bronx borough of the city.

Read the National Partnership story.

Read the DailyNews.com story.

January 6, 2008

COLORADO TO REJECT FEDERAL ABSTINENCE-ONLY FUNDING - Sends $500,000 back to the feds.  State's chief medical director: "We don't believe that we should spend federal tax dollars on something that is likely ineffective."

Read the DailyCamera.com story.

 

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