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College Students on Dating vs Hooking Up

Recently, researchers have documented the phenomenon of “hooking up” on college campuses in the United States and how it is replacing traditional dating as the primary form of romantic interaction between the two sexes.1 A “hook up” is characterized by … Read the rest

Importance of Parent-Teen Connectedness

Given the impact that adolescent births and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have on individuals and society at large, it is important for adolescents to be given the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make healthy decisions. Previous research has shown that … Read the rest

Parental Response to HPV vaccination

Parents differ in attitudes towards human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination of their children. HPV vaccination is available to children as young as 9. It has been shown to be effective in preventing cervical cancer.1

Researchers from the Florida State University … Read the rest

Abstinence Education Program Successfully Delays Sexual Debut

Early sexual involvement can lead to serious consequences in adolescents such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. According to the CDC, African American adolescents are a highly vulnerable population, representing only 17% of 13-19 year olds in the … Read the rest

Is Abstinence Education Effective?

How would abstinence education stack up against comprehensive sex education if they were evaluated in a deliberate and controlled way? That is the question that Dr. Christine Markham and her colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center, School … Read the rest

The Medical Institute launches the first online STD risk assessment tool.

Powerful new program aimed at reducing the 19 million new cases of HPV, AIDS and other STDs.

Austin, Texas—May 1, 2007— A new tool has been launched in the fight against HPV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The … Read the rest

Role of Alcohol and Drugs in Premarital Sex, STIs, & Pregnancy

Premarital sex not only places young persons at immediate risk for pregnancy but also increases their risk for all STIs, including HIV. More than 700,000 teenagers become pregnant each year.[1] One in 3 (34%) females become pregnant at least once … Read the rest