Last month, in rural Mississippi, doctors announced that a baby had been cured of an HIV infection. Since HIV may be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding, doctors normally check pregnant women for HIV long before delivery. In the case of this baby’s mother, she arrived at the hospital already in labor. She hadn’t seen a doctor and was unaware that she was HIV-positive.
It’s Girl Scout Cookies season. And as we approach finals week, a lot of my friends have received boxes of cookies as gifts. Not because the cookies are fantastic (though they are), but because conservative groups have recently taken aim at the Girl Scouts of America. Still, the organization has held its ground. And what they support, what they stand for, makes me love them
The Texas Center for Defense of Life says its mission is to “aggressively defend the sanctity of human life in Texas and federal courts from conception through natural death.”
This Valentine’s Day, Democratic politicians reintroduced The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act, which would expand comprehensive sex education in schools and ensure access to medically accurate and age-appropriate materials. Two of our state representatives, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., are listed as co-sponsors of this act.
Choosing the right birth control option for your specific needs can be frustrating. The Student Health and Counseling Center offers a range of birth control options for you to consider and contraceptive counseling to help you understand the various methods.
Kelly Hinson is a 27-year-old expectant mother who was approached by a man while out shopping. He knew her name and recognized her from explicit photos that he saw on the Internet. Hinson was shocked. True, she’d taken the photos, but she didn’t know that a former partner had posted them online. Nor was she aware that underneath the photos were her name and personal information, including contact information, which were also made public.
For several years I’ve watched as numerous pieces of legislation across the country deprived women of the fundamental right to make their own health care decisions. There have been a lot of nonsensical bills introduced, some of which actively seek to harm women.
Years ago I looked into purchasing home HIV tests at the request of a friend who wanted to test each new partner prior to engaging in sexual contact as an added precaution. That friend intended to use protection and normally required each new partner to get tested at a clinic but still saw some advantages to having a partner tested in this manner.
Sexual assault is a major societal problem that impacts all genders and ages. It’s a focus of concern on most college campuses, and statistics about the preponderance of sexual assault on college campuses abound, including here in Portland and on the Portland State campus.
In the face of its departure, many political pundits have already declared the 112th Congress the worst in U.S. history. While I could debate the merits of that claim for a while, it’s a fact that while attempting and failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act a total of 33 times, a lot of other important work was never quite accomplished in 2012.
Friends-with-benefits relationships are becoming more and more common: Studies suggest that almost two-thirds of college students have entered into at least one of these relationships. However, little research has been done on these relationship dynamics in comparison to other kinds of sexual relationships, especially as FWB relationships impact participants’ sexual and reproductive health.