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Obamacare Upheld, Follow The Two Way for SCOTUS Updates

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According to NPR’s Ari Shapiro, the “tax argument is what saved President Obama’s signature law.”

Follow The Two Way for LIVE Updates

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"I Have Sex"

A video in response to the attacks on Planned Parenthood and the sexual health and freedom of America’s youth population.

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Advocates for Youth: VA Sexual Health at a Glance

Have you ever wondered where Virginia falls in relation to other states in terms of sexual health?  Are you wondering about the demographics of sexual health in other states? Are you looking for a way to start your own grassroots effort as a young person?

Find information on all of the above from The Advocates for Youth.

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AIDS Activism Growing on Campuses - NYTimes.com

Roughly a quarter-century after gay men rose up to demand better access to H.I.V. medicines, a new breed of AIDS advocate is growing up on college campuses. Unlike the first generation of patient-activists, this latest crop is composed of budding public health scholars. They are mostly heterosexual. Rare is the one who has lost friends or family members to the disease. Rather, studying under some of the world’s most prominent health intellectuals, they have witnessed the epidemic’s toll during summers or semesters abroad, in AIDS-ravaged nations like Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Research presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference this week found that most people who start the HPV vaccine — which, in addition to protecting against some cancers, can prevent genital warts — don’t finish the regimen.

The study looked at clinical data of almost 10,000 eligible women and girls ages 9 to 26 from the University of Maryland Medical Center’s outpatient gynecology clinics. Just over a quarter of them started the HPV vaccine series. And of those, about 30 percent received all three shots.

HPV shots cost about $120 each, but may be covered by health insurance of goverment programs. The CDC recommends the vaccine for 11- and 12-year-old girls, as well as girls and women 13 to 26 years old who haven’t gotten the vaccine. But both Cervarix and Gardasil can be given to girls as young as 9.

Age played a role. Women younger than 18 were more likely to get more than one dose of the vaccine. Women in early adulthood might face complicating factors — like going to college or transitioning back home — that make it difficult to get all of their shots, says the study’s lead author J. Kathleen Tracy, a health psychologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

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Mechai Viravaidya tells his story of sexual health education reform in Thailand. 

This video has inspired a few great ideas for the W&M Sexual Health Outreach Peer Educators. Some of the ideas that sprang up included:

  • Cops and Rubbers: a partnership between HOPE and campus police to encourage student/police conversation while also increasing awareness for condom accessibility.
  • Coffee and Condoms:  a partnership with our local coffeehouses to hand out free condoms with orders for a day.
  • Condom-Trick-or-Treat:  take a small candy bucket full of condoms with you when you go to Halloween parties to increase the likelihood that the ghosts and ghouls will use protection.

What programming ideas did this inspire for you?

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Condoms in CSU

Did you know that you can get condoms delivered to your CSU twice a week for free if you’re a current William & Mary student?

Follow the link above, type in your information, and request any combination of two condoms from the following list:

  • Trojan Lubricated
  • Lifestyle Flavored
  • Trojan Her Pleasure
  • Trojan Magnum

This program is confidential.  None of your personal information will be viewed by those processing the orders, and the orders are delivered in unlabeled, discrete envelopes. 

Safe sex is responsible sex, and H.O.P.E is here to help you out.

-Casey