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Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee on AIDS

Mike Huckabee has recently be taken to task for his positions on the transmission and treatment of AIDS.

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Teen Pregnancy Rates Up in the U.S.: 10 Likely Reasons Why That Aren't Just About Sex Ed

You have probably heard that the teen pregnancy and birth rate is up in the United States, for the first time since 1991. As is reasonable, the primary issue most talking about this are addressing is abstinence-only sex education and, due to the way the U.S. has only given federal funding to those programs since 1996, the lack of comprehensive sex education. Of course, too, the ab-only corner is immediately coming to the table with the strange idea that pregnancy and birth rates are up because of comprehensive sex education. Logic and sound data obviously is not the order of the day for that faction, including in their curricula chock-full of intentional medical and practical misinformation, so it's hardly a shocker that they either haven't looked at the facts here or have, but don't care about misrepresenting them.

It's not tough to find the flaw in that supposition: we've only had the abstinence-only mandates, and the popularity of those programs, in this country since 1996, and

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VOTE!

Attention Scarleteen Readers 18+ and eligible to vote in the US: Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. If it is an election year for your jurisdiction, please head out to the polls on Tuesday to cast your ballot. It's a quick-and-easy way to make a difference, as well as a right and responsibility of being a citizen. The right to choose and access to accurate, inclusive sex education are two major issues that Scarleteen is all about.

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Potential Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy Repeal

Congress is considering repealing the military's discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell" policy. At present the bill (The
Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1246)) is in committee with 136 cosponsors.

In the past fourteen years Don't Ask, Don't Tell has done a great deal of harm, not only to the military but to the country and individual servicepeople as well. These numbers are nothing to be proud of:

Since 1993, the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law has cost American
taxpayers more than $364 million. An average of two service members are
dismissed under the law every day. According to the Government
Accountability Office (GAO), nearly 800 people with skills deemed
'mission-critical' by the Pentagon have been dismissed under the law,
including more than 322 language experts, at least 58 of whom specialized
in Arabic.

What's especially interesting to me is that fourteen years of debate about this policy have gone on without homosexual service members being able to weigh in; Do

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Judicial Watch tears into Gardasil...

...and a rogue epidemiologist tears right back.

You can read the World Net Daily Article here http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58004
...and come back for my sass.

Judicial Watch, a conservative non-profit law firm, starts out with a scary citation: 8 women have died after being vaccinated with Gardasil, while another 1,824 cases of adverse reactions to the drug were reported. According to their statistics, there was a total of 3,461 of adverse events reported for Gardasil.

These numbers were taken from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), the CDC-FDA registry for recording complaints about vaccines.

Some events are more adverse than other. Adverse events can include things like "pain at injection site." DUH! You just got a needle jabbed into your arm! Of course that's going to hurt! Some are truly legitimate, though. I'll concede fever is typical of all vaccines. Any time you ask your immune system to work a little harder (which is what all vacc

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Vote Pro-Contraception

We're already gearing up for the 2008 election and some candidates have some rather antiquated views on birth control. That's right, the pill and other routine methods of contraception considered controversial -- at least if you're trying to gain the Republican nomination for president. Take a look at what some of the candidates are saying:

Unannounced candidate and former Sen. Fred Thompson at first denied he had been a lobbyist for the contraception advocacy group the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. Until billing records materialized proving he worked for the group, he somehow had "no recollection of it."

Presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, beefed up his anti-contraception resume by co-sponsoring a bill to de-fund the nation's largest contraception provider, Planned Parenthood, by excluding it from Title X family planning for the poor. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's campaign officials boast he has "consistently voted

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The Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

Teen Birth Rate at All-Time Low Due to Condoms, but Abstinence-Only Funding Goes Up?

"In 2005, 47 percent of high school students (6.7 million) reported having had sexual intercourse, down from 54 percent in 1991. The rate of those who reported having had sex has remained the same since 2003.

Of those who had sex during a three-month period in 2005, 63 percent -- about 9 million -- used condoms. That's up from 46 percent in 1991.

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Activism 101

Want to step up and start standing up for the issues most important to you? Here's a few basics on how young activists can get started.

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