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AMA Adolescent Health

A wealth of information on diverse issues of adolescent health from the AMA.

Feminist Women's Health Center

A comprehensive site available in English and Spanish, giving women information on sexual healthcare, birth control, abortion and more. Provides personal stories, poety, and how to perform a self-exam with a speculum.

Puberty 101

Puberty 101 offers many links and resources to teens designed to answer questions about puberty and sexual health, but also about issues such as drug abuse and mental health.

MTV's It's Your Sex Life

MTV gets on the sexual health train by providing youth with information about preventing pregnancy, STDs and testing, and relationship issues. Each section is full of links, infographics, and resources for taking action, including finding a testing center near you and ways to become a GYT (Get-Yourself-Tested) advocate.

iwannaknow.org

Supported by the American Social Health Association, iwannaknow.org is a search function that allows youth to easily search topics of interest to them. Primarily devoted to preventing the transmission of STIs, there are also topics on puberty, love and relationships, and reproductive information.

FBI Files: Candidiasis, AKA, Yeast Infections

Itching like nobody's business down south? Have a curdled discharge? Candida Albicans may be the hoodlum to blame.

The HPV Vaccine FAQ

A vaccine is available to help prevent the spread of some types of HPV for people of all genders. Have a click to find out more about it.

Condoms Protect Against Cervical Cancer

"Using condoms consistently and properly significantly reduces the risk of infection by the virus [HPV] that causes cervical cancer among newly sexually active women."

This probably isn't a big surprise for most people but it does take away a tool of the abstinence-only camp. For years they've been disparaging condom efficacy because condoms weren't proven to make a difference with things like HPV.

Between this study and the new vaccine HPV is looking more and more managable all the time.

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FDA Approves HPV Vaccination

The vaccine, Gardisil, is only approved for women and girls right now but its maker (Merck) is looking into its use in boys and men. Hopefully it will be available to males soon since they can also be infected and transmit the virus to their partners. A few things have to be cleared up yet, such as at what age girls should be vaccinated and if pediatricions should include it in their vaccination schedules. The CDC makes its reccomendations June 29th.

The only downside I can see is the cost: $300 - $500 for a vaccine that only lasts four years. Many communities do offer financial help for medical needs like vaccines whether via sliding scales or specific programs so hopefully this will accessible for everyone. Globally, this has the potential save 200,000 lives each year that would otherwise be ended by cervical cancer.

More information on the vaccine: What Does Gardasil Mean For Women?

More information on HPV: STI File: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV, Warts) and Herpes & HPV.

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From OW! to WOW! Demystifying Painful Intercourse

At least once every couple of days, someone posts or writes into Scarleteen reporting that vaginal entry -- usually intercourse or manual vaginal sex, and usually (but not always) with male partners -- is painful, uncomfortable, or unfulfilling for them. Whatever sort of vaginal entry we're talking about -- with fingers, a penis or a dildo, with partners of any gender -- not only doesn't have to be painful, it really shouldn't be. More than that, any kind of sex shouldn't be about a lack of pain, but about the presence of pleasure.

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