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  • Native American Women & Sexual Abuse

    Some days I wish I did not know things. For example, did you know that one in three American Indian women (34.1percent) experience rape in their lifetime as compared with 18 percent of white women and 19 percent of African American women? This may...

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  • Plan B Use Increases

    A recent article in the Washington Post reported that since last August when the federal government approved the sale of emergency contraception without a prescription to women over the age 18, 54,000 pharmacists have completed an online training ...

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  • Loving Teens From The Inside, Out!

    I have the amazing luck to work with a group of teens every summer who come together weekly and create the content for the We're Talking Teen Health sites at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.This year is different in many ways - the teens are all ...

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  • HIV Testing Among High School Students

    In 2006 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 1.1 million people were living with HIV, 4.4% of whom were 13 to 24 years old, and 48% of those youth are unaware they are infected. Using the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey...

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  • More Q & A About HPV and the New Vaccine

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States, with more than 6.2 million cases a year. There are more than 100 strains of HPV and more than 30 of these strains can infect the genitals, and...

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  • Teen Body Image

    In today’s culture I am really alarmed by how much focus there is for teens (and even preteens) on body image, shape, skin, hair, and “sex appeal.” It seems like everywhere I look I am struck by the excessive preoccupation with comparing our own b...

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  • The Care and Feeding of Adolescents

    Given that food is a basic need and we all know that the obesity rate among children has tripled in the last 40 years, and that more and more people are living with Type 2 Diabetes, you would think that there would be lots of support for eating a ...

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  • Virginity Pledges

    Surprise, most teens do not keep virginity pledges! According to another recent article in the Washington Post, teens who take virginity pledges are just as likely to have sex as teen who don't make such promises, but they are less likely to use c...

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  • Traveling with Teens: Part 2

    We're Back! I love the trips I have taken with teens over the last few years because hanging out with them 24/7 provides a unique insight into their relationships and daily patterns. I usually take a couple of books that we all take turns reading ...

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  • Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing

    The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. They have developed the Religious Declaration on Sexual M...

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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