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Apr 2015

Public Health: Infectious Disease Specialists Working Overtime for You!

      Today is the final day of National Public Health Week 2015. The theme-of-the-day is Building on 20 Years of …

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Apr 2015

National Public Health Week

It is National Public Health Week   What is Public Health?   Public health  is essential in assuring the well-being of …

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Apr 2015

Car Accidents and Healthy Relationships: Ten Realizations that Evolve from Being Un-dead

Last week was a most unfortunate week for me. However, not being one to shy away from unexpected opportunities to write, …

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Mar 2015

Arts Connect International

      Want to know more about comprehensive sexuality education? Follow this link to ArtsConnectInternational.org to learn more about this topic and …

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Mar 2015

I only run when being chased – by my dreams!

“Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find another one.” …….Author unknown.     As many of you …

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Mar 2015

What will you tell your daughter today? Twelve Talking Tips

  Today,  March 10,  is the tenth anniversary of the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, or for our tech …

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Mar 2015

International Women’s Day: Celebrating all women

Celebrating women and their accomplishments today. International Women’s Day (#womensday) is a day of celebration of women across the globe, with …

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Feb 2015

Perspective: It’s All In Your Head

Ping! Off went my text message alert. Group message to my group of friends from Katie. “What color is this dress?” …

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Feb 2015

Healthy Relationships: Start the Conversation

February is Teen Dating Violence month. However, this is an issue that should spark conversation on a regular basis. Take a look …

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Feb 2015

Adolescents: Navigating the Health World

Several months ago I had an opportunity to participate in a health fair at the local high school. Our health community gathered together …

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Jan 2015

Book Review: The Birth of the Pill

Book Review The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig   Despite …

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Jan 2015

Birds and Bees Aren’t the Only Ones Who Do It

I was fortunate to enjoy a visit with my daughter in the quirky, vibrant, exuberant, and lovely cities of Berkeley and San …

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Dec 2014

Sexual Health Topics of 2014: Inspiring Conversation and Change

For bloggers, ringing in the New Year with a list seems to the be the hip and cool thing to do. …

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Dec 2014

Navigating Newness: Sexuality

Photo Courtesy Jennifer Cook If you have ever been “forced” to learn something new, such as the basics of social media or …

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Dec 2014

11 ways to avoid being a sexy sneezer

This morning as I was laying in bed, thinking about blogging, work, projects, plans, shopping…you know…all that stuff that keeps us up …

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Dec 2014

Adolescent Sexuality Health…What are YOU thinking?

As we enter into the busy holiday season, I wish to thank you for your continued support and readership of TeenWorldConfidential. …

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Dec 2014

World AIDS Day 2014

In appreciation of World AIDS Day, I urge readers to become educated about HIV/AIDS. Becoming educated about HIV/AIDS will increase understanding …

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Nov 2014

Contraception: Ladies’ Choice?

What do they have in common?? All are forms of “girl” contraception. Some use hormones, some act as a barrier, some …

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Nov 2014

“Mom, we’re pregnant” Moving forward when your world is rocked.

“Mom, we’re pregnant” Moving forward when your world is rocked. I was fortunate enough to sit next to a very interesting …

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Oct 2014

Arm-ing our young women with protection

A couple of weeks ago, amidst the disturbing reports of violence in the Middle East and the eye-opening spread of Ebola, …

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Oct 2014

National Coming Out Day

(Photo Courtesy of Whisper and Huff Post – see link below) My hope as an educator and ally is if you know …

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Oct 2014

Let’s change the channel.

Bullying….something we hope our children don’t experience – or instigate. Even if they do not experience bullying directly, 56% of students …

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Sep 2014

Sorry Mom

So, my youngest daughter is studying abroad in Australia. What a great experience, right? For spring break, she asked if we would …

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Sep 2014

Let’s Talk: Sexually Assaulted Males.

Society tends to place a greater eye on female victimization when it comes to rape and sexual assault. I get that. …

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Sep 2014

The Global Impact of Making a Friend

Comprehensive sexual health education isn’t just about condoms and STI’s. If you have been following my blog, you realize lately I’ve been …

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Sep 2014

It’s a Human Issue

We know it happens. It happens all the time. Women. Children. Men. Wealthy. Poor. Highly-educated. Illiterate. Religious. Atheist. Gay. Straight. Black. …

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Aug 2014

100 Percent of the Time. Period.

After a particularly lovely Sunday Funday enjoying one of the last weekends of summer, one of my close friends and her …

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Jul 2014

PEACE

Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones in the recent tragedy in the Ukraine. Their grief is unimaginable. …

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Jul 2014

It’s okay to DECIDE

Before we talk about decision-making, let me give you the world’s shortest neurology lesson: Oh, wait. Wrong one. Look at this …

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Jul 2014

Values…What’s your Perspective??

Wow. Lots of controversy lately about insurance coverage and the responsibility of one’s employer. It got me to thinking….about values, actually. How …

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Jun 2014

K.NOW: Puberty…a time of perfecting the eyeball roll.

I was, once again, perusing the vast wasteland of time known as Facebook, when I happened upon this hysterical ad: First Moon …

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Jun 2014

Happy Dad’s Day! Studies show you actually DO matter!!! Now you have proof!

Dads. On Father’s Day the focus is on that guy who is traditionally seen as someone who works diligently all day …

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May 2014

No need to go crazy: Just K.NOW about Syphilis

When I think of syphilis, I think to myself…oh, that’s a thing of the past! No one gets that STI anymore. Then …

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May 2014

“But my teacher SAID it is true, so it must be, right??”

If any of you enjoy a little mental zombie time by scrolling through Facebook, chances are you came across a recent Upworthy …

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May 2014

The National Day

13th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is May 7, 2014 Hundreds of Thousands of Teens Expected to Participate Hundreds of …

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May 2014

K.NOW: Just Don’t Be Weird

Yesterday, my intern Ellie and I had the honor and privilege of attending a high school health fair geared towards students. What …

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Mar 2014

K.NOW: Purpose: What is yours…?

Talking to our kids about their sexual health can be tricky or even uncomfortable at times. That’s okay – perfectly normal; especially …

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Mar 2014

K.now: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Womenshealth.gov – National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10,2014 Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The Office …

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Feb 2014

(K)NOW: Condoms..What’s YOUR Pleasure?

Paris has it figured out: Condom vending machines right on the street!! Condoms. Rubbers. Raincoats. Sheaths. Love Gloves. Prophylactics. Wetsuits. Willie Warmers. …

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Feb 2014

(K)NOW, Facebook. You have set a great example!

So the recent “big news” on the social media front this past weekend centered around Facebook. Recognizing that not all individuals identify …

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Feb 2014

Wanna (K)NOW what Ellie says?

The following is a written interview that explored the conversation between a young woman who was about to venture off to …

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Feb 2014

Hey Doc, I Wanna (K)NOW

One snowy day while working on my project, I was “researching” by leisurely reading the paper. (Okay, so it wasn’t research – …

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Jan 2014

HPV – (K)NOW

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Jan 2014

(K)NOW: HPV – Reduce the Risk

Did you find the hidden words in the title? Fortunately, it’s not a hidden secret. There are ways to REDUCE the …

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Jan 2014

Ding-ding-ding-ding! We have a winner! It’s HPV!

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) sure has been in the news a lot lately. It seems to be the new STI “buzzword”, …

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Jan 2014

Hey! It’s not MY fault! It’s my HORMONES!

Let me begin this by saying that when I was in nursing school, the endocrine system (hormones) bored me. Why? It was …

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Dec 2013

It’s the LAW! Teachers are required to teach scientific facts beginning January 1st!

In Illinois this summer, Governor Quinn signed a law that requires schools in Illinois to teach sexual education with scientifically- and medically-accurate …

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Dec 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Wishing you Joy and Peace