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Virginity Pledge Ineffective
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Virginity Pledge Ineffective

A new study reveals teens who pledge to abstain from premarital sex actually lose their virginity around the same time as teens who did not vow to remain virgins. The study released today is consistent with previous studies that have shown teens who pledge their virginity are less likely to use protection than their non-pledging counterparts.

Is Condomless Sex The New Engagement Ring?
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Is Condomless Sex The New Engagement Ring? [VIDEO]

Are engagement rings a thing of the past? According to NPR's Pendarvis Harshaw couples are showing their commitment in a controversial new way -- condomless sex!  Host Allison Castillo takes an in-depth look at Harshaw's clam that "Condomless sex is the new engagement ring."   The LoveFeed is YourTango's daily round-up of love, sex and relationship news and trends. New episodes Tuesday-Saturday.

What's the Female Condom?
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What's the Female Condom?

There's two types of condoms, you say? Yes! The male condom (the one you likely learned to put around a banana in sex ed class) and the female condom, which.....um......um......wait, you don't know anything about it, either? We like to think of ourselves as pretty knowledgeable about how to practice safe sex, but we were embarrassed to discover how little we knew about the female condom. Even if you grew up with abstinence-only education, you'll know what a Durex or a Trojan looks like. You also know that some men hate to wear 'em. Enter the female condom, method of birth control that basically involves inserting what looks like a larger version of the male condom inside your vagina.

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My Year of Condomless Sex

2006 was a year of unprotected sex for me. No, not every time, but I started off the year with a fling with a slightly older man I was besotted with, who didn’t speak a word about condoms, and, in response, I didn’t either. I wanted to trust that he had some magical knowledge that somehow I was missing, that maybe the world had overturned itself and they were no longer necessary. I was wrong, and after a pregnancy panic as I searched for Plan B—this was right before it was so readily available—I escaped unscathed. Then later that year I met a guy I fell absolutely head over heels with, sure that we were destined to be together.

Do Teens Or Thirtysomethings Have Safer Sex?
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Do Teens Or Thirtysomethings Have Safer Sex?

In a classic case of "do as I say not as I do," it seems thirtysomethings are less responsible about having protected sex than the under-20 set. According to a recent British study, teens aged 16-19 are twice as diligent about using protection when having sex with a new partner as those in the 35-44 age group. The results were particularly astounding to Brit officials, as the STD rate there has risen six percent in the past year. "Interventions are urgently required for people in their 30s and 40s and older who are increasingly forming new partnerships," the study's lead researcher told Metro. Before anything becomes "urgently required" on this side of the pond, here are some solutions to some common condom complaints from the older and arguably un-wiser set:

Morning News Feed: Tues, Nov 4
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Morning News Feed: Tues, Nov 4

Recycled sex, Essex girls do it without condoms, some dudes don't like oral, a mother's weight gain translates to bigger babies, both presidential candidates aren't down with gay marriage, Mad Men teaches people how to date like a man, an Indian man wants an annulment on grounds of his wife's acne, Suze Orman wants you to have separate accounts, and wedding gowns for women in the military.

HIV Older Than Once Thought
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HIV Older Than Once Thought

The HIV virus, which becomes AIDS, possibly dates back to 1900, which is 30 years earlier than researchers originally thought. The Los Angeles Times reports that University of Arizona researchers studied biopsy samples in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Scientists say the virus was first found in chimpanzees but they were unsure when it made the leap from monkeys to human. The first humans were diagnosed in 1981, but the oldest evidence of the disease in man dates back to 1959.

HIV Older Than Once Thought
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HIV Older Than Once Thought

The HIV virus, which becomes AIDS, possibly dates back to 1900, which is 30 years earlier than researchers originally thought. The Los Angeles Times reports that University of Arizona researchers studied biopsy samples in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Scientists say the virus was first found in chimpanzees but they were unsure when it made the leap from monkeys to human. The first humans were diagnosed in 1981, but the oldest evidence of the disease in man dates back to 1959.

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Safe Sex Ring Tone

An NGO has a fun idea of how to stem AIDS in India: ring tones. The subcontinent has been introduced a ring tone that's just a fella saying "condom" over and over. The hope is that it will get people talking about prophylactics and subsequently using them. Good deal.

License to Bone
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License to Bone

Yes, just like you have a license to drive, STFree Communications gives you a license to bone! Your card comes with a phone number on that back that potential partners can call to prove you've recently been tested. Not that you need us to remind you, but STDs are scary stuff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in '06 that roughly 19 million STD infections occur each year, almost half among young adults aged 15 to 24.

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Juno: A Modern Day Fairy Tale?

While “Juno” lost out to “Sweeney Todd” for the Best Musical or Comedy Golden Globe at last night’s ceremony…er, press conference, the comic tale of a 16 year old who becomes pregnant has had America talking not only about the film’s wit but its unintentional pro-life undertone. The New York Times ran an opinion piece yesterday exploring Juno’s “fairy tale” message of an unwanted pregnancy with a happy, carefree ending vs. the reality of what this means, physically and psychologically, for women, specifically teenagers.