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Finding people who are willing to talk about their STDs publicly can be a tall order for journalists. But these ideas and tips will help you tackle the reporting challenge — and remind you why you should.
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The San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the California's highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. As part of a series on sex education and teen pregnancy, The Fresno Bee found out what some women wished they would have learned about sex when they were younger.
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Fresno County, home to nearly a million people, has some of the highest STD rates in California. The problem is urgent, but it's not an easy story to report. KVPR's Diana Aguilera tells how she was able to gain access to the communities most impacted by STD outbreaks.

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Contributing editor William Heisel shares a few of his favorite health stories from the past year in the first of two posts.

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Researchers enlisted local pharmacies in the Bronx and Manhattan to offer free rapid HIV testing to any interested passerby. The disease thrives in some of the most impoverished parts of major cities in the United States with many people not even knowing they are infected.

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It is three in the morning and Philip, 27, wakes up from a nightmare that he soon forgets. Vivid dreams and dizziness are recurring experiences, side effects he attributes to taking Atripla, a pill he consumes daily because he has AIDS.

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San Francisco's City Clinic has been dishing out frank talk about sex for 100 years. The shocking thing is not how much things have changed, but how much they haven't.

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Why do two Central California cities top a new "most toxic" cities list? Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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What does it mean to be a “good girl” or “bad girl,” and who is making the wiser sexual choices? This was a topic discussed at the Breaking The Silence: Black and Latino Women Taking Care of Ourselves while Building Healthy Relationships with Men conference Saturday, November 6th.

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STDs: Writing in BNET’s Placebo Effects blog, Jim Edwards writes about the political, moral and health issues surrounding the HPV-preventing Gardasil vaccine for boys. They’re more complicated – and expensive – than you’d think, and Edwards wonders whether the current debate reflects sexism in medicine.

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