POWER UPDATES: JUNE EDITION
There are plenty of articles, publications, and stories published every month. In an effort to help you distinguish fact from fiction, save time in your already busy day, and share news you may not have otherwise seen, here are five stories from the last month we thought you might find interesting:
Research has shown there are many reasons why an individual may choose to use or not use condoms during sex. One reason that is less understood is the role of intimate partner violence. This study highlights the importance of capturing relationship violence and perpetrator gender in national data sets, suggesting that the information could help to better inform prevention efforts and providers that support victims.
Research findings on the association between adolescent sexual debut and academic achievement in school have been inconsistent. Seeking to clarify, this study used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to assess this relationship. Results indicate that having an early first sexual experience was associated with a lower grade point average among minority adolescents.
Vaginal rings are currently being developed to prevent HIV and STI transmission. However, we need a more complete understanding of women’s expectations about use and effectiveness. As a result of this review, the authors suggest future research is needed that asks both women and men about their experiences with the vaginal ring and patient-provider interaction around method choice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a number of resources to support providers as they improve awareness and increase information on adolescent sexual and reproduction health care. These resources cover recommended services, addressing clinical issues, and information on optimizing health and reducing risk taking behaviors.
The Office of Adolescent Health has published updated data sheets on national and state measures of adolescent well-being. Key findings for 2017 include: