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Senate May Remove Ban On Needle-Exchange Programs

Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty and other district leaders should "remain vigilant" as the Senate this month likely will vote on a $21 billion appropriations bill that would lift a ban on city funding for needle-exchange programs, Grant Smith -- legislative assistant for the Office of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance -- writes in a Washington Post letter to the editor in response to a Nov. 30 Post editorial (Smith, Washington Post, 12/4).

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Quicker And More Effective Chlamydia Test

Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection in the world but often has no symptoms. A new test for diagnosing Chlamydia is quicker and more cost-effective than current tests, and has the potential to reduce complications and transmission to sexual partners.

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More Comprehensive Sex Education Programs Needed

Although abstinence messages are effective for some teenagers "who embrace [their] religious roots or who choose to abstain for other reasons," they should not be the "centerpiece for any state's sexual education policy" because such messages "wor[k] only for some" teens, Abigail Jones and Marissa Miley, co-authors of Restless Virgins: Love, Sex, and Survival at a New England Prep School, write in a USA Today opinion piece.

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