Sexual Health


Examining Alternatives to Criminalizing Sex Work in the United States
Stacey McKenna & Chelsea Boyd

Often referred to as the world’s oldest profession, prostitution was largely legal in the United States until the early 1900s. Since that time, the commercial sex trade—encompassing…

Policies that Promote a Reframing of the Nation’s Sexual Health Discourse
Chelsea Boyd & Damon Jacobs

America’s puritanical roots are rarely more apparent than in the nation’s sexual health discourse. Comprehensive sexuality education is often regarded with suspicion; people living with human…

What It Would Mean to Decriminalize Sex Work
Stacey McKenna & Damon Jacobs

During the 2021-2022 legislative session, at least three states—Hawaii, Missouri and Vermont—considered bills that would decriminalize voluntary sex work. While none of those passed, the state…

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To Lower STI Rates, Look at Sex Ed
Chelsea Boyd

In 2020, there were 2.4 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, and more than half of these sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affected people between the ages of 15 and 24….

Stopping the Rise of STIs
Chelsea Boyd & Damon Jacobs

In 2019, there were 2.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, breaking the previous record high for the sixth year. These infections have a staggering cost of as much as $16…

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A Confused Approach to Harm Reduction
Marc Hyden

If you want consistent approaches from the government to society’s many problems, then you’re likely to be disappointed. Nowhere is this clearer than in the responses to the tobacco and opioid…

Why the Harm Reduction Movement Needs Diversity: An interview with the National Harm Reduction Coalition’s Anthony Salandy, PhD, MSc.
Stacey McKenna

Last year, more than 100,000 people in the United States died of a drug overdose. While overdose deaths slowed, plateaued and even declined in some groups, Black Americans and other communities of…

R Street Integrated Harm Reduction Principles and Priorities
Mazen Saleh & Chelsea Boyd

The R Street Institute believes that health policy grounded in harm reduction has the potential to reduce the negative consequences associated with various behaviors drastically, both legal and…

Event: Harm Reduction 101
Damon Jacobs & Pritika C. Kumar

Everyone engages in behaviors that can harm their health, and many of us take measures to decrease these health risks. If you wear your seatbelt while…

Harm Reduction 101: Five Harm Reduction Myths
Mazen Saleh & Stacey McKenna & Pritika C. Kumar & Chelsea Boyd

Harm reduction is a set of policies and programs that allow individuals to mitigate the risks associated with particular behaviors, whether those involve drugs, alcohol,…

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