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Not sure whether sexual and reproductive health is really an important issue?

Take a look back at some news stories from the last two years.

Do you remember all these reasons to care about sexual health?


Read the Sexual Health Top 10, a list of ten policy recommendations from Sexual Health Nova Scotia to promote positive sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Syphilis, gonorrhea cases up among all ages in Canada
CBC News, May 30, 2016

Chlamydia on the rise in Nova Scotia 
Chronicle Herald, January 16, 2017

Mouth, throat cancers caused by HPV on the rise, especially among Canadian men
CTV News, October 19, 2016

Advocates for HIV prevention pill push for better access, information: Truvada was approved by Health Canada in February, but it’s both difficult to obtain and costly
CBC News, July 11, 2016

Sexual Violence

Nova Scotia judge under fire for claiming ‘a drunk can consent’ in sex-assault case
Globe & Mail, March 2, 2017

‘Party girl’ stereotype played role in acquittal of Halifax taxi driver, review suggests
Globe & Mail, April 23, 2017

Stayed sex assault charge speaks to ‘hugely flawed’ system: victims advocate 
CBC News, April 21, 2017

University students seek sexual violence legislation: ‘This is legislation students have been calling on in this province for years now,’ says group 
CBC News, April 18, 2017

NSHA ends mental health component of sexual assault service
LighthouseNOW, May 10, 2017

Underage girls felt pressured to send intimate photos, Nova Scotia court told 
CTV News, May 9, 2017

Nova Scotia investigations of intimate image sharing on the rise
CBC News, October 19, 2016

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

Confusion, delays continue for abortion pill in Canada: Health Canada approved Mifegymiso in 2015 for women up to seven weeks pregnant, but access remains limited
Toronto Star, February 27, 2017

N.B. to provide abortion pill Mifegymiso free of charge
CTV News, April 4, 2017

Birth control coverage in Canada still unfair, imperfect patchwork
LocalXpress, March 8, 2017

Pregnant inmates cut off from volunteer doulas, says women’s support group 
CBC News, November 15, 2016

Paying to treat infertility: Coverage varies widely across Canada
Global News, November 15, 2016

LGBTQ+

Making the doctor’s office a ‘safe place:’ research shows trans Nova Scotians encounter range of discrimination
Metro Halifax, October 31, 2016

Transgender woman says N.S. sex reassignment program unfair
CTV News, April 25, 2017

Discrimination against two-spirit indigenous people linked to suicide crisis
Chronicle Herald, April 30, 2017

Seniors

Safe sex over 65: Sexual health is too often a stigma for senior citizens
The Coast, March 5, 2015

Seniors are having sex – and some are getting STIs along with it
Globe & Mail, December 2, 2015

LGBT seniors face challenges in long-term care facilities
CBC Mainstreet Cape Breton, August 8, 2015

Sex Ed in Schools

‘Inexcusable’ quality of sex education in Nova Scotia schools
UNews, January 15, 2015

New study gives Maritime sexual orientation education a failing grade
Global News, March 28, 2017

‘I felt like I had to hide it:’ Halifax advocates launch petition for trans education in all Nova Scotia grades
Metro Halifax, May 1, 2017


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