Journalists, doctors, advocates, researchers and founders of nonprofits are among the young family planning champions worldwide being recognized and rewarded for leadership by Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins…

In 2013, all contraceptives in the US were to be covered without a copay under the Affordable Care Act. However, according to many physicians, several legal barriers have made it next to impossible for patients to receive the benefits of this provision. A 2015 Kaiser…

IUDs and other long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) win praise for helping reduce teen pregnancy—but a new study raises the concern that teens on LARCs might be dropping condoms. According to a study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics, high school girls using…

Faced with few ways to help women worried about Zika, OB-GYNs in Puerto Rico are passing out free contraception. Birth control use has been low on the island, which is hard hit by Zika—more than 8,700 confirmed cases, and the CDC predicts that more than 20-25% of the…

Police in China who see condoms as evidence of sex work are driving sex workers to spurn the prophylactics, ultimately hurting HIV prevention efforts, a new survey shows. Sex workers who have endured police interrogation in 3 Chinese cities were 20% less likely to use…

While access to contraceptives is a major problem globally, two more significant reasons for them not being used are a dearth of options and information, a new study  by the Guttmacher Institute reveals.

Once on the brink of eradication, syphilis is now being reported at an alarming rate in the US. Not since the 1980s have infection rates among gay men been so high. The disease’s comeback is likely the result of state and local budget cuts, which reduced the hours and…

What do candy crush and cervical cancer have in common? Well, nothing except, both can now be ‘screened’ on a smartphone. The innovation, by Israeli based firm MobileODT, is a compact medical device that comprises a powerful microscope and lighting. It incorporates an…

Taking the advice of their legislators to heart, a group of women in Miami, Florida turned to their dentists for pap smears and yeast infection treatments. But the dental clinic at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center turned down their requests for help with their “…

A combination of challenging logistics and ideology block broader access to contraceptives in the poorest pockets of Burma (Myanmar), such as Chin State—where only around 3% of the women have access to family planning. That stands in stark contrast to the rest of the…