Definitions Matter

Even into the early 2000s, knowledge about bisexual men’s recent sex partners remained little understood—an important research gap, because of bisexual men’s increased risk for HIV and other STDs. Bisexual men were often lumped together in studies with homosexual men, and it was unclear whether...

Rethinking the Needs of Sexual Minority Women

While the AIDS crisis made gay and bisexual men a prominent focus of sexual health programs, providers largely ignored the needs of sexual minority women, who were widely deemed to have little risk of STDs. One of the first studies in Perspectives to highlight the sexual health of...

Sex Ed in the ’80s

Amid the growing AIDS crisis in the 1980s, many state and school sex education policies were vague or nonexistent, and not much was known about the content and quality of sex ed. To address this lack of knowledge, the Guttmacher Institute conducted several large-scale surveys to assess how...

Family Planning Clinics Gear Up to Fight AIDS

In 1987, amid growing concern over the deepening AIDS crisis, the Centers for Disease Control recommended that all women seeking family planning services in clinics, hospitals or doctors’ offices receive counseling about AIDS and, if appropriate, testing for HIV. As described in a ...

Making Strides in Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Men

Reproductive health care has traditionally focused on women. This makes sense: Most effective contraceptive methods are female-controlled, and women disproportionately deal with the consequences of unplanned pregnancy. There has been, however, growing acknowledgment of men’s need for sexual and...

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Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Perspectives may be accessed through Wiley Online Library (2003–) and JSTOR (1969–2011).

Cover illustrations of Margaret Sanger © Matthew and Eve Levine

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