Prophylactic Predilections

In the early 1990s, promoting condom use was the most potent weapon in policymakers’ anti-HIV arsenal. However, efforts to encourage prophylactic use were hampered by the dearth of publicly available data on men’s preferences. For those who lacked access to condom manufacturers’ internal...

Shining Light on an Epidemic

In the mid-1990s, an estimated 12 million Americans contracted an STD annually, and more than 55 million were estimated to have an incurable viral infection that they had contracted sexually. To call attention to the issue and formulate recommendations, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a...

The Burden of STDs Among American Youth

Although 15–24-year-olds represent 25% of the sexually experienced population aged 15–44 in the United States, before 2004, little was known about the STD burden within this group. Hillard Weinstock, Stuart Berman and Willard Cates, Jr.,...

April in [email protected]

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual initiative that the CDC hopes will improve Americans’ understanding of the importance of STD prevention, testing and treatment. Well into the 1990s, public awareness of the consequences of...

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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