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Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is the focal point for issues related to women’s and men’s reproductive concerns. The Division's mission is to promote optimal reproductive, maternal, and infant health and quality of life by influencing public policy, health care practice, community practices, and individual behaviors through scientific and programmatic expertise, leadership, and support. Activities and programs provide support to organizations and institutions, as well as providers and consumers, across the U.S. and around the world.

Review Date: July 19, 2011

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National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention maximizes public health and safety nationally and internationally through the elimination, prevention, and control of disease, disability, and death caused by HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB. Center staff work in collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental partners at community, State, national, and international levels, applying well-integrated multidisciplinary programs of research, surveillance, technical assistance, and evaluation.

Review Date: August 10, 2011

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Advocates For Youth

Advocates for Youth, formerly The Center for Population Options (CPO) is a national organization that focuses on adolescents as the critical group to reach with information on reproductive health and family planning options. Advocates works to increase the opportunities for and abilities of youth to make healthy decisions about sexuality. It runs a number of projects toward its ends: Media Projects; International programs; HIV prevention education programs; condom availability clearinghouse; adolescent pregnancy prevention clearinghouse; school-based health centers; and support centers. Advocates for Youth also operates the International Clearinghouse on Adolescent Fertility, which disseminates information in English, Spanish, and French on adolescent fertility and childbearing worldwide. Finally, the Advocates' Public Education and Resource Center contains a unique collection of over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles and monographs relating to adolescent reproductive and sexual health. Advocates for Youth is supported by grants and contributions from corporations, institutions, and individuals.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists

The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), founded in 1967, is a nonprofit, professional association dedicated to training, education, and research in the field of sex education. AASECT certifies Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and cosponsors programs with educational, health, and social institutions. AASECT also sponsors workshops and seminars on such topics as advanced sex education skills and advanced sex therapy skills, in addition to its annual conferences.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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National Vulvodynia Association

The National Vulvodynia Association (NVA), a non-profit organization founded in 1994, educates the patient and medical communities about vulvodynia, a chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. NVA provides lists of medical professionals, funds research on causes and treatment, and lobbies for federal research funding.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a voluntary family planning and reproductive health organization. This Federation of 128 organizations operates 875 family planning clinics that provide contraceptive services, gynecological services, infertility therapy, pregnancy testing and counseling, prenatal services, sexually transmitted disease diagnosis, abortions, and sterilization services. Educational efforts are directed at specific problems such as unwanted pregnancies among adolescents. Planned Parenthood sponsors research to develop safe and effective contraceptives and to better understand human reproduction.

Review Date: July 14, 2008

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Sexaholics Anonymous

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem. SA is not a sex or group therapy and offers no treatment -- it is a program of recovery for those who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behavior. SA's support group philosophy is taken directly from the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) is a national, private, nonprofit advocacy organization which affirms that sexuality is a natural part of living. Incorporated in 1964, SEICUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. The SIECUS Mary S. Calderone Library (non-circulating) includes over 5,000 books, 750 curricula, 200 periodicals, assorted pamphlets, and vertical files from 1964.

Review Date: July 15, 2008

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