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National Survey on Public Perceptions about Contraception

A national random-sample telephone survey conducted between January 19-21, 1996 on Americans perceptions of the risks and benefits associated with oral contraceptives, or The Pill. The survey finds that many American men and women have at least some concerns about the safety of oral contraceptives. These findings were presented at…

Improving the Use of Contraceptives: The Challenge Continues

Researchers, clinicians, and policymakers examine the challenge of improving contraceptive use in the United States through a look at patient-provider relationships, currently available methods of contraception, the needs of special populations, and promising intervention and communication strategies. This article was part of those published as a special supplement to Obstetrics…

The Healthcare Experiences of Women with HIV/AIDS – Insights from Focus Groups

The Healthcare Experiences of Women with HIV/AIDS: Insights from Focus GroupsThis report summarizes findings from a series of focus groups with women living with HIV/AIDS. Focus group participants describe their first-hand experience with the health care system, including issues of to financing and coverage, relationships with providers, the role of…

Abortion in the U.S.

This fact sheet reviews abortion in the U.S. About half (49%) of the approximately 5.4 million pregnancies occurring in the United States each year are unintended. Fifty-four percent (54%), or approximately 1.4 million, of these unintended pregnancies ended in abortion in 1996. While abortion remains one of the most common…

Talking about STDs with Health Professionals: Women’s Experiences – Report

Talking About STDs with Health Professionals Women's Experiences More than 12 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) other than HIV/AIDS, including three million among teenagers alone, occur every year. At current rates, at least one person in four will contract an STD at some point in his or…

Third National Survey of Women’s Health Care Providers on Reproductive Health

Third National Survey of Women’s Health Care Providers on Reproductive Health This national survey of women’s health care providers on reproductive health includes data on prescribing practices and discussion of contraceptive counseling, as well as demographic information. Survey Snapshot: Women’s Health Care Providers Experiences with Emergency Contraception Toplines: National Survey…

Sex Education in America:  A View from Inside the Nation’s Classrooms

A series of new national surveys of students and their parents (1501 pairs), teachers (1001), and principals (313) from the Kaiser Family Foundation on Sex Education in America, was released on Tuesday, September, 26th, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Challenging the convention that Americans are reluctant to…

Medicaid Support for Family Planning in the Managed Care Era

As the largest source of public funding for contraceptive care in the United States, Medicaid plays a crucial role in financing family planning services and supplies for millions of low-income women across the nation. In the past 15 years, managed care has become the primary way of delivering care to…

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