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CDC Shifts Language From ‘Unprotected Sex’ To ‘Condomless Sex’

“…In January, the CDC announced on a call with more than 80 advocates that it would indeed change the decades-old language. Now, instead of referring to ‘unprotected sex’ to mean sex without a condom, the CDC will refer simply refer to it as ‘condomless sex,'” RH Reality Check reports. “…The advocates’ argument hinges on the fact that there are now multiple ways to have safer sex when the goal is preventing HIV transmission. Condoms obviously still play an important role, but there are other ways individuals can protect themselves as well. … How this language change will play out in the long term is not yet known. … It is also not clear how the rest of the public health community, specifically those who focus on other STDs, will react to the change or how likely they will be to adopt it, as the new prevention methods it is designed to include apply only to HIV…” (Kempner, 2/24).

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