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The Latest On Zika: More Sexually Transmitted Cases Of Zika Virus

Anna Almendrala - Huffington Post

The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with the birth defect have smaller heads and sometimes brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.   

Zika is currently spreading through Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the high volume of news about the virus, it's tough to stay up-to-date. 

Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs Reopens

Tom Roeder - The Gazette

With exterior walls still carrying the bullet scars of a Nov. 27 shooting that killed three, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic reopened for business on Monday.

Leaders say the clinic has a full docket of appointments this week for services including abortions, which accused shooter Robert Lewis Dear has said motivated his rampage.

"We are opening today with our eyes to the future," said Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains.

Cancer Centers Urge Increase in HPV Vaccinations

By Stacy Simon - American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is supporting a call-to-action from dozens of National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers across the US urging action to increase vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV vaccines protect against high-risk types of the virus that cause most cervical cancers. The virus is also linked to cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and throat.

Pharmacists Prescribing Birth Control And What It Means For Wider Access To The Pill

California and Oregon have passed laws allowing women to bypass their doctors and get birth control prescribed by a pharmacist. Many doctors say this is safe, but others argue that these measures don’t go far enough in ensuring women have access to these contraceptives and would prefer birth control pills be offered over the counter.

KHN’s Julie Rovner appeared on The Diane Rehm Show Monday to discuss the issue.