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Sexual addiction defined (SASH)

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health is a nonprofit multidisciplinary organization dedicated to scholarship, training, and resources for promoting sexual health and overcoming problematic sexual behaviors. Site defines sexual addiction. Topics include cybersex, internet pornography and compulsive sexual behaviors

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections Editor's Pick

The American Social Health Association presents information on sensitive subjects: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Easy-to-read information on Herpes, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID); flash animation on how to use a condom. ASHA is a respected non-profit organization

Teen Birth Rate, 2017 (final)

National Center for Health Statistics data brief on births in 2017, showing births to teen mothers (which has fallen dramatically from 2010), and unmarried women. Birth rates to unmarried women ages 30 and up, have increased substantially. Cesarean section births were 32% of the total. All age groups, states, and ethnic categories reported in CDC’s National Vital Statistics (Births: Final Data for 2017) report, 50 pages, November 2018

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California – 2018-19 HMO, PPO, & Medical Group Ratings Report Card Editor's Pick

Two Kaiser Permanente HMO Plans received the highest ratings. The lowest rating went to Aetna Health of California HMO. Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp Health Plan, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 6 of the largest PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net Life Insurance Company, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system (5 stars = excellent; 4 stars = very good; 3 stars = good, 2 stars = fair; 1 star = poor) used for overall rating. Actual performance scores are not given, but may be available through NCQA. Quality measures (based on HEDIS scores) for asthma, cancer screening, child health, chlamydia screening, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and other expected care. Member satisfaction stars also shown. Complaint rates reported for health plans in a separate report. Nearly 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. For example, nearly 60 different Kaiser Permanente medical groups are included; Sutter, Scripps, Sharp and many more.  Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), published November 2018.

Consumer Guide to Prevention – USPSTF Recommendations Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for more than 100 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, depression, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2019. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Updated 2019

Maryland HMO & Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017

Compare Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, CFMI & GHMSI; Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, KPIC, MAMSI, MD-IPA, Optimum Choice and United Healthcare on member satisfaction (CAHPS), getting appointments, flu shots, and many clinical measures of care such as Diabetes, breast cancer screening, behavioral health, well child care. Check both Consumer Ratings & Clinical Ratings. Other Medicaid HealthChoice plans (Amerigroup, JAI, Maryland Physicians Care, Medstar, Priority Partners, University of MD Health Partners) are listed separately. 2017 Performance Report by Maryland Health Care Commission uses 2016 data

Men’s Health Issues (MedlinePlus)

Includes topics: screenings for men and actions to prevent illness, sexual health, erectile dysfunction, testosterone tests, belly fat, prostate cancer, colon cancer in men, mental health, screening tests

Prevention Priorities

Rankings of preventive services and scoring each for cost effectiveness. HealthPartners Institute, working with the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP), sponsors this information.

SAA (Sex Addicts Anonymous) Meetings by State/City

Find a meeting and support group for those who want to recover from compulsive sexual behavior. Uses the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Sex Addicts Anymous (SAA). Meetings often held at hospitals, churches or community centers. Worldwide list

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