Health of the Public

AAFP Calls for Careful Study of Medical Marijuana Use, Gun Violence

New Clinical Policies Include Thumbs-Up on OTC Contraception

October 01, 2014 08:59 am — In new clinical policy, the AAFP says decisions about medical marijuana use should be based on rigorous research. The Academy also has come out in support of OTC access to oral contraception. Regarding firearms safety, the AAFP is calling for more study of gun violence as a public health issue and urges strong enforcement of existing statutes intended to prevent gun violence.

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09/29/2014 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP have issued recommendations calling for intensive behavioral counseling about sexually transmitted infections for all sexually active adolescents and for adults who are at increased risk, as well as screening for both chlamydial infection and gonorrhea in sexually active women age 24 or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection.

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