Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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November 30, 2015

Image credit: National AIDS Trust on Instagram

December 1st is World AIDS Day, a time “to recommit ourselves to achieving an AIDS-free generation,” in the words of Douglas M. Brooks, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. Tens of millions of people around the world are currently living with HIV. More than a million of them live in the United States.

Unfortunately there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation about what living with HIV means, so health care provider Meera Shah wrote an article for Bedsider busting 5 of the most common myths she’s heard. And in other Bedsider news, here are a few of our latest articles:

Depo SubQ: The do-it-yourself birth control shot. Most people know about Depo-Provera, the birth control shot people go to their health care provider to get every three months. But what if you were able to give the shot to yourself at home? This option exists. It’s called subcutaneous Depo, or SubQ Depo for short.

What you need to know about UTIs. Guest contributor Lindsey Ellefson tackled an important topic that too many people learn about the hard way—urinary tract infections. This article includes information about how to detect, treat, and prevent UTIs.

Pregnancy by packaging error? 3 tips for spotting a faulty pill pack. In the wake of disturbing news about more than 100 women getting pregnant due to a birth control pill packaging error, we put together a list of tips to help identify packaging problems.

Want to get involved in World AIDS Day tomorrow? Here are a few suggestions from

Authored by: Liz Sabatiuk

Liz Sabatiuk is Senior Manager of Digital Media at The National Campaign. She’s responsible for developing and managing content for The National Campaign’s award winning website,—a birth control support network for 18- to 29-year-olds. Liz works closely with consultants, content creators, and partners to produce engaging, medically accurate content that represents and extends the Bedsider brand. This includes everything from Bedsider feature articles to tumblr posts to the Guy’s Guide to Birth Control.


Liz began working at The National Campaign in 2008 for the Latino Initiative and co-authored the report Toward a Common Future: Latino Teens and Adults Speak Out About Teen Pregnancy. She earned a BA in English Literature from Goucher College and is currently working toward an MA in Communication, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University.

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November 24, 2015
Authored by: Carlos Pinto

Carlos Pinto is the Media and Project Manager for The National Campaign’s Latino Initiative. Carlos possesses over decade of experience specializing in collaborating with Latino media, gatekeepers, and community-based organizations. At the Campaign, he is responsible for creating and developing culturally adapted teen pregnancy prevention messages and collaborating with Latino-targeted media and entertainment networks to ensure these messages reach the Latino community.

Since joining The National Campaign in 2009, Carlos has also managed a project targeting Latino-faith leaders through which he helped develop Countering the Silence, a bilingual teen pregnancy prevention toolkit that incorporates Campaign data and research and includes over a dozen bible studies and activities and ideas on how faith leaders can openly discuss topics such as sex, dating, and relationships with teens and parents from a religious perspective.

Additionally, Carlos has helped create several Campaign videos including Demasiado Joven (Too Young), a short film that explores teen pregnancy in the Latino community and Life As We Know It, a short film and series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Latino teens discussing their views about teen pregnancy.

Carlos is a graduate from Rollins College, lives in Washington, DC and in his free time enjoys collecting records, cycling, and traveling.

Last week, The New York Times published an article highlighting Fathers Raising Responsible Men, a teen pregnancy prevention program in NYC aimed at encouraging fathers and their teenage sons to discuss the dangers and consequences of unprotected sex. The developer of the program, Vincent Guilamo-...
Latino Initiative, Men, Parents, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
November 20, 2015
Authored by: Elizabeth Anne Hill

Elizabeth Anne Hill is the Director of Marketing at The National Campaign. She focuses on the and brands where she manages multi-channel marketing efforts in both traditional and digital media spaces. She also supports the Campaign’s key programs and initiatives.

Elizabeth Anne cut her teeth in marketing at the National Football League where she did market research and brand management. After a brief stint teaching English overseas, she came back to a marketing function at Racing UK, a subscription television channel in the British horseracing industry. From there, she moved to Las Vegas where she managed licensing, sponsorship, and brand marketing for the World Series of Poker and then became the Director of Marketing for Caesars Interactive Entertainment. In this role, she helped launch three of the company’s online real money gaming products in the U.S.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Rotterdam School of Business (MBA), Elizabeth Anne now lives in Potomac, MD with her husband, two children, and two rescue mutts.

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, it's the time of year to reflect and be thankful for the many wonderful people who touch our lives. As an employee of The National Campaign, I have been fortunate throughout the past year to attend conferences and exhibitions with an array of...
Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy
November 16, 2015
Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Senior Director of Public Policy at The National Campaign. She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as its growing initiative with community colleges. During her time at the Campaign, she has also had responsibility for partnerships with a wide range of national, state and local organizations and helped launch The National Campaign’s work with youth in foster care and with Latino communities.

From 2001 through 2008, she was also affiliated with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families in various capacities. Before joining The National Campaign in 2001, Andrea served at the White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton. She has also worked at the National Governors’ Association, and at the state and local level in California, Texas, and Virginia.

She studied Government at Smith College, received a BA from Cornell University and an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

With all the talk about budget deals, continuing resolution (CR), and appropriations, things can get confusing for folks trying to figure out the status of funding for the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP).  So, just to be perfectly clear, funding to continue this gold-...
Federal Funding, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy