The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released sexually transmitted disease surveillance data for 2012, and the news is not good: Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise.
This week, another shutdown in the adult film industry, a campaign in the UK suggests nobody wants chlamydia for Christmas, actress Geena Davis asks us to note the alarming lack of female characters in G-rated family moves, and carols to promote sex-positive health and wellness.
A new website asks members to sign up for frequent STD testing and lets them share their results with other members confidentially. Encouraging STD testing is a good thing, but the site has major flaws. And when it comes to STDs, I can’t help but wonder if we would do best to leave the digital world in our pocket and just talk.
This week, a new study showed a possible reason for the link between chlamydia and cervical cancer, UNAIDS found that seven African countries have reduced new HIV infection rates in children, and a Disney Channel show is set to feature a pre-schooler with two moms.
This week, Boston College gets support for its decision to halt student condom distribution, Nebraska tries to pass an expedited partner treatment law, and the bacon condom arrives just in time for April Fool’s Day (but it’s not a joke).
A look at how chlamydia rates are up, especially in women, how Chicago Public Schools may start sex education in kindergarten, and why “not tonight, honey, I have a headache” may not be a wise excuse for some.
The CDC surveillance numbers for 2011 show that gonorrhea and chlamydia are up especially among young people and that three-quarters of all syphilis cases are among men who have sex with men; an analysis of STIs in New York City finds they are inextricably linked to poverty, and research suggests dormant HPV may reactivate as women near menopause.
This week: Too few young women get tested for Chlamydia, circumcised men have lower rates of prostate cancer, new guidelines recommend less frequent Pap tests, and young people in the South fare worse than their peers when it comes to sexual health.
STD Awareness Month (SAM) is important because of the potential harm of untreated STDs, including adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, cancers of the reproductive tract, and increased likelihood of HIV transmission.
Hispanic women are 15 times more likely and Black women three more times likely than white women to be tested for Chlamydia. Dare I say racial differences in STI testing is due to doctors’ racial prejudices about the sexual behaviors of Women of Color?