Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.
Most states have rescinded their requirements that brides and grooms be tested for STDs, but one Oklahoma lawmaker would like to reverse this trend.
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, filming stops yet again as two more porn stars test positive for HIV, researchers find that men with smaller testicles are more-involved dads, and it turns out that estrogen may play a bigger role in male libido than testosterone.
Just a few days after a judge ruled Los Angeles’ on-set condom requirement constitutional, the industry had to deal with the news that one of its actresses tested positive for HIV.
A new study suggests that smoking can cut the lives of HIV-positive patients by over 10 years; a new app wants to reassure you that the cute guy at the bar doesn’t have an STD; and research shows that women who find their partner sexy feel best about him during ovulation.
It’s rare that my MSM patients know which STDs they ought to be screened for, and how often. Men who have sex with men don’t get screened often enough for diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.
A society that is willing to move beyond scary pictures is one that is willing to address stigma and health inequities and promote sexual health.
Planned Parenthood is just one of many programs facing cuts if the House continuing resolution is passed into law. But they’ve become a touchstone, because they stand for the battle over who in our country will be considered a full human being.