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.
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.
In a rare move, a porn actor was jailed for spreading syphilis to his co-stars. His attorney argues that he is the victim of political posturing.
In this week’s sexual health roundup: A pill may have led to the sexual revolution, but it was penicillin – not birth control; new research says the first time a person has sex really is important; and testosterone release is immediate upon mutual attraction.
California Gov. Jerry Brown calls reparative therapy quackery as he signs a law banning the practice of changing teens’ sexual orientation; syphilis rates spike in Houston; and Big-Apple guys choose big condoms.
Kaiser Permanente makes it incredibly challenging for gay men to get the STD tests they need, hurdles that help fuel the spread of STIs in our community – including HIV. This is especially troubling at a time when new antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea have emerged.
On the horizon is a greater integration of services and population level outcomes with health rather than individual disease case numbers as the sole measure of success or failure. And syphilis reminds us of why this is so utterly necessary.
As an African-American female who has worked in public health for 20 years I am a little exhausted of the slow progress that the United States has made concerning health equity for minority populations.
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 public relations debacle for a new class of syphilis tests is unwarranted, and really just a case of bad spin.