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White House: ‘Critical’ to Handle Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

As RH Reality Check reported last year, the CDC has called neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, an “urgent threat.” Between 1940 and 2007, this bacteria became resistant to whole classes of drugs

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a looming public health crisis. Last week, the White House simultaneously released a national strategy, a report, and an executive order from the president that takes aim at this issue.

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This Week in Sex: Prostate Cancer Sexually Transmitted? And State STI Rankings

Harvey Milk, circa 1978.

This week, a new study presents evidence that the parasite that causes trich might lead to prostate cancer, a new list shows the best and worst states for STIs, a Gallup poll shows the most support ever for same-sex marriage, and gay rights activist Harvey Milk is honored with a stamp.

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This Week in Sex: Gadgets and Apps, Oh My

This week, one app is blamed for a syphilis outbreak, while another wants you to practice cunnilingus by licking your phone.

This week, one app is blamed for a syphilis outbreak, while another wants you to practice cunnilingus by licking your phone.

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Report: Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Increased in 2012

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise in 2012, according to the CDC.

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.

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When It Comes to STDs and Relationships, Skip the Website and Talk to Each Other

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.

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.

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Porn Actor Jailed for Spreading Syphilis

Jesse Spencer, aka "Mr. Marcus."

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.

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Sexual Health Roundup: The Sexual Power of Penicillin, the Importance of the First Time, and Testosterone Release

(NG Pharmaceutical)

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. 

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Sexual Health Roundup: California Teens Spared Harmful Therapy, Syphilis Spikes in Houston, NY Men Like Big Condoms

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. 

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Kaiser Permanente: Dropping the Ball on Gay Men’s Sexual Health

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.

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The Persistence of Syphilis and Issues of Health Equity in America

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. 

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