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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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Health Equity? Still Waiting But On the Right Track

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.

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“Got STD Testing?:” Meeting the STD and HIV Testing Needs of Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)

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.

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Syphilis Screening: Missing the Forest for the Trees

A public relations debacle for a new class of syphilis tests is unwarranted, and really just a case of bad spin.

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Roundup: STIs and HIV Continue to Wreak Havoc While the United States Congress Prepares to Battle…What? Abortion

Despite some progress in reducing the incidence of gonorrhea in the United States, spyhillis and chlamydia continue to rise; women and girls make up an ever-increasing share of all those infected with HIV worldwide, and despite promises re: jobs! jobs! jobs! the Tea Party and conservative Republicans are gearing up to pat down your uterus daily.

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2009 STD Data in the United States: Not a Pretty Picture

New data suggest mixed progress and ongoing challenges in the United States when it comes to the three most commonly reported STDs: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis.

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STDs in the U.S.: More Disease, Fewer Resources

We need to educate the American public that this “silent epidemic” – as STDs are frequently called – is real, in our midst, and we need to prioritize them as part of the national focus on prevention.

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