This special Valentine’s Day edition of the Sexual Health Round Up looks at the increasing number of pubic hair grooming accidents that land people in the ER, the myth about how many calories sex burns, and the possibility of a ride in a condom cab.
In this week’s sexual health round up: we have hit an expected but dreaded milestone with the first document cases of cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea in North America; a major porn producer sues the city of Los Angeles to stop the enforcement of an on-set condom requirement; and study shows that an age-old herb might work just as well as modern prescription drugs for erectile issues.
Twenty-two Philadelphia schools installed condom dispensers as part of a city-wide effort to reduce STDs; a new at-home HIV test hit drug store shelves but some worry if this is the best way for individuals to find out their status; and a new study suggests that public health efforts may be leaving some men unprotected.
In this week’s sexual health round-up: research found that friends-with-benefits are more likely to use condoms than those in romantic relationships but since they’re also more likely to have multiple partners this might not have a positive impact on their sexual health; other research tested the theory that porn stars are “damaged goods” and the results may be surprising, and when you think Ivy League think kinky sex as Harvard gets a new club.
A study finds that the HPV vaccine doesn’t lead to more sex; another confirms that women who stop using condoms when they start hormonal birth control and don’t go back to condoms if they stop hormonal methods.
Public-health experts are using social media to help teenagers prevent STDs. A new study finds that Facebook “communities” can be effective in promoting condom use among young people.
The vast majority of the teen pregnancies in New York City were unintended and rates of STIs among teens are high. Planned Parenthood NY is launching a campaign to ensure teens have accurate information regarding sex and sexuality.
Medical advances, improved access to care, prevention initiatives, and revived determination are all good signs, but as a global culture, we will need to shift our perspective to stop the spread of HIV.
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.
When it comes to contraception, the United States could be viewed as the land of lunacy. The facts and figures from that country demonstrate the power of contraception to change a society.