During his tenure as Surgeon General, Koop was not political. He was not ideological. And he was not quiet (like many of his predecessors had been). He saw his position as a platform to speak to the public, and he used it, surprising both the right and the left along the way.
As National Condom Month draws to a close, this week’s roundup focuses on condom availability and use: in New York, in high schools, and in colleges.
Not only are unintended pregnancy rates higher for some servicewomen—now we’re learning that across the military, the STI rate among women is seven times than that of the general population.
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.