Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms. Yes, condoms.
Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, “Consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV transmission.” If used correctly, rubbers can also prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Yet having pockets full of condoms could also lead to a potential prostitution arrest by law enforcement, or even be used as incriminating evidence by prosecutors in trial. If trafficking victims, sex workers, LGBTQ persons and others are targeted by law enforcement, what is the incentive to have safe sex? Keep reading »
Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood. The chosen grants heading to the chopping block? Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state’s sex ed.
According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which is why Planned Parenthood stepped in to do HIV/AIDS and STD/STI education in the state. A Republican health education teacher, and assistant football coach, Darrell Seward, told the Huffington Post over the phone:
“I would challenge any legislator or politician in the state of Arkansas or higher to set foot in my classroom and listen to the curriculum and walk out and say it’s a bad program. This program has been one of the most well-received programs that our students have ever been engaged in. I am a Republican, but this is one issue I feel very strongly about, because I see the benefit for our kids.”
So why take away these funds? Well because the bill’s sponsor doesn’t like any state funding to go to any organization that has anything to do with abortion or abortion referrals. Keep reading »
Here’s some unsettling news: Chlamydia and gonorrhea, both which can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women, are on the rise and both are more prevalent in women than men. According to the the 2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday, certain groups, including young people and gay and bisexual men are at the greatest risk. Read more…
A New York City woman is suing a “major Republican fundraiser” after he gave her herpes. What a catch! Not only did he give big bucks to Mitt Romney, but he refused to wear a condom or inform her he had an STD. The New York Daily News reports they dated for two years until she found out that he was allegedly cheating on her and knew that he had contracted the STD. Now this poor woman has herpes for the rest of her life. Keep reading »
A UK baker known as Miss Cakehead, famous for her anatomically correct treats and recently, the Human Meat Shop, has taken dessert to a macabre level with her limited edition line of STD cupcakes. The “treats” will be on sale for Halloween at the Eat Your Heart Out pop-up shop at London’s St. Batholomew’s Hospital Pathology Museum. Despite how revolting they look, Miss Cakehead claims that the STD cupcakes have been helping educate people about safe sex. “The STD cakes have really been quite powerful in teaching people something … We’ve had people say it’s the first time they have thought about the risks of getting a disease,” she said. She also makes cancer cookies, carbuncle bars and infected toenail treats.
Arrghhhh!! I’m sorry. I love cupcakes. I have so much respect for party chefs. I think I want to be one in my next life. (That, or a ballet dancer. )I love anatomy and pathology. And science! I love education about safe sex. But these things do not go together. I do not want to eat genital warts. I don’t care if they’re made of fondant. Also, what do STDs have to do with Halloween? Please explain. [Metro UK]
Oh, those demure ”Jersey Shore” kids! When MTV signed up Snooki, JWoww, The Situation, and the rest, it knew it had an explosive mix of sex, alcohol, and cheesiness, and the ratings proved this is what the people want (god help them)! But MTV isn’t stupid either. It knew this mix could get the cast into trouble — and I’m not talking about their many arrests. I’m talking about VD here, people. STDs. Sexually transmitted diseases. AIDS. Herpes. Gonorrhea. MTV didn’t care much if anyone got an STD, mind you. But it didn’t want to be held responsible for it. So apparently the cast had to sign a “VD waiver,” promising they wouldn’t sue the network in case any of the cast members got the fire down below. Read more…
I’m sure you read the title of this post and were confused. I was too. I knew that there was a chlamydia epidemic amongst the Australian koala population after hearing the story of Samantha who was killed by the STI a few years back. Samantha is not alone –stats say about 80 percent of the marsupials are infected. But the latest scare down under is the spreading of the infection to One Direction band members Liam Payne and Harry Styles. While on tour in Brisbane, the One Direction boys spent some time cuddling with three-year-old koala Kat. Although transmission from koala to humans is unlikely, a minority of the creatures have a strain of chlamydia that can be passed to other species. Apparently, no one mentioned this to them before they got intimate with Kat. “I’m genuinely scared. This is worrying. I’d have never picked the thing up if I’d known,” said Liam. You live and you learn. Never pick up a koala unless you know she’s clean. Better get tested boys. [The Sun UK]
Teen girls ages 15 to 19 who are vaccinated against HPV are not more likely to be sexually active, according to a survey in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Another positive finding is that sexually active girls who were vaccinated against HPV were also more likely to consistently use a condom than sexually active girls who were not. This data is directly counter to overreactive screeches from conservatives who claim that vaccinating teen girls will encourage them to have sex earlier. Hopefully this will shut them up for awhile (although I’m sure Rep. Michele Bachmann is eagerly awaiting a study to prove the HPV vaccine made a woman’s child mentally retarded as proof she’s not talking total BS). One might infer from this data that teenagers who have been exposed to the idea of protecting themselves against STDs — and, for younger teens, presumably have a parent or guardian’s support in keeping them protected — continue to make responsible sexual decisions. Who’d have thunk? [New York Times] Keep reading »