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 »
See, this proves everything is better in France! American ads about STD prevention are, like, “Have unprotected sex and your penis will turn black and fall off.” France is at least kind enough to show us sexy Frenchies in their panties skipping through a field.
Watch out, mes amies. Those chlamydia, HIV, and gonorrhea viruses look nasty. [Ad Week] Keep reading »
Would you sign an employment contract that warned you of humiliation, exposure to STDs, physical violence, or death? Me neither. But that’s all in a day’s work for cast members of MTV’s “The Real World.” The Village Voice got its hands on a 30-page, unsigned contract for the lovable drunks on “The Real World” and let’s just say MTV lawyers have got their asses covered. Keep reading »
Did you need something new to worry about today? No problem, I can help you out with that. According to the C.D.C., a new strain of gonorrhea — aka “The Crap” — identified in a woman in Japan and two men in Norway, appears to be resistant to treatment. While no cases of the new gonorrhea “superbug” have been reported in the U.S., officials are concerned about the “very complex bacteria which has a pretty amazing ability to mutate and for people to develop resistances to antibiotics.” In fact, that crafty bug has already mutated three times since the 1940s. And not to get you worried or anything (well maybe just a little bit), but we are currently using the last known treatment for the STD. So what does that mean considering that more than 700,000 people in the U.S. contract the clap every year? Outlook not so good if supergonorrhea starts spreading. So yeah, you already knew this, but, um … SAFE SEX. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Another day, another story about abortion rights that will make you want to vomit. Yesterday, anti-abortion activist Live Action released an edited video of “sting operations” at Planned Parenthood, which show hired actors playing a pimp and an underage prostitutes. The footage, which was secretly taped throughout January, allegedly shows Planned Parenthood counseling a man who says he needs to speak privately about getting STD treatments for some young girls, some of whom are portrayed as illegal immigrants or as young as 14. In one of the videos, the Planned Parenthood employee seems to suggest the girl could lie about her age to get services. In total, actors claiming to be sex traffickers visited 12 clinics in Virginia, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Arizona and in all the cases, Planned Parenthood contacted the local authorities afterwards to warn about sex trafficking. Eventually, the organization caught on to the fact they were being hoaxed and penned a letter to the U.S. Attorney General on January 18 suggesting they were being had by an anti-abortion group. The FBI has now been asked to probe into the “sting” activities. Keep reading »
Imagine this: You’re a young, single woman out in the jungle that is the urban dating world. One fine night, you meet a good-looking guy at a holiday party. “Hello,” he says, as you push your way through the crowd toward the makeshift bar. “Do I know you?” you ask. “No, but I’d like to get you another drink,” he offers. You are charmed. “Of course — but be careful. They’re pouring heavy tonight,” you warn. He laughs. Before long, you and the young man are conversing while throwing back stiff vodka tonics. Soon, you are making out. Why not, right? He invites you home with him. You agree. You are pleasantly surprised when you arrive at his swanky, apartment, and it’s clean! Before long, you’re both naked. Then, he utters some alarming words. “Do you have a condom?” he asks. “Um … Not on me. Don’t you have one?” you ask. “Can we skip the condom? I prefer sex without a condom. I have great self-control,” he explains. Keep reading »