Frisky readers, you know I would never steer you wrong where adorable animals are concerned. And that’s why I’m telling you to hop the first plane the Australia and find a koala to hug. Snuggle the shit out of that koala. It might be the last chance you ever get. We knew the koala population had been chopped nearly in half by the STD chlamydia, but the marsupials are also suffering from koala retrovirus, KoRV, an “AIDs-like virus” that decimates their immune system. In some areas of Australia, koalas are more badly infected than other areas, but a University of Queensland study last year suspected that “ultimately” all koala bears will have chlamydia. Together the chlamydia and KoRV mean koalas on the path to extinction. Scientists are working hard — overtime, one hopes — to map the koala genome and ascertain how best to protect the little guys. In the mean time, you should go snuggle a koala while you still can … and both of the Hemworth brothers, if you can shake it. [Guardian UK] [Photo of a koala from Shutterstock]
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 tough-ass koala that survived predators, life in the wild, and even the terrible brush fires that devastated 2,000 homes and killed hundreds of Australians, couldn’t beat chlamydia. Samantha, the four-year-old eucalyptus-loving koala, sadly passed away today from the STD. After surviving the traumatic blaze, Sam became a symbol of hope for the country that suffered so much loss when a firefighter rescued her burned body live on television. Keep reading »
Want a new iPod? Or a Wii? Or a Fujitsu laptop? Get tested for STDs! In a new attempt to get England’s sexually rampant youth out of the bedroom and into a clinic, Britain’s National Health Service is entering folks who get tested in raffles for expensive high-tech toys and even weekend getaways. Why? Because there’s been a serious chlamydia outbreak there lately, and the disease is now the number one STD in the country. The NHS is dipping into taxpayer’s money, practically bribing folks to get tested. [Daily Mail]
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I picked it up from a girl one drunken, unprotected night at the New Jersey Shore (figures) over Labor Day weekend. Symptoms appeared, on schedule, the morning of the fourth day. While there wasn’t any discharge, urinating was excruciatingly painful — like no other pain I have felt before or since. It was so painful that I stupidly refrained from urinating for about 24 hours. At that point the pain from my swollen bladder began overwhelming the pain I would felt while urinating, so I starting going in little spurts. That was taking too long, so I decided to try to numb my penis by placing it in a bowl of ice water. Again, dumb idea. Not only was that separately excruciating, it did nothing to ease the pain of my inflamed urethra. Keep reading »