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Frisky PSA: Safe Sex Is Fun Sex!

Have you been tested lately? California health officials announced yesterday that an actress in the porn industry has been diagnosed with HIV––just another reminder to be safe when you’re having fun in bed. This is the first publicized case of HIV from the industry since 2004 (although the California health records show 22 HIV cases total since 2004). According to Steven Hirsch, an executive at Vivid Entertainment Group, the adult film industry has pumped out over 100,000 films since 2004 (whoa that’s an insane amount of porn), so having this few cases shows how successful the health practices have been in the business. While actors are required to be tested within 30 days of doing a shoot, and HIV cases have been very low, the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation reports that approximately 15 actors every week test positive for other infections. I will stop with the scary statistics about the icky infections and just provide you with a little PSA from your mother at The Frisky: use condoms, get tested and have safe fun! [Fox News] Keep reading »

National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today, March 10, is National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. In 1990, women only made up 11 percent of new AIDS cases, but by 2005, that number had more than doubled to 26 percent. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for black women ages 25-to-34. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact, so it’s imperative that women and adolescent girls learn the HIV status of their male partners and get tested regularly. When a woman knows her HIV status, she can make informed decisions regarding childbearing and can take steps to prevent spreading the infection. Women who aren’t directly affected by HIV/AIDS tend to forget that there’s an epidemic, but this disease can affect anyone. Instead of turning a blind eye, take action by getting tested, practicing safe sex all the time, not engaging in risky behavior, discussing HIV prevention with others (especially grandparents), and supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. [HIV/AIDS Awareness Days] Keep reading »

Popping Pills Instead Of Wrapping Up

Here’s a story: Johnnie was so tired of using condoms because they were a buzz kill and felt unnatural to him. He was planning a weekend of debauchery and had heard of an alternative to wearing condoms called PrEP that would hopefully protect him from contracting HIV. He knew he could purchase the drug from a dealer at his favorite gay club. Once he decided on his plan, Johnnie only focused on the pleasure the weekend would surely bring. But he was taking a big risk by choosing PrEP over using condoms. Find out more after the jump… Keep reading »

“Philadelphia” Extra Still Living With HIV After 19 Years

In 1993, 15 years ago, the movie “Philadelphia” was released. Director Jonathan Demme wanted the film, which was the first big production to deal with AIDS, to reflect reality, so he cast dozens of people with HIV/AIDS in the movie, mainly as extras. Sadly, most of these extras died within a year of the movie’s release, but there is at least one who is still alive. Sue Kehler, 44, found out 19 years ago that she was infected with HIV. Amazingly, Kehler doesn’t look sick and has never gotten AIDS, meaning her body’s T-cell count has never dropped below 200, so it’s possible she’ll live to be an old woman. [Philadelphia Inquirer] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: No Sex In Space Movie & Male Birds’ Singing

  • Virgin Galactic, the company planning on taking wealthy tourists to the edge of the atmosphere, has turned down a $1 million-offer for a sex-in-spacce movie. [Fox news]
  • The Indian Health Minister wants to legalize homosexuality, which is currently a crime with the punishment of life in prison, so that they can focus on fighting HIV/AIDS. [Medical News Today]
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    Daily Squeeze: HIV Rates, Teen Choice Awards, Jodie Sweetin

  • Gossip Girl and the Jonas Brothers each received six surfboard trophies at Sunday’s Tenth Annual Teen Choice Awards. [Washington Post]
  • According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released on Saturday, the United States has significantly underreported the number of new H.I.V. infections occurring nationally each year. The annual infection rate is 40 percent higher than previously estimated. [New York Times]
  • Full House’s Jodie Sweetin is in talks to star in a reality show. [People]
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