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Washington, D.C. Offering Free STD Testing To All High School Students

Half of Washington, D.C.’s cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea are among adolescents, so it’s a good thing the city has expanded a pilot program that offers free STD testing to high school students.

Last year, when the program launched with STD testing offered in eight schools, about 3,000 students participated and 13 percent of them tested positive for an STD, mostly gonorrhea or chlamydia. This year, all high school students will have the opportunity to participate in the program. They will attend a lecture and Q&A session about STDs. Then 15 to 20 of them at a time will be given paper bags containing urine collection cups and will be sent into bathroom stalls. Once students are in the stalls, they will decide whether or not they want to provide a urine sample. They’ll then return the paper bags with the container inside, either filled or not, so others won’t know whether they’ve given a sample. Students will then be given a password to use when they call in a week later to find out the tests’ results and receive treatment, if necessary. Keep reading »

Get Tested For STDs And Win An iPod Or Wii!

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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Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: How Often Do You Get Tested?

It’s STD Awareness Month! We’ve been talking a lot about the icky stuff you can get while bumping uglies, while Dr. V has urged you to have as much fun as you want, so long as you wear a condom. In the past, we’ve talked to the guys on our IM about how often they actually use condoms, but we’ve never grilled them about how often they get tested for STDs. And what I really wanted to know was how often they were actually honest when a potential sex partner asked them that question. Let’s find out… Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: White Castle Weddings, STDs, And A Prime Minister’s Sex Life

  • Three couples were married in a Columbus, OH, White Castle on Valentine’s Day (BTW, Columbus is White Castle’s home city. Go Ohio!) Instead of throwing rice, a flower girl threw salt and pepper packets. We hope she threw the salt over her left shoulder for good luck. Also, there should be a movie, Harold and Kumar Get Married In White Castle. [Yahoo!]
  • Right after Valentine’s Day is a super popular time for people in Knox County, IL, to get tested for STDs. “The week after Valentine’s Day, we are swamped with STD testing,” said Laura Fullerton, the health department’s director of chronic disease and clinical services. “Any holiday is usually a good time to have sex, but Valentine’s Day is bad for STDs. We are busy after today.” We thought you were supposed to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone, not that un-special anyone you picked up at a bar. [The Register-Mail]
  • If you find yourself in possession of an STD, do your lucky partner a favor and send him an anonymous email telling him he better get tested or risk discomfort in the crotch area. [inSPOT]
  • The Prime Minister of Finland is suing his ex-girlfriend for about $70,000 in damages because she divulges details of their relationship in her book, The PM’s Bride, which was published days before the general election in Finland. (He still won.) Also, apparently he broke up with her via text message. [Daily Mail (U.K.)]
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