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Study: You Probably Have Herpes

In its first ever global assessment of the prevalence of the herpes virus that causes cold sores, the World Health Organization reports in the journal PLoS ONE that two in three humans under the age of 50 are infected with the incurable virus. That’s an estimated 3.7 billion people. The WHO had previously done the same… More »


If You Don’t Want An STD, Don’t Move To These Cities

If unrolling a Trojan isn’t part of your regular lifestyle, this terrifying new CDC report on sexually transmitted infections will tell you which cities you should stay far away from if you don’t want your genitals to fall right off. (Memphis. The answer to that question is Memphis.)

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NYC Politician Announces On Twitter That She Has “High Risk HPV”

Melissa Mark-Viverito made an unusual admission for a politician on Sunday night: New York City’s City Council Speaker announced to her followers on Twitter that she has high risk HPV.

Mark-Viverito shared how the common STI she has can potentially lead to cervical cancer and that she is having a biopsy on Tuesday. She… More »


Don’t Panic! 6 Other Things It Might Be (Besides An STI)

The condom broke or –shame on you! — you didn’t use a condom and something is itchy/burning/funky down there. We’re not judging you. What’s done is done. There’s no use in freaking yourself out to the point of a nervous breakdown. There’s no to spend hours on the web Googling “red bumps” and “discharge.” Don’t… More »


Guy Talk: Enough With The Unprotected Sex Already!

I’m about one more “and then he came inside me” away from blowing my brains out.

I’m a sex enthusiast, perhaps even a connoisseur on the matter. I peruse publications about sex, participate in deep conversations on the act, and occasionally even engage in the monstrous business. But for fuck’s sake, if I… More »


North Carolina Pols Actually Thought Requiring Parental Consent For STD Testing Was A Good Idea

Thank God somebody in North Carolina’s state legislature has some sense: the Health and Human Services Committee has pulled a bill that would require teens get parental consent for STD testing and treatment, as well as other healthcare. The Republican-controlled committee had advanced the bill on Tuesday, to an explosion of WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? More »


Just Kidding! That Sex Superbug Is Not About To Sweep Our Genitals

That potentially deadlier than AIDS sex superbug that you were up all night worrying about was so not worth losing any sleep over. Well, at least not this week. According to Dr. Kimberly Workowski, a professor of infectious disease, “The sky is not falling — yet.” Don’t worry, you fatalists, the sky will fall eventually,… More »


Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

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… More »


This Sex Degrees Of Separation Calculator Will Ruin Your Day

This handy Sex Degrees of Separation calculator will provide you with an estimate of how many indirect sexual partners you’ve had. Just in case you’re not already terrified enough of STIs, this should help. I don’t need any help with that, but thanks anyway. I saw “Kids” in 1995. This is a moment when it… More »


What’s The Point In Suing Someone Over An STD?

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… More »


4 (Other) Reasons Not To Hook Up At The Holiday Party

Just in time to shit on holiday hookup season, The Sun has a feature about the young, hot and hip, dressed in their Christmas best, who have a “dark secret.” “Although they look fresh and fabulous, each one of them [has had] a sexually transmitted infection,” the piece warns.

Womp womp. Just in… More »


Today In WTF: Toddler Exposed To Gonorrhea By Sucking On A Used Condom At A Playground

It happened in Florida. A toddler sucked on a used condom on a playground and may have gonorrhea, or even HIV, because of it. I’m not even going to make a Florida joke right now because this story is so thoroughly disturbing.

Teisha Sanders has filed a lawsuit against the Jacksonville Urban League,… More »


Florence Henderson Got Crabs From The Then Mayor Of New York

“I was lonely. I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it. Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata. He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship.” More »


Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, The STD Version

It’s not easy to create a sex ed campaign that’s fun to watch, but this interactive video out of the U.K. called “Condom, No Condom?” is sort of like “Skins” crossed with those Choose Your Own Adventure books. Make a wrong move, get genital warts and see for yourself. [Televisual] … More »


You’ve Got An STD, Bro? That’s So Cool!

Possibly ruining my appreciation for the noble Swedes and their fine IKEA meatballs, a recent study has found that Swedish men with STDs think their infection is an affirmation of their manliness.

University of Skovde researcher Kina Hammarlund interviewed an unknown group of 16- to 30-year-old men and women for her dissertation and… More »