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The Too-Well-Kept Secret to Preventing STDs

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Women with recurrences of chlamydia are at increased risk of potentially heartbreaking consequences, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Fortunately, doctors have a powerful strategy to prevent reinfection -- but we're not yet making the most of it.

Why Sex Ed Is a Matter of Public Health

Dr. Gloria Brame | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Dr. Gloria Brame

We don't need studies to tell us that people who don't understand how to prevent pregnancy end up either as underage parents or abortion statistics. The key to reducing the need for abortions is reducing the number of pregnancies.

5 Reasons to Get Yourself Tested for STDs

Joan Malin | Posted 04.04.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

Everyone deserves a sex life that is safe and healthy. Many sexually active young people may not realize that getting tested is part of basic preventive health care and can actually help improve their sex lives. Here are five things that young people should know about getting tested and STDs:

The Freedom and Pathology of Risky Sex

Matthew Terrell | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I see the need for raw sex as a manifestation of the self-hatred many gay men have. We are emotionally stunted as men and stigmatized as homos, and it is hard to love ourselves; so instead we do things that harm ourselves.

Stepping out of the Shadows, Together for Women and Girls

Tina Tchen | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Tina Tchen

Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Startup 'Simply Aware' Aims to Improve Public Health With At-Home STD Testing

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Unlike standard testing services that can be inconvenient and intrusive, Simply Aware is a testing service that provides access to certified lab testing in the comfort and privacy of the customers' own home.

A Herpes Vaccine May Be In Sight

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living

One in five Americans suffer silently from genital herpes, according to immunologist Dr. William Halford, an associate professor of microbiology at So...

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Test Everybody For Syphilis Before Marriage

The Huffington Post | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

If one Oklahoma lawmaker has his way, people with sexually transmitted diseases will not just be getting married in his state. Senate Bill 733, int...

50 Shades of... Relax Already!

Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw

Yes, there are real sex/violence issues to be concerned about and you don't have to look far to find them. But let's just leave 50 Shades where it belongs -- in fantasy-land.

Mississippi Burning: The Need for Comprehensive Sex Education

Jason Panda | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jason Panda

If Mississippi is committed to change -- instead of being content with leading the nation in gonorrhea and chlamydia -- it will begin to change its sexual education policy and learn how to properly engage educators like Sanford Johnson.

The Surprising Reasons Why Some Spouses Sue Each Other

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 03.08.2015 | Divorce
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

Still, for spouses -- both wives and husbands -- who find themselves in situations where the wrongs that led to a broken marriage have crossed the line into wrongs that require legal action, filing a tort claim is a powerful way to feel like justice has been served.

What Teens Don't Know Can Hurt Them (and Their Futures) -- Why STD Testing Is Critical

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

We all need to break the silence that surrounds STDs in our communities -- we should talk about STDs without shame or stigma and help young people understand STD screening is a routine, essential part of taking care of themselves and protecting their future health.

Why Gay Men Make Great Hosts

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

As gay men have become more liberated--open about their sexuality and interested in exploring the extents of its expression--they have become increasingly at risk for infection.

Stop Rushing To Put On Your Condoms

Reuters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Rushing to put on a condom may lead to problems that raise the risk of sexually transmitted in...

5 STDs You Should Worry About More Than Ebola

Em & Lo | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Next time you sleep with someone new, think about asking them to discuss their sexual history -- when they were last tested, what STDs they have had or still have, if they always use condoms, etc.

Talking To Teens About Sex: Don't Forget the STD Story

Suzanne Clores | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

It's not particularly hard to understand why. While most parents are happy to share stories about victories or conflicts they encountered as a child, many believe their sex life is private, and not storytelling material.

#ShareaCondom Campaign Proves (Safe) Sex Sells

Eva McEnrue & Mel Owens | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Eva McEnrue & Mel Owens

Educators, parents, and condom manufacturers have worked to make safe sex appealing to young people for decades with minimal success - until now. Shadowing Coke's marketing tactic, Poke's "#ShareaCondom" campaign is enjoying similar success while also preventing unplanned pregnancy and STDs.

Finally, A Scrotal Condom For The Common Man

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 10.02.2014 | Weird News

This might be the best form of birth control to hit the market yet -- because nobody will have sex with you if you wear it. The Scroguard is essent...

The Awkward Truth About Having 'The Talk'

Suzanne Clores | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

Conscious parenting may sound like it's all apple cider vinegar and handmade socks, but facing good news and bad news with grace and mindful action doesn't always feel natural. In fact, parenting can get particularly awkward when it comes to addressing children's sexual behavior,

African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Imani* was 32 when she contracted HIV. Having watched many of her sister-friends die as a result of the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle ag...

Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and the Battlefield of AIDS

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Once HIV was established as the cause of AIDS, a new designation emerged for those who remained unyielding on this issue of etiology: AIDS denialism.

Mobilizing to Reduce Hepatitis C in the Black Community: July 25 Is National African American Hepatitis C Action Day

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.21.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern for people of all races. To help increase Hepatitis C awareness, testing and access to treatment for individuals infected with the virus, we recognize National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD) on Friday, July 25.

Why Boomers Need A Refresher Course In Safe Sex

High50 | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
High50

Educational campaigns have been aimed at the young and as a result 20 and 30-somethings know the rules: condoms for casual sex and full sexual health checks when they move on to exclusive relationships. However, many over-50s feel uneasy about visiting sexual health clinics, despite the fact that they forget about using condoms, because contraception is no longer an issue.

Anna Almendrala

What You Need To Know Before You Meet Your Grindr Date

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living

Smartphone social apps like Grindr, Scruff and Recon are associated with a greater risk for STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia among gay and bisexual m...

This Futuristic Condom Covers Just The Tip

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 08.06.2014 | Technology

Have you ever wondered, "Wouldn't sex be better if my penis had a helmet?" Yeah, neither have we. But one inventor is pitching just that as a way to h...