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STDs Rising: NYC's Epidemic of Neglect

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.21.2015 | New York
Matthew Ebert

In 2010, New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) quietly cut the most important and effective tool we have to end the AIDS epidemic --namely, HIV testing.

Living With An STD And The Shame Game

Richard Cordova | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard Cordova

Making an effort to learn from a past choice (and its consequences) is healthier and more productive than wasting your time berating yourself (or anyone else) for something that happened in the past.

Giant Penis Sprays Confetti For Safe Sex .. Come Again?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Weird News

When a man in a giant penis costume ejaculates confetti on people, you pay attention. But are you thinking about practicing safe sex? That's the...

This Glowing Condom Changes Color If You Have An STD

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.24.2015 | Weird News

Glow yellow for herpes? A group of British teenage boys have presented an idea for a condom that changes color based on whether its wearer has an STD....

Sex on Demand: What's it Worth?

Richard Cordova | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard Cordova

With the advent of location based hookup and dating apps such as Tinder and Scruff, looking for love - whether for life or for the night, has never been easier. But, easier has its consequences.

Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tinder

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps...

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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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,