Incurable Gonorrhea Will Save the Institution of Marriage

You can't open an internet browser these days without hitting a loud opinion about how the decline of marriage — or, for less ambitious traditionalists, monogamy — is tearing society apart. Everything from hormonal contraception to gays have been blamed for the falling marriage rate in the US, and marriage proponents… »3/12/14 9:30pm3/12/14 9:30pm

Have the Clap? Washington Health Dept. Will Call Your Exes for You!

Talking to your ex is hard. Talking to your ex in the context of "Hey, you should get tested because I think I may have given you an STI during our halcyon days as lovers" is even harder. And, because humankind has an endless capacity for Relationship Cowardice, this sort of very awkward but extremely necessary… »11/15/13 3:00pm11/15/13 3:00pm

'Worse Than AIDS' Gonorrhea Strain Is Not, in Fact, Worse Than AIDS

Every now and again, the media likes to run with a time-honored story: GONORRHEA OMG YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIE. The latest round of gonorrhea fear-mongering started with a strain of the STI called HO41. First discovered in a female sex worker in Japan, HO41 was thought to be in North America. Everyone freaked out. But… »5/07/13 12:45pm5/07/13 12:45pm

Drug-Resistant Super-Gonorrhea Laughs in the Face of Antibiotics

You know how gonorrhea has always been, like, the chillest STI ever? All, "Hey, man! It's me, gonorrhea! Listen, I'm going to be hanging around your junk for a few weeks, but I'll keep it quiet—no loud parties!—and then when things start to get weird, just pop some antibiots and I'm out, brah!" Gonorrhea knows when to… »2/15/13 7:30pm2/15/13 7:30pm

Rethinking the Blow Job: Condoms or Gonorrhea? Take Your Pick

Gonorrhea — also known as "the clap," possibly because doctors used to believe the sexually transmitted infection was treatable by slamming a heavy object down on one's penis (yes, really) — is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, after chlamydia. And it's on the rise, with the… »9/27/12 11:35am9/27/12 11:35am

Hot Trends in Online Dating: Syphilis and Chlamydia

Researchers in Canada are flummoxed a puzzling set of statistics — despite the fact that most people had a safe sex message shouted at them from a young age, instances of certain sexually transmitted diseases have increased dramatically in the last decade or so. According to some experts the STDstravaganza can be… »3/12/12 11:20am3/12/12 11:20am

A Pot Psychology Summer: Looking Back At The Things You Never Saw

Summer will officially be over in a few days. :( So for this installment of Pot Psychology »9/19/08 8:00pm9/19/08 8:00pm, the "advice" column in which we attempt to solve everyone's problems with an herbal remedy, and I take a look back at our favorite things you never saw, and answer some questions that were pretty stupid. Got a burning…

"Is It Normal For Straight Girls To Only Like Girl-On-Girl Porn?"

It's time for another installment of Pot Psychology, the "advice column" in which everyone's problems are solved with an "herbal" remedy. (Remember, kids: Don't do drugs!) In this episode, Rich and I got help from our pal Sasha Frere-Jones again, to tackle problems like leaky vaginas, syphilis, and boyfriends who… »7/03/08 4:20pm7/03/08 4:20pm

Walt Disney's Educational Cartoon On STDs

We thought we were lucky when we found Disney's 1946 educational cartoon about menstruation. But then we happened upon Disney's 1972 cartoon educational cartoon about venereal disease! It's so weird how progressive the company used to be back in the day. In VD Attack Plan, STD "germs" — syphilis and gonorrhea — pose… »6/04/08 11:30am6/04/08 11:30am