NYC Council Member Goes Public with 'High-Risk HPV' Diagnosis

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed on Twitter today that she's been diagnosed with "high-risk HPV," and needs to get a biopsy as soon as possible. » 8/18/14 7:45pm 8/18/14 7:45pm

The Labia Library Shows that All Vaginas Are Normal

It's no secret that many women feel ashamed of how the outside of their vulvas look, especially in a world where it's easy to believe yours is supposed to look like that of a porn star. Luckily, The Labia Library is here to show that like women's bodies in general, labias come in different shapes and sizes. » 6/26/14 6:30pm 6/26/14 6:30pm

Meet the Hydrogel Condom, the Rubber of the Future

There’s a new condom in trials that feels like skin! It's made of something called "tough hydrogel" and while the invention sounds promising, if you're like me, you probably just rolled your eyes. Condom companies always claim their products feel like nothing is there. » 6/09/14 4:20pm 6/09/14 4:20pm

There's a Birchbox for Condoms and It's Called 'The Cocksman Club'

What do you picture upon hearing the name, "The Cocksman Club"? Is it an exclusive Victorian club for gents who enjoy the company of gents, or perhaps a cheeky society for the discussion of rooster breeding? Wrong on both counts: It's a subscription service for condoms. » 3/04/14 4:20pm 3/04/14 4:20pm

America Gets An Embarrassing C- In Women's Reproductive Health

The Population Institute has released its annual State of Reproductive Health And Rights report card, and it seems that in the opinion of the massive educational nonprofit, America isn't doing so hot. If America were a high schooler, America would be grounded until America gets its grades up, otherwise America won't… » 1/13/14 3:00pm 1/13/14 3:00pm

Last Year's Increase In STD Infections Was Entirely Due To Men

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their data on rates of STD infection among sexually active Americans in 2012 today. Merry Public Health Employee Christmas, one and all! » 1/10/14 5:00pm 1/10/14 5:00pm

A Handy State-By-State Ranking of Dick Size

A condom company has lovingly compiled a state-by-state ranking of dick size based on sales of large-sized condoms. Congratulations, North Dakota (Dickota?). Condolences, Mississippi. » 12/03/13 2:50pm 12/03/13 2:50pm

Rejoice, Slutty Youths: An Instant STD Test Isn't Far Away

If you're anything like me (MILLENNIAL), then you're familiar with our litany of monolithic generational traits — we're all very lazy and entitled. We'd Tase our own mothers in order to get our hands on the newest Apple doodad gadgetamabob. We sext Snapchats to the Kardashians. Teen Mom. Um. Occupy Twilight. Buttsex. » 10/22/13 4:30pm 10/22/13 4:30pm

Thongs Are Ruining Your Vagina

I thought everyone stopped wearing thongs when super low rise boot cut whisker wash jeans went out of style, circa I'm A Slave 4 U Britney Spears. I guess I was wrong! I'm totally out of touch with the youth cultures! Speaking of cultures I don't wish to touch: bacteria. » 10/16/13 4:00pm 10/16/13 4:00pm

Cheap STD Treatment, We Hardly Knew Ye

This week, the World Health Organization warned Earth's genitalia that a new strain of drug-resistant gonorrhea was poised to unleash untreatable horror around the globe unless people were more careful with their junk. The good news is that "drug resistant" STD's aren't necessarily immune to all treatments. But the… » 6/08/12 2:20pm 6/08/12 2:20pm

Bacteria Are Fighting a Giant, Mysterious War in Your Vagina Right Now

No matter how many abstinence pledges you've signed or purity balls you've attended, your vagina anything but pure, according to new research by, uh, vaginologists. In fact, your between-the-legs chute is the perfect hot, wet environment for an ongoing "dynamic battle" between various microorganisms. And scientists… » 5/02/12 6:30pm 5/02/12 6:30pm

Facebook May Soon Tell You Which of Your Friends Has an STD

For those who bemoan the intrusiveness of social media into every nook and cranny of our modern lives, take cover: Facebook may one day develop an app that lets you know not just who among your checkered roster of sexual partners may be secreting an STI from boxspring to boxspring, but who in your social circle may be… » 4/01/12 1:00pm 4/01/12 1:00pm

College Sex Fest Inspires Conservative Bullshit

Despite Rush Limbaugh's efforts, college students continue slutting it up! Their latest bit of scandalous whoremongering: a "Sex Fest" at Pennsylvania's Allegheny College. Luckily, the right-wing media is on the case, spreading misinformation about this alleged college bacchanal. » 3/09/12 4:30pm 3/09/12 4:30pm

Oral Sex More Dangerous for Dudes

One in ten men are orally infected with the human papillomavirus, the nasty microscopic villain that can cause cancer of the genitals or throat. Because it's tough to test for the virus without a tissue sample and most of the infected don't know they have it, many don't think they're at risk for HPV-caused throat… » 1/26/12 4:00pm 1/26/12 4:00pm

Rick Santorum Vows To Protect States' Rights To Outlaw Birth Control

Pennsylvanian political discharge Rick Santorum is having a great week. He's suddenly, grotesquely surging in Iowa, Rupert Murdoch and his steampunk propaganda machine Fox News have endorsed him, and people are finally showing up at his rallies. He'd like to take this opportunity to remind you, now that you're… » 1/03/12 5:40pm 1/03/12 5:40pm

Fordham Students Protest Hidden Anti-Birth-Control Policy [Updated]

Students at Fordham University complain that the Catholic school won't prescribe birth control at its campus clinics — and that this policy isn't made clear to incoming students. Now they're hosting an off-campus clinic as an alternative. » 11/28/11 1:20pm 11/28/11 1:20pm

New Ad Campaign Helpfully Reminds You That Not Being Pregnant is Great

The good folks who brought you the "this is your brain on drugs" ad with the egg frying in a pan and the ad with the crying Indian who was actually an Italian have unleashed a new round of ads on the American public. But instead of inducing racial speculation or cravings for McMuffins, this time around, the Ad… » 11/10/11 7:15pm 11/10/11 7:15pm

The Dark Ages: When We Knew Nothing About Our Vaginas

Those of us who had some form of sex ed in school learned the basics: what your period is made of, how fertilization works, how to put a condom on a banana. But there's a lot of ladybusiness that you just don't learn til you're older, from living, talking to people, and (shudder) trial and error. Herewith, a look back… » 10/19/11 4:30pm 10/19/11 4:30pm

How To Deal With Judgy Doctors

The doctor's office is a place where we're often at our most vulnerable. And when doctors are judgmental, be it about our sexual history, our relationship status, our orientation, or our weight, it can be hard to know how to respond. Below, some tips on handling this difficult situation. » 10/13/11 3:50pm 10/13/11 3:50pm