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

Heads Up: Lots of People Have Herpes. Maybe Even You!

Since knowledge is power, Vox would like you to know that you definitely, probably most likely have herpes. Don't you feel powerful? » 4/23/14 12:40pm 4/23/14 12:40pm

CDC: 'Condomless Sex' Is the New 'Unprotected Sex'

Americans have long been told that sex without a condom is "unprotected sex," which leaves you at risk for HIV and a multitude of other sexually transmitted diseases. Now, after pressure from health community advocates, the Center for Disease Control is changing its language and replacing "unprotected sex" with… » 2/24/14 1:50pm 2/24/14 1:50pm

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 3:00pm 11/15/13 3:00pm

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

Of Course Florida is Teeming With Herpes-Infected Monkeys

Casey Anthony, Disney condos, CSI: Miami, and now this. The state of Florida is apparently under threat from a small army of adaptive, herpes-infected monkeys that wildlife officials are now classifying as a "public health hazard." » 9/13/13 11:20am 9/13/13 11:20am

HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Far Too Low, According to New Survey

Despite the tireless consciousness-raising efforts of Michael Douglas and Lena Dunham's fictional Twitter account that existed in a single episode of Girls, a new survey from the Center for Disease Control shows that the vaccination rate for teenage girls against HPV has remained dangerously low. » 7/26/13 6:10pm 7/26/13 6:10pm

Getting Us Horn Dogs to Use Condoms Is Gonna Be Really Fucking Hard

Like everything on the Bravo network, condoms are both terrible and great. They're terrible because they're inconvenient, expensive, and deliver a diminished genital-on-genital experience. But they're great because they block all sorts of unwanted things from getting into your body — like Chlamydia and babies! » 7/02/13 1:40pm 7/02/13 1:40pm

Get That Shot Before You Suck That Dick

So maybe you hate giving blowjobs. Maybe you love giving blowjobs. Either way, there's something you might want to consider on the way to spit-or-swallowtown. » 5/09/13 10:00am 5/09/13 10:00am

'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 12:45pm 5/07/13 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 7:30pm 2/15/13 7:30pm

Just in Time for Valentine's Day: Young Women at 'Greater Risk' for STDs

You know what they say: Sex is like a fucked-up box of chocolates, you never know which one you're going to get! But, uh, odds are you're gonna get at least one in your lifetime. » 2/13/13 11:00pm 2/13/13 11:00pm

Thanks To Brazilian Waxes, Crabs Are an Endangered Species

When salons began ripping the hair out of follicles on women's labia and anuses until their privates were completely bald, they probably never knew they were contributing to the fight against one of the most contagious sexually transmitted infections: pubic lice. However, doctors are linking Brazilian bikini waxes… » 1/14/13 1:45pm 1/14/13 1:45pm

You Can't Escape: For Some, HPV Returns at Menopause

Women who grew up (and slept around*) during the "sexual revolution" in the 1960s and 70s but settled down with longtime partners before the HIV/AIDS epidemic thought they got off easy when it came to STIs. » 12/13/12 10:50am 12/13/12 10:50am

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 11:35am 9/27/12 11:35am

Syphilis Scare Forces Porn Industry to, uh, Grind to a Halt

An adult film actor's positive syphilis test has prompted the entire industry to shut down temporarily while officials test other performers and investigate the possibility of an outbreak. » 8/21/12 6:10pm 8/21/12 6:10pm

Older Ladies Are Having Sex, But They're Shy About Condoms

We should know by now that women don't suddenly stop having sex when they turn 50. But unfortunately, age doesn't necessarily make them more comfortable talking about safe sex with their doctors — or their partners. And according to a new study, this could put older women at risk. » 2/09/12 10:20am 2/09/12 10:20am

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

Columbus Totally Gave Everyone Syphilis

Researchers initially doubted the theory that Columbus and his crew brought syphilis back to Europe from the New World, because 50 European skeletons allegedly dating back to before Columbus's first voyage showed signs of the disease. But now biologist George Armelagos and his team have reexamined the skeletons, and… » 12/29/11 5:35pm 12/29/11 5:35pm