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 "condomless… » 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

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

'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

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 with … » 1/14/13 1:45pm 1/14/13 1:45pm

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 CDC… » 9/27/12 11:35am 9/27/12 11:35am

Girls-Only Vaccine Could Be Best Weapon Against HPV

A new study argues that vaccinating boys against HPV isn't the best use of resources, since vaccinating more girls will actually lead to a greater reduction in overall infections. However, there are also political implications to consider. » 12/21/11 1:00pm 12/21/11 1:00pm