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Condoms Are Not Enough!

It’s bad enough we have to use these things!  But…really? Condoms aren't enough?

First, to be completely clear: it's important to use condoms to help lower the risk of getting—or giving-- sexually transmitted diseases, not to mention unwanted pregnancy. These diseases include HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis.

Blah Blah-ing vs Luhu Bling?

That is NOT what a study just released out of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, and reported in the Oct. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

About one patient in eight who got a rapid HIV test combined with risk counseling developed a new STI (sexually transmitted infection) within 6 months. 

Mistletoe Mayhem: Catching an STD through a Kiss?

When I was a high school student, one of my female friends got mono (mononucleosis, caused by Epstein Barr Virus, or EBV).  Being the smart-ass that I was, in the midst of her horrible fatigue and discomfort, I kept teasing her that she got it from touching dirty doorknobs.  I repeated it enough to piss her off (she was ashamed she had gotten an infectious disease, which is transmitted not just by kissing, but by coughing, shared utensils, cups, and so on.  She was hardly the promiscuous type).  If I had been more creative, I would have suggested she got it from licking those doorknobs.  Ho

Folks Just Are Not Using Condoms

According to New York City Dept. of Health, people are not using condoms like they should. And the numbers are staggering.

Only one in three adults in the city used a condom the last time they had sex — or just 31.8 percent of the more than 4 million sexually active New Yorkers, a city Health Department poll has found.

That means that two-thirds, or 68.2 percent, of adults said they didn’t use a condom the last time they had intercourse.

YIKES!

Testing for STDs on a Regular Basis

Centers for Disease Control Recommendations

CDC recommends testing at least once for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis if you’re between ages 13 and 64.

Persuading the American public to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases has been, frankly, a big pain for the US government and medical organizations.  And, it’s a big-ticket item.  Walk through many major US airports, and you’ll see billboard ads placed by CDC (Centers for Disease Control) promoting testing for these diseases.  

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