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Huge HIV/STD outbreak in Pittsburgh suburb; health officials say under-24s are more promiscuous than ever

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From Daily Mail: Pennsylvania officials have reported an alarming increase in sexually transmitted infections in a county outside of Pittsburgh as local health experts say young people are more promiscuous than ever.

Beaver County saw a 300 percent increase in HIV and 34 percent increase in gonorrhea among 15- to 24-year-olds in 2017 compared to 2016, and the trend has continued into 2018, according to the alert released early this month.

Rates of STIs in the US have increased significantly in the last three years on record, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 50 percent of cases are diagnosed in people aged 15 to 24.

Data suggests rates of sexual activity among teens and young adults have been consistent across the past few decades and use of contraception is increasing, so experts say budget cuts for STD prevention programs may be to blame. (Say what?) The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an alert at the beginning of the month that there has been an increase in HIV and gonorrhea cases in Beaver County, located about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. There was a nearly 300 percent increase in HIV among 15- to 24-year-olds in 2017 compared to 2016.

Gonorrhea cases saw a 34 percent increase among the same age group, which is nearly double the national increase during that time period.

Health officials say there’s been a similar trend in Allegheny County, the second-largest county in the state where Pittsburgh is located. ‘Our incidence rates for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV have and continue to exceed the state’s incidence rates,’ Dr Karen Hacker, Allegheny County health department director, told KDKA.

Earlier this month, health officials in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, revealed that at least 125 people had been diagnosed with HIV, syphilis or both.  The ‘cluster’ is being treated as a city-wide health issue particularly among people between the aged of 15 and 24.

Dr. Frank DiCenzo, an OB-GYN in Pittsburgh, claims that the increase is a result of teens being more promiscuous in recent years. ‘I’ve seen high school students who tell me they’ve had multiple sexual partners,’ DiCenco told KDKA.

‘Ladies as young as as 14. And they have what they call sex partners. Someone that is a friend that they have sex with.’

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Infectious disease expert warns that San Francisco is becoming dirtier than slums in India and Brazil

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On the streets of San Francisco…

I’d say the city of San Francisco now qualifies as a sh*thole. Good job demorats!

From Daily Mail: San Francisco may be America’s most expensive city to live in, but it’s also quickly becoming one of the dirtiest in the world as well. 

NBC Bay Area journalists recently conducted a survey of 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco and found trash on every street.  Trash bags and litter are one problem, but the report found that used needles and human feces are also common sights downtown – even near upscale hotels, government buildings and in playgrounds.

In total, the journalists found 100 drug needles and more than 300 piles of feces during their investigation. 

If stuck by a used needle, one can be infected with diseases like HIV or Hepatitis. Fecal matter is also not just a smelly nuisance. As it dries, the germs become airborne and if inhaled, can prove deadly – especially for children.

Confronted with the findings of the report, infectious disease expert Dr. Lee Riley told the station that the streets of San Francisco are getting worse even than the slums of developing countries. ‘The contamination is… much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India,’ the UC Berkeley professor said.

Riley pointed out that slums in the countries mentioned are used as long-term housing for poor people,  many of whom make an attempt to keep at least their homes and surroundings livable.

But the homeless who live on the streets of downtown San Francisco are routinely being kicked from one encampment to the next, and therefore, don’t feel a sense of obligation to clean up after themselves. This results are ‘extreme contamination,’ Riley told the outlet.

City Supervisor Hillary Ronen said the issue goes back to the city’s homeless problem. She says that too much of the focus has been on finding the homeless permanent housing. If the city had more temporary beds in shelters, the homeless would be off the streets and not leaving behind such a mess. She says the city currently has 2,000 temporary beds but needs about 1,000 more, which will cost about $25million.

‘We need to find a source of revenue,’ said Ronen. ‘Whether that’s putting something on the ballot to raise business taxes or taking a look at our general fund and re-allocating money towards that purpose and taking it away from something else in the city.’

What’s bizarre is that the city is already spending more than that on cleaning the streets – a task that seems pointless since they never end up staying clean anyway. 

Mohammed Nuru, the Director of the Public Works Department estimates that half his budget – $30million – goes to cleaning up feces and needles from the street.

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Homosexual Lance Bass whines: “I want to donate blood to Vegas victims and I’m not allowed”

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Not allowed: Lance Bass and his husband Michael Turchin

It’s not all about you, Lance. Rules are in place for a reason. Get over it.

If he wants to help, I suggest the homosexual donate a portion of his $22 million to help the victims.

From People:  Like millions of Americans, Lance Bass was compelled to donate blood to help some of the 527 concertgoers injured during Sunday’s deadly Las Vegas shooting.

But the Federal Drug Administration prevents men who’ve had sex with other men within the past 12 months from donating blood — preventing Bass, who is openly gay and married to husband Michael Turchin, from donating.

“How is it STILL illegal for gays to donate blood??!!” the 38-year-old singer wrote on Twitter Monday night. “I want to donate and I’m not allowed.”

Other gay men spoke out about the ban in the wake of the Vegas tragedy. “Antiquated, homophobic standards prevent gay men like me from donating life-saving blood,” wrote one user.

“It infuriates me that gay & bisexual men can be turned away from donating blood in Las Vegas because of the @US_FDA’s discriminatory policy,” added LGBT advocate, writer, and speaker Shane Bitney Crone.

According to the FDA, its decision to make men who have had sex with other men defer for 12 months from their most recent sexual contact before they donate is based on several years of research and recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The policy was originally put in place as a lifetime ban, implemented by the FDA in 1983 at the start of the AIDS crisis.

At the time, little was known by sciences about the spread of the disease — though now, the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks), America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross have all said the FDA’s ruling is “medically and scientifically unwarranted.” They have long urged the FDA to modify blood donation policies so they are “comparable with criteria for other groups at increased risk of sexual transmission of transfusion-transmitted infections.”

But the FDA, who changed its policy to a 12-month ban in 2015, stands by its decision. “At present, there are insufficient scientific data available to determine whether it is safe to rely only on individual behavioral risk factors when determining donation eligibility,” the FDA’s “Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products” states. “The Red Cross continues to work with the FDA and our blood industry partners to gather additional scientific risk data to assist the FDA in determining if further changes are warranted in the future.”

There is no deferral for a woman who has had sex with another woman, the individual therefore eligible to donate blood.  The same applies to individuals who identify as transgender or intersex.

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Of course they are: Teen Vogue is promoting anal sex

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Dr. Eowyn has written about the many consequences of anal sex. For instance:

  • The simple truth is this: The human body was not designed to accommodate anal intercourse. The anus is a delicate mechanism of small muscles that comprise an “exit-only” passage. With repeated trauma, friction and stretching, the sphincter loses its tone and its ability to maintain a tight seal.
  • Anal intercourse leads to leakage of fecal material that can easily become chronic.
  • The intestine has only a single layer of cells separating it from blood. Therefore, any organisms that are introduced into the rectum have a much easier time establishing a foothold for infection than they would in a vagina. The single layer tissue cannot withstand the friction associated with penile penetration, resulting in traumas that expose both participants to blood, organisms in feces, and a mixing of bodily fluids.
  • Ejaculate has components that are immunosuppressive, designed to allow the sperm to evade the immune defenses of the female. The fragility of the anus and rectum, along with the immunosuppressive effect of ejaculate, make anal-genital intercourse a most efficient manner of transmitting HIV and other infections.

According to the CDC, anal sex is the riskiest type of sex for getting or transmitting HIV. From their web site:

“HIV can be found in certain body fluids—blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), or rectal fluids—of a person who has HIV. Although receptive anal sex (bottoming) is much riskier for getting HIV than insertive anal sex (topping), it’s possible for either partner—the top or the bottom—to get HIV. The bottom’s risk is very high because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow HIV to enter the body during anal sex. The top is also at risk because HIV can enter the body through the opening at the tip of the penis (or urethra); the foreskin if the penis isn’t circumcised; or small cuts, scratches, or open sores anywhere on the penis.

Now Teen Vogue is pushing this unhealthy behavior amongst teens. Never let facts get in the way of Communist Goal #26.

From Teen Vogue: When it comes to your body, it’s important that you have the facts. Being in the dark is not doing your sexual health or self-understanding any favors.

With that sentiment in mind, we’re here to lay it all out for you when it comes to anal sex.

It’s important that we talk about all kinds of sex because not everyone is having, or wants to have, “penis in the vagina” sex. If you do have “penis in the vagina” sex and are curious about something else, or are finding that that type of sex is not for you and you’d just like to explore other options, it’s helpful to know the facts. Even if you do learn more and decide anal sex is not a thing you’d like to try, it doesn’t hurt to have the information.

If you’re not comfortable reading about anal sex, that’s perfectly OK, too. We have plenty of other articles around a variety of issues and wellness. Feel free to click out if you’d like! No pressure at all.

Obviously there is a lot of stuff on the Internet about anal (we don’t suggest you Google it), but most of what you’ll find is either porn or advice for experienced sexual persons looking to try something new. What about the teenagers? What about the LGBTQ young people who need to know about this for their sexual health?

I have got you covered. Without all the run-of-the-mill hoopla, here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff, no matter who you are, whom you’re having sex with, or who you want to have sex with.

This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.

Anal sex, though often stigmatized, is a perfectly natural way to engage in sexual activity. People have been having anal sex since the dawn of humanity. Seriously, it’s been documented back to the ancient Greeks and then some. So if you’re a little worried about trying it or are having trouble understanding the appeal, just know that it isn’t weird or gross.

The anus is full of nerve endings that, for some, feel awesome when stimulated. The opening of the butthole is where the most nerves are, so you don’t have to put anything that far up there (if you don’t want to) for it to feel good.

That being said, anal (like all sex acts) is not enjoyed by everyone, and that’s totally OK. You should do what you feel comfortable with and what feels pleasurable for you. There is no wrong way to experience sexuality, and no way is better than any other.

For those of you with prostates, being on the receiving end of anal sex can be a great experience.

First of all: What is a prostate? The prostate is a gland near the bladder that produces prostate fluid, one of the main elements of semen. It is located just in front of the rectum and can be stimulated with a toy, fingers, or penis. It feels like a solid, small bulge.

It feels good to have the prostate stimulated. This is one of the reasons receiving anal sex when you have a prostate can be very enjoyable. You can even have a prostate-induced orgasm!

Just because you have a vagina does not mean anal is off-limits. Many vagina owners love anal play. You don’t need to have a prostate to enjoy anal sex.

For those without a prostate, having your anus stimulated can still be great — remember all those nerve endings are still in the fold here. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, which can be delightful.

The anus is not as malleable as a vagina, which has the ability to accommodate an infant’s head by design. The anus is very tight, and the feeling of having something in your rectal area is unique. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, which can be delightful.

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For the millennials who “live online”: Home STD testing

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myLAB Box: “Safe is Sexy”

Apparently they are not living all parts of their lives online.

From Daily Mail: As more brands are offering quick, delivery-style options to cater to millennials, the idea has now been applied to clinical testing services.

myLAB Box says it is the first company to offer testing nationwide at-home testing, with screening for 10 STIs and STDs, including HIV, HPV and chlamydia.  There are other services that offer home STD testing, including Planned Parenthood and STDCheck.com, but neither are nationwide or offer the same amount.

Users order the specific testing panels online, complete the test, mail it to a pre-selected lab and results are delivered electronically within a few days.

Based in Los Angeles, co-founder and chief marketing officer Lora Ivanova said the goal of the service is to offer a solution for those who live their lives online.

Although the idea of mailing urine samples can seem unsettling, Ivanova and her team liken the process to casually ordering food online.

Ivanova said: ‘It’s amazing in the 2000s that as a society we haven’t figured out a way to do this. There’s a huge gap between our lifestyles and how we use healthcare. There are delivery services for everything else in our lives, so why not for this?

myLAB Box tests for HIV, hepatitis C, herpes simplex type II, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HPV, genital mycoplasma and genital ureaplasma. The testing package is mailed to the consumer’s home, equipped with a set of instructions.

Depending on the type of panel ordered, there may be a finger prick, urine or swab sample needed. myLAB Box claims it is also unique because it offers oral, rectal and genital swabbing. Ivanova said the tests are simple; for a woman it’s no different than inserting a tampon.

Once the sample is collected, the person sends the package to a certified regional lab facility, based on where they live. The lab-certified results are delivered electronically within a few days.

If there is a positive test result, there would be a free phone consult with a doctor and prescriptions made available that same day.

A 2001 study by the University of Washington in St. Louis found that home testing and clinical testing had the same level of accuracy.

Louis Ortiz-Fonseca, Advocates For Youth Director of LGBT health and rights, said he thinks the online option could be a game-changer in how people view STIs.

He said: ‘As an adult I see how I’m inclined to think this reinforces silencing testing and results. But then I look at my son, who communicates with the world online.  I think young people can find it empowering to be able do this on their phones. It provides them the agency to do it at their speed, at their pace.’

CEO Ursula Hessenflow said the idea was to eliminate the discomfort and awkwardness of going to the clinic. She said to CBS News: ‘No longer do you have to suffer through the embarrassment or awkward conversations with clinicians or your doctor about your sexual health.’

In the United States, sexually-transmitted diseases are at a record high, with cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, jumping up several percentage points in a year’s span. The CDC estimates there are 20 million cases of sexually-transmitted infections that occur each year and the cost to the US healthcare system is estimated to be as much as $16 billion annually.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Tinder adds health section after Aids charity put up billboards linking dating app to chlamydia and gonorrhea

Tinder is a location-based dating application (using  Facebook) that “facilitates communication between mutually interested users, allowing matched users to chat.” According to askmen.com it’s also a great way to enjoy a “regret-free hookup.” Apparently there is something else that Tinder is good for: obtaining a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) put pressure on Tinder bosses for them to add a “Health and Safety” section. AHF had put up billboards linking the dating app to chlamydia and gonorrhea as reported by on the Daily Mail.

Tinder has also added a ‘find your nearest STD clinic’ locator to its website. The new ‘Health Safety’ section of the Tinder website recommends users wear condoms and suggests asking potential partners when they were last checked for sexually transmitted diseases.

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The change followed a dispute between Tinder and the AHF, which refused to take down huge roadside signs suggesting the app was causing a surge in infections. The AHF originally refused to take down the adverts, which showed silhouettes of a man labeled ‘Tinder’ face-to-face with a woman labeled ‘chlamydia’. The huge roadside signs also showed a silhouette of a man labeled ‘Grindr’ – a gay dating app – facing a male silhouette labeled ‘gonorrhea’.

Despite facing legal action from Tinder, the HIV/Aids advocacy group said it would only consider taking the billboards down once a health section was added to the Tinder website. This past week the AHF welcomed the move and is now set to remove the adverts. It said it will continue to encourage other dating apps and websites to add a health section.

AHF senior director Whitney Engeran-Cordova said, “The CDC recently reported that sexually transmitted diseases increased dramatically in 2014. We are unfortunately now waging an uphill battle on this front. The CDC also noted, the majority of these infections are affecting young people – the demographic that is on their mobile phones all day long.  This is why it is such welcome news that Tinder will add a Health Safety section with a link to Healthvana, making it easier for people to find testing locations through an easily accessible, modern platform. And we hope to see other dating sites do the same.”

The row between the AHF and Tinder erupted as medical experts warned the surge in popularity of dating and casual sex apps was fueling a rise in sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Peter Greenhouse, of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said the apps could trigger an ‘explosion’ of HIV in heterosexual people.  Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat in November, he said: “You are able to turn over partners more quickly with a dating app and the quicker you change partners, the more likely you are to get infections. What really worries me is that we are just at a tipping point for HIV. If enough people change partners quickly, and they’ve got other untreated sexually transmitted infections, it might just start an explosion of HIV in the heterosexual population. Apps could do that.”

Experts also warned that apps such as Tinder have made casual sex as available as ordering takeout. “Mobile dating apps are rapidly altering the sexual landscape by making casual sex as easily available as ordering a pizza,” The’s AHF’s Whitney Engeran-Cordova said last year.

Dr. Jessica Carbino, from Tinder, said: “An important aspect of any healthy relationship – whether formed on Tinder or otherwise – is ensuring sexual health and safety.  We’d be delighted to see other major social networks follow in our footsteps in educating the public.”

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Charlie Sheen and Dr. Oz: It’s all about ratings and exposure

Last November, Charlie Sheen admitted on NBC’s “Today” this morning that he has HIV. He said one reason for going public with his condition was to put a stop to shakedowns from prostitutes and others who threatened to out him. And like any good Hollyweird celebrity, one must always be in the spotlight, no matter how despicable your behavior.

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Now Sheen will be a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show.  Page Six reports that this will occur , even as backlash mounts over some of his previous appearances on the program.

Apparently Sheen is doing his latest small-screen job for free, even though critics accuse him of cashing in. Insiders tell Page Six that Sheen is expected to appear on the show “a lot over the next few weeks.” Sheen hasn’t had a regular TV gig since “Anger Management” ended in 2014.

Sheen appeared on last Tuesday’s “Dr. Oz” and was its highest-rated show since April. “Thus far, they’ve shot at his home, in the studio and in a morgue, where they looked at the body parts of an addict who died,” said a source.

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HIV activists aren’t pleased since Sheen revealed he went off his meds for experimental injections from Dr. Samir Chachoua in Mexico, who claims to know how to cure cancer. “I take back everything I said about Sheen and his disclosure,” activist Peter Staley wrote for POZ magazine online Wednesday. Staley wrote:

“Sheen’s first steps with responsibility? He launches a ‘chase the cure’ effort with ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ (presumably with a nice ongoing paycheck), goes off his meds without telling anyone, goes to Mexico to seek a miracle cure from a scam artist even Dr. Oz hasn’t heard of.” Staley told Sheen to “crawl back into your ‘babe cave,’ write a big check to amfAR, and call it a day. Real AIDS advocates are the reason you’re still alive, so stop s - - ting on our legacy and continued work.”

The third part of Oz’s interview will air Monday. When asked if he suffers from “mania,” Sheen says, “My only experience with manic behavior is usually in the throes of deep partying. Deep substance abuse and drinking.”

Another show I’ve never watched, nor will I start any time soon.

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