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Syphilis Soars 79% in RI Thanks to ... Social Media

State officials say hookup apps are partly behind uptick in STD cases

(Newser) - Sexually transmitted diseases are staging a comeback in Rhode Island—with syphilis leading the pack, the state Department of Health reports. While HIV is up 33% from 2013 to 2014 and gonorrhea is up 30%, syphilis skyrocketed a whopping 79%. Why the sudden uptick? Officials cite better testing, but add... More »

For HIV+ People, Even Safe Sex Can Mean Jail

ProPublica investigation delves into controversial laws

(Newser) - In at least 35 states, exposing another person to HIV is a crime—even if the virus is not transmitted—and, in some cases, it's a crime even if the sex in question was safe, according to a ProPublica investigation. The article focuses on Nick Rhoades, an Iowa man... More »

Bill Gates' Contest Winner: Cow-Tendon Condoms

The condom of the future could also be made from fish skin

(Newser) - Bill Gates issued a challenge to inventors in March: Come up with a plan for making a more pleasurable condom that more men will actually want to use and win a cool million dollars. His quest to make safe sex better seems to be off to a strong start: The... More »

NY Prostitutes: Time to Ban Condoms as Evidence

It would make sex safer, they argue

(Newser) - New York prostitutes think they—and their clients—will be safer if their state becomes the first to stop using condoms as evidence in prostitution arrests, Bloomberg reports. Since condoms are considered probable cause and can be used against them, many prostitutes simply don't carry protection while working, explains... More »

Porn Industry Threatens to Ditch LA

Producers aren't happy with new law requiring condoms

(Newser) - Next stop, New Hampshire? A Los Angeles law requiring porn actors to wear condoms when filming on location takes effect next month and angry producers are threatening to pull up stakes and take away an industry that provides up to 20,000 jobs. The law is "a nuisance more... More »

LA Passes Porn Condom Law

No condom, no film permit under new ordinance

(Newser) - Los Angeles has defied the porn industry's threat to quit the city and passed a law requiring porn actors to wear condoms during filming. The City Council voted 9-1 for final approval of the ordinance, which is set to go into effect in 90 days, the Los Angeles Times... More »

LA Council Backs Law Requiring Condoms in Porn

Safe sex measure passes preliminary vote

(Newser) - No condom might equal no sex for the nation's biggest porn industry. The Los Angeles City Council has given preliminary approval to a law requiring porn actors to practice safe sex during filming, the Los Angeles Times reports. The measure, which passed 11-1, will return for final approval next... More »

Gonorrhea Becoming 'Incurable'

STD mutating so fast that antibiotics can't keep up

(Newser) - The clap is mutating so quickly that there is a real danger that it will become incurable unless new treatments are developed, British doctors warn. The bacterium that causes gonorrhea—the second most common STD in the US—is remarkably adaptable and has proven resistant to the primary drug used... More »

'Viagra Condom' Hopes to Buoy Endurance

Prophylactic contains gel to boost blood flow

(Newser) - A British biotech company has come up with a kind of protection it thinks men will be eager to use. Dubbed the “Viagra Condom,” its nickname is a bit misleading: It’s not targeted at men with erectile dysfunction. Instead, the new condom comes pre-loaded with a vasodilating... More »

Hustler Fined $14K for Condom-Free Porn

California safety officials slap Larry Flynt's porn house with citation

(Newser) - Larry Flynt's Hustler Video and another porn production company have been fined by California workplace safety officials for filming unsafe sex. Hustler was fined $14,175 for three violations, including failure to provide condoms or other equipment to protect performers from assorted bodily fluids, AP reports. Activists have targeted the... More »

NYC Gets Free Condom App

City aims to serve and protect

(Newser) - Got a sudden, burning-hot date? No problemo. Just check out the New York City "Condom App" to locate the nearest place to get free condoms. "We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex," said the assistant commissioner of New... More »

Athletes' Condoms Clog Pipes in India

Commonwealth Games dealing with yet another problem

(Newser) - Apparently world-class athletes have a lot of sex. Following the latest challenges for the Commonwealth Games in India—including sub-par construction, security concerns, worries about dengue fever, snakes in hiding, and menacing monkeys —the latest is that the plumbing is becoming stopped up with condoms, reports Reuters . More »

San Francisco Jail Gets Condom Dispensers

Sheriff says inmates' health trumps controversy

(Newser) - Technically speaking, sex between inmates is illegal at the San Francisco County Jail's San Bruno facility. But that hasn't stopped the sheriff from installing 16 condom machines as part of a safe-sex program, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "It may be controversial," he says, "but I think... More »

31% of Gals Would Sleep With Zooey

And more fun revelations from Esquire's survey

(Newser) - If you’ve ever wondered which female celebrity most women would go gay for, or the average number of dates it takes before a woman will offer to pay for dinner, never fear: Esquire's Survey of the American Woman is here. The mag polled nearly 10,000 women—here’s... More »

Porn Stars, It's Time to Wear Rubbers

Condom move would humanize stars, help public health

(Newser) - Put on the condom already, porn industry, writes Kent Sepkowitz. Sheathing up will be a positive public health move, and could even humanize actors we can’t seem to consider as the same species as us. California is considering a request to force the industry to rubber up in the... More »

Brits Link Syphilis Surge to Facebook

Facebook rep urges 'precautions'

(Newser) - British health officials are linking a troubling surge in cases of syphilis to the large number of casual sexual encounters triggered by Facebook meetings. Syphilis cases have increased the most in regions with the highest use of Facebook, officials tell the Telegraph . "There has been a fourfold increase in... More »

Swiss Offer Small Condoms —for 12-Year-Olds

They complained regulars were too large

(Newser) - Switzerland is now offering extra-small condoms for 12- to 14-year-olds to encourage safe sex. The move comes after a government study turned up two nuggets: more teens are having sex, and many go without protection because regular condoms are too large. The Hotshot is 1.7 inches wide, compared to... More »

Small Condoms a Big Problem for Marketers

(Newser) - Judging by the average convenience store condom selection, men with small penises do not exist. Selling small condoms is difficult for marketers, so most brands have opted not to bother, writes Menachem Kaiser of the Atlantic . LifeStyles’ “Snugger Fit” designation is about as straightforward as it gets. Durex has... More »

Canadian Sex Ed: Capt. Condom Video Game

Penis-handed villain and heroes like 'Wonder Vag' teach kids

(Newser) - If your kids refuse to listen when you try to sit them down for the sex talk, perhaps you should plop them in front of a new online sex ed game instead…as long as you don’t mind your daughter playing as the character “Wonder Vag.” Gawker... More »

Another Reason Guys Hate the Condom: Bad Fit

Men not exactly tripping over selves to buy 'small,' 'medium' sizes

(Newser) - If you think ill-fitting shoes chafe, then it's easy to imagine that ill-fitting condoms that reduce pleasure, slip, or break might result in people not using them. A study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections links poor fit to reduced usage. The kicker? Condoms often don't fit because men won't... More »

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