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Study: STDs, Not Love, Are Why Humans Became Monogamous

Sorry, romance

(Newser) - Our ancestors didn't choose monogamy out of anything so high-minded as love or religion, according to a new study published Tuesday. Rather, it was most likely due to skyrocketing rates of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea from all the polygamous sex being had. Within hunter-gatherer groups of 30 or fewer... More »

No, This Is Definitely Not a Bernie Sanders Ad

It's an ad for free STD testing

(Newser) - Several billboards scattered around Los Angeles look at first glance like ads for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, but they actually ask, "Feel the Burn?" The ad campaign is the work of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is urging anyone who might feel painful symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases to... More »

Those Tinder-STD Billboards Are Coming Down

Thanks to a new link on its website

(Newser) - In a move Engadget says will help the company "save face," Tinder has added links to an STD testing locator on its dating app and site, ending a monthslong fight with a nonprofit provider of HIV health care and prevention services, Reuters reports. The new locator powered by... More »

STD Spike Is 'Alarming': CDC

Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are all on the rise

(Newser) - For the first time in nearly a decade, three of the most well-known sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise—and CDC experts are calling the increase "alarming," NBC News reports. In the agency's latest findings , there were nearly 20,000 syphilis cases in 2014 (a 15%... More »

Introducing an STD You've Never Heard Of

Study suggests 'MG' affects 1% of sexually active people

(Newser) - Take heed, folks: There appears to be a newish STD in town. It's "newish" because doctors have known about mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, since 1981, but researchers have now found the strongest evidence to date that it can be transmitted through sexual contact. They analyzed urine samples from... More »

Study: You Probably Have Herpes

Two-thirds of the global population under age 50 has HSV-1, estimates the WHO

(Newser) - In its first ever global assessment of the prevalence of the herpes virus that causes cold sores, the World Health Organization reports in the journal PLoS ONE that two in three humans under the age of 50 are infected with the incurable virus. That's an estimated 3.7 billion... More »

Tinder Doesn't Appreciate Billboards Linking It to STDs

Dating app wants AIDS Healthcare Foundation billboards taken down

(Newser) - Information on how to get free testing for diseases—great, right? Unless, perhaps, you're a dating app that's being linked to STDs. Tinder and Grindr aren't pleased with new AIDS Healthcare Foundation signage that's gone up around Los Angeles, showing not only where people can get... More »

Teens Invent Condom That Turns Colors Near STDs

Glow-in-the-dark prophylactic emits different hue for each detected disease

(Newser) - Three young teens from the UK are among the brightest, most colorful students at London's Isaac Newton Academy—and so are their condoms. Two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old took home the top health prize of the TeenTech Awards for designing a condom that not only glows in the dark... More »

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doesn't Fly: California Judge

Ruling says students should learn about STD prevention, all kinds of birth control

(Newser) - California has a sex-ed law on the books that bans schools from pushing abstinence alone in teaching about pregnancy and STD prevention, and a Fresno County judge has now enforced that law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Superior Court Judge Donald Black's decision ruled that the Clovis Unified School... More »

CDC: Male Circumcision Worth the Risks

Feds finally release long-awaited draft guidelines

(Newser) - To snip or not to snip? Male circumcision carries "low" risks but has "dramatic" benefits, according to draft guidelines released by the CDC yesterday. The long-awaited guidelines say that the procedure can greatly reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases for heterosexual men, reports Reuters... More »

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Will Likely Spread: Researchers

Release more details on Australia strain, predict it will soon be 'widespread'

(Newser) - As the threat of antibiotic resistance grows, researchers have come upon a new strain of gonorrhea—and it doesn't respond to the typical treatments, LiveScience reports. The strain was revealed earlier this year , and now researchers are offering a clearer picture: A European woman traveling in Australia tested positive... More »

Gonorrhea 'Superbug' Hits Australia

Expert warns of 'major public health concern'

(Newser) - Australia has encountered the most drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea the country has ever seen. The disease, detected in a central European tourist who reportedly contracted it in Sydney, is being called a "sex superbug" by the UK's Independent . While clinics in Australia and New Zealand are boosting their... More »

400K Americans Have Chlamydia, Don't Know It

Almost a quarter of 1.8M US cases undiagnosed

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans—especially black teenage girls—have a disease that could leave them infertile but don't know it, federal health officials warn. Researchers say that around 1.7% of men and women aged 14 to 39 have chlamydia, which adds up to 1.8 million cases... More »

Hospital Allegedly Posts Woman's STD Status Online

On a group called 'Team No Hoes'

(Newser) - A Cincinnati woman is suing the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after an employee allegedly posted her medical records—including her name, personal information, and diagnosis for syphilis—to a Facebook group called "Team No Hoes," WLWT reports. The lawsuit alleges that the woman's ex-boyfriend, Raphael Bradley,... More »

Is Prostate Cancer an STD?

Researchers link it to infection

(Newser) - Prostate cancer may be tied to an infection transmitted during sex, researchers report. They call for more investigation into the possibility that the cancer could be associated with trichomoniasis, the world's most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection. Trichomoniasis affects some 275 million people, the BBC reports, and many have... More »

Major CDC Shift: Use Pill to Block AIDS

Advice for at-risk groups is big policy shift

(Newser) - With HIV infection rates stubbornly high for a decade and condom use actually decreasing, federal health officials now recommend groups most at risk of AIDS start taking a daily pill. The Truvada pill has been shown to vastly reduce infection rates and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's... More »

Syphilis Makes Big Comeback

Cases nearly double in recent years, especially among men

(Newser) - Syphilis cases are rising sharply in the US, especially among gay and bisexual men, reports the CDC . The highest rates were among black men, but white and Hispanic men also saw noticeable increases, reports Reuters . From 2005 to 2013, the number of syphilis cases nearly doubled from 8,724 to... More »

Sex Between Women Spreads HIV in Rare Case

CDC says it's the first confirmed case of this occurring

(Newser) - It's rare but definitely not impossible for HIV to be transmitted by sexual contact between women, according to a paper published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the first confirmed case of its kind, the CDC believes one Texas woman infected another with HIV... More »

Dogs Pass Oldest-Known Cancer by Having Sex

The venereal tumor dates back 11,000 years, say UK scientists

(Newser) - Scientists have spotted the oldest-known living form of cancer, and it's an odd one—passed sexually from dog to dog over the past 11,000 years, the Smithsonian reports. By decoding the cancer's genome, British researchers found that it dates back to a dog with short, dark fur... More »

Gynecologists Cleared to Treat Men

Board drops 'no male patients' rule

(Newser) - The name of the profession comes from the Greek for "the study of women," but gynecologists have been cleared to treat male patients without fear of sanctions. The board that oversees obstetrician-gynecologists has eased a rule that threatened to pull certification from any gynecologists that treated men, reports... More »

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