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Gonorrhea May Beat All Known Drugs by 2021

WHO makes changes to recommended treatments

(Newser) - The WHO is changing up its policy for battling gonorrhea for the first time in more than a decade as antibiotic-resistant strains continue to spread worldwide . The organization now recommends that doctors give up using the class of antibiotics known as quinolones and instead prescribe another class called cephalosporins, reports... More »

New Condom Shatters Crowdfunding Goal

Swedish company calls HEX 'first major condom innovation in 70 years'

(Newser) - What would a condom that successfully imparted "a new feeling of intimacy and comfort never felt in condoms before" be worth? Seven figures, apparently. The Swedish company LELO, which has enjoyed a pleasurable ride selling millions of award-winning sex toys worldwide, recently announced that it has managed to raise... More »

'Super Gonorrhea' May Go Global, Become Untreatable

Cases are skyrocketing in UK, causing 'huge concern' drugs could stop working altogether

(Newser) - Last year's emergence of so-called "super gonorrhea" in Leeds hasn't ended in the UK city. The STD is now popping up in new British cities including London, and doctors are worried it may spread faster just as it becomes untreatable. Because the STD is so good at... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Craigslist Personals Drive HIV Spike

A decade of research shows a 16% jump in transmissions when Craigslist arrives

(Newser) - Those "personals" ads on Craigslist are bringing more than hot dates to a neighborhood near you. When Craigslist enters a new market, the rate of reported HIV cases in the area jumps 16%, according to new research out of the University of Minnesota and published in the journal MIS ... More »

Prove You're STD-Free? There's an App for That

Healthvana lets you quickly share sexual history with partners via smartphone

(Newser) - You're dating, things are going great—and then comes that awkward moment when your partner casually inquires, "So, hey, um … got any STDs?" Well, next time that happens, you can verbally relay your sexual history or you can whip out your smartphone and call up Healthvana, a... More »

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