In addition to love and happiness, you can now find your way to STD testing centers on Tinder. Sounds like a weird feature, right? You don’t know the half of it.
People are crap at estimating risk. They’re scared of flying, for example, even though it’s far less likely that their metal sky-bird will crash and burn than their car will get crushed by a truck on the way to the airport. Combine that with a tendency to get judgey about sex, and you’ll find attitudes that can have…
Some strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer, so you often hear about it as a ‘female’ sexually-transmitted infection. It’s not — it’s a human thing, and all humans can get infected. Here’s what happens when males get it.
When the TeenTech Awards announced their 2015 winners last week, news outlets far and wide swooned over the concept of color-changing condoms that detected STDs proposed by three teenaged students. The idea is brilliant as it is bizarre—but don’t expect to see these in stores anytime soon.
In the 1940s, a young American doctor went to Guatemala to do medical experiments. He was funded by the venerable U.S. National Institutes of Health, but he did not make anyone healthy. Instead, he deliberately exposed 1,300 people to sexually transmitted diseases.
Correctly used, condoms do a damn good job of preventing STDs (and pregnancy!). But nobody's gonna say no to an improvement that ups those odds. Say, a condom coated in antiviral gel that kills up t0 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus. Australia just said yes, and hopefully the U.S. isn't far…
The number of syphilis cases is on the rise, and some public health officials think it's because of Grindr. Well, Grindr and Adam4Adam and, presumably, Tinder and Hinge and OkCupid. These apps all make it easier to find people to have sex with, so naturally they cause more people to get STDs, right? Not exactly.
There's really no easy way to tell the person you're sleeping with that you have an STD. Whether it's something easily treatable or an incurable virus, it's just not a conversation anyone ever wants to have. So, better to just not have that conversation at all.
In the first instance of gene transfer between a human host and bacteria, Gonorrhea was recently discovered to have a human DNA fragment. What the..how the..huh? Supposedly, it's a relatively recent evolutionary event and scientists have no idea what it means. And though it's a pseudo love story between star crossed…
Soon, all you'll need to test yourself for STDs is a computer chip, some urine, and a smartphone. For serious! You can finally the ignominy of a gonorrhea diagnosis in the privacy of your own bathroom.