Sex Isn't As Risky As You Think It Is

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… »11/13/15 1:50pm11/13/15 1:50pm


A Nanotech-Powered AIDS-Killing Condom Is Closer than Ever

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… »7/22/14 4:26pm7/22/14 4:26pm

A STD Love Story: Gonorrhea Takes a Piece of Human DNA Forever

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..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… »2/15/11 1:20am2/15/11 1:20am