Health

New Study Says Weed Enhances and Increases Sex

Recent scientific studies substantiate what many marijuana users have claimed all along — that it enhances sexual relations. Currently, almost all research into the effects of the cannabis plant is prohibited by the U.S. government due to its classification as a Schedule I substance. However, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, while nine states have also legalized adult use of recreational marijuana. Legalization benefits academia, as it finally allows researchers to study and analyze marijuana's effects, including its impact on sexual intercourse.

STD Rates AT A 4 Year High In The US, CDC Reports

New cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis spiked nearly 10 percent in 2017, continuing a four-year trend of rising sexually transmitted diseases fueled by a lack of awareness and changing sexual behavior, federal health officials said Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 2.29 million new cases of these three common yet treatable sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in 2017.

Study Says Depression Is Killing Gay Men

Via Psychology Today: 

It’s well known to the point of stereotype that gay men experience higher rates of HIV, substance abuse, and suicide. But it’s less known, and hardly talked about, that we also have much higher rates of depression, especially those of us living with HIV, despite the causal relationship of depression and self-medicating and self-harming behavior.

You might call depression the big gray elephant in the room staring us in the face as we do our best to ignore it.

AIDS Conference 2018: People With Undetectable Levels of HIV Can't Transmit The Virus

We’re as confident now that undetectable gay men pose no risk of HIV transmission as we already were for heterosexuals, researchers say

The chance of any HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a sexual partner is scientifically equivalent to zero, researchers confirmed at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam today. 

Science Explains Why Morning Wood Is Good For Your Health

Every morning when you get up, there are probably a few things you do like clockwork: pee, brush your teeth, pour your morning cup of coffee, etc. You also probably have an erection.

Morning wood, a.k.a. the boner you get the first thing you wake up in the morning, a.k.a. nocturnal penile tumescence (say that 10 times fast!), is extremely common. In fact, if you don't get morning wood, it could be a sign that there's something wrong with the plumbing down there.

Sometimes You Need To Be Alone With Yourself

Sometimes it’s okay if you don’t have all the answers and you want to look for them alone. It’s okay if you don’t want anyone else to disturb your voice. It’s okay if you want to take a different road and get lost by yourself instead of asking for directions to a place you don’t really want to go to. Sometimes you just have to be by yourself when people drain you more than inspire you. When they judge you more than understand you. When they make you feel even more alone.

Trump Administration drains HIV/AIDS funding to pay for child migrant detention

The Trump administration is reportedly draining money from HIV treatment programmes in order to fund child migrant detention.

Slate reports that budget documents show funding has been reallocated within the Department of Health and Human Services from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to pay for the Trump administration’s aggressive stance on child migrants, which may require thousands of people to be detained.

Bottoms: Get Your Doctor To Test Your Throat And Rectum For STIs

A typical STD check includes a visual inspection (looking for open sores, chancres, or pus), swabs, a blood draw for HIV and syphilis tests, and a urine sample for gonorrhea and chlamydia tests. The problem? Gonorrhea can exist in the throat or rectum without testing positive in a urine sample, and not testing these areas can lead to the STI going undiagnosed, which can further spread the disease. Not great, especially given that oral sex is at the root of the current spread of an untreatable strain of gonorrhea. 

CVS Sued After Revealing HIV Status Of 6000 Customers

CVS Health is being sued for unintentionally revealing the HIV-positive status of up to 6,000 Ohioans through a mailing about prescriptions to their homes.

The federal lawsuit filed last week asks for class action status and a jury trial to award damages to those affected.

The three John Doe plaintiffs are HIV-positive men living in Delaware, Defiance and Gallia counties in Ohio. They are all clients of the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program, which contracted with CVS Caremark as its pharmacy benefit manager in March of 2017.

Grindr Is Sharing Users HIV Status And Location Data With Corporations For Profit

Via Buzzfeed: 

The gay hookup app Grindr, which has more than 3.6 million daily active users across the world, has been providing its users’ HIV status to two other companies, BuzzFeed News has learned.

The two companies — Apptimize and Localytics, which help optimize apps — receive some of the information that Grindr users choose to include in their profiles, including their HIV status and “last tested date.”