In an interesting and unsettling turn of events, gonorrhea, a.k.a. ‘the clap,’ might soon become resistant to the antibiotics typically used to treat it. If it does, unprotected and casual sex will be a whole lot riskier.
I’m not proud of it. As someone who’s at high risk for HIV infection, I have a spotty relationship with safe sex. I came of age in the ’90s, when rappers like Salt-N-Pepa and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes frequently spit rhymes about rubbers. I volunteered in a South African AIDS orphanage in the early 2000s and saw first-hand the effects of unprotected sex. I even had my own close brush with HIV infection nearly 10 years ago. And yet, I don’t always do the right thing.
THE SUN IS coming out and your clothes are coming off. It’s time for a spring fling, baby. But are you ready for action? Sales for one of the world’s biggest condom manufacturers, Ansell, heat up with the temperature, whether it’s the company’s Lifestyles line in the US and Australia, KamaSutra in India, Manix in France, or Blowtex in Brazil. To keep up with demand, 5 million condoms slide off factory lines every day—hopefully never to slip off anything else again.
Condoms are your friend. If maps like this one haven’t inspired you tokeep a box or two around the house, then this little bit of news should certainly provide enough of a push: a sexually transmitted infectionyou’ve most certainly never even heard of is now believed to be impacting “hundreds of thousands” of people.
The Ebola virus can remain in semen for longer than previously thought, and so men who survive the disease should always use a condom during sex until more information is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.