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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an 11 percent rise in syphilis and a 4 percent increase in gonorrhea cases in 2012 in the U.S. But what does the XY chromosome have to do with these sexually transmitted diseases?

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Women who carry around condoms -- including sex workers who use them to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases -- are being criminalized in cities across the United States, as police agencies view possession of prophylactics as evidence of prostitution.

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