Sexual education is extremely important, and yet a lack of standardization means that schoolchildren all over the country receive very different information, some of which is false and a lot of which includes shaming kids (mainly girls) who have had or want to have sex.
After we learned that the island nation has had a cancer-suppressing vaccine for several years, it seemed impossible the country could have achieved another medical milestone -- until the World Health Organization announced that Cuba had become the "first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to baby."
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?
Condoms are cheap and effective, but they also diminish sexual pleasure, and that gets in the way of lifesaving.
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.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, including one reported in Japan in 2008, have spread to countries around the world, infecting more than 100 million people a year, in part because symptoms have become harder to detect, the World Health Organization says.
The United States conducted experiments on unsuspecting Guatemalans in the 1940s in order to test the effectiveness of penicillin on STDs. According to the BBC, "some 1,300 prisoners, psychiatric patients and sex workers were deliberately infected with syphilis, gonorrhea" and other diseases. (more)