Hospital admissions for easily treatable STIs rise amid funding cuts in England
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Michael Goodier
4d ago
Council spending on sexual health services down by more than a third since 2013, Guardian analysis finds People are being hospitalised for sexual health conditions that are easily treatable in local clinics, experts have warned, with some council budgets being cut by up to two-thirds over 10 years. A Guardian analysis of English council spending on sexual health services found national cuts of more than a third since 2013, despite a rise in consultations for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). English councils spent £9.58 a head on sexual health services – including STI testing and treatme ..read more
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Gonorrhoea found to be on rise in nearly every council area in England and Wales
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Tobi Thomas
1M ago
Increase in syphilis also recorded in most council areas as sexual health services face greater demand, says LGA report Almost every council area in England and Wales has seen a rise in gonorrhoea diagnoses, figures show, as sexual health services face “unprecedented increases in demand”. With gonorrhoea, the rate of diagnosis has increased in 97% of council areas since 2017, while 71% have seen increases in cases of syphilis over the same period, according to figures based on analysis of data from the office for health disparities by the Local Government Association (LGA ..read more
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Why is Australia still waiting for a male contraceptive pill?
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by Tory Shepherd
1M ago
Sixty years after ‘the father of the pill’ predicted a male version would come, vasectomies and condoms remain the only contraceptive options for men Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A male contraceptive pill will eventually be produced, but it will have to overcome “the attitude of men”, the American biologist Gregory Pincus said. Pincus, the “father of the pill” for women, made that prediction when visiting Sydney – in 1964. The pill had arrived in Australia just three years earlier, bringing the sexual revolution with it. Since then, the hormonal l ..read more
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Deep space astronauts may be prone to erectile dysfunction, study finds
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by Ian Sample Science editor
3M ago
Galactic cosmic rays can impair function of erectile tissues, research in rats shows As if homesickness, wasting muscles, thinner bones, an elevated cancer risk, the inescapable company of overachievers and the prospect of death in the endless vacuum of space were not enough to contend with, male astronauts may return from deep space prone to erectile dysfunction, scientists say. In what is claimed to be the first study to assess the impact of galactic radiation and weightlessness on male sexual health, Nasa-funded researchers found that galactic cosmic rays, and to a lesser extent microgravit ..read more
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Tampon that tests for STIs created by British startup
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Sarah Marsh Consumer affairs correspondent
3M ago
Daye’s product doubles as PCR test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and other common infections A tampon is being repurposed to screen for sexually transmitted infections, with the at-home test aiming to encourage more women to seek treatment. The gynaecological health startup Daye has launched an STI diagnostic tampon, which uses a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to check for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas, mycoplasma and ureaplasma, with the tampon used in place of a swab or speculum ..read more
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Will my genital herpes mean I never have sex again?
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Pamela Stephenson Connolly
4M ago
I tell men about my condition and they never stick around. I don’t know what to do I’m a 53-year-old woman and have genital herpes; as a result I don’t think anyone will want to have sex with me again. I tried herpes dating sites, but the men my age aren’t able to maintain an erection. I feel as if I am going to die without ever having sex again. I’m so lonely. I tell men before we have sex that I have herpes and they never stick around. Tonight, I was contacted by a man on Tinder and he wanted to have sex with me, which was a shock. I bought condoms and lubricant but then his Tinder chat disa ..read more
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Climate action must focus on women’s health | Letter
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Guardian Staff
4M ago
Christina Chilimba on how extreme weather events such as Cyclone Freddy in Malawi can affect the health and rights of women and girls I was pleased to read your piece shining a light on the intersection of the climate crisis and its impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights (Climate crisis is ‘not gender neutral’: UN calls for more policy focus on women, 10 October). In my homeland, Malawi, I have witnessed first-hand the devastating consequences of climate change on women and girls. The aftermath of Cyclone Freddy, which struck in March this year, is a true testament to this. Thousa ..read more
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Climate crisis is ‘not gender neutral’: UN calls for more policy focus on women
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Sarah Johnson
4M ago
Only a third of countries with climate crisis plans include access to sexual, maternal and newborn health services, UNFPA report finds Only a third of countries include sexual and reproductive health in their national plans to tackle the climate crisis, the UN has warned. Of the 119 countries that have published plans, only 38 include access to contraception, maternal and newborn health services and just 15 make any reference to violence against women, according to a report published by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Queen Mary University of London on Tuesday ..read more
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Eva wanted the morning after-pill after a sexual assault. Confronting pharmacy questions left her ‘frustrated’
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Natasha May
5M ago
Questionnaire used by some pharmacies contravenes best-practice guidelines and is potentially causing patients harm Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The morning after she was sexually assaulted in April 2021, Eva* went to a Chemist Warehouse to pick up emergency contraception and antidepressants. “I was not coping very well at time,” she says. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup ..read more
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Don’t feel pressured, learn to ‘simmer’ and keep experimenting: how to have great sex at every stage of life
The Guardian | Sexual health
by Rhiannon Batten
6M ago
Expert tips on a fun, fulfilling sex life – for teenagers, octogenarians and anyone in between Don’t worry if your first time isn’t perfect“It’s not helpful to think of sex as having one big ‘first time’. You’ll probably have lots of first times,” says Milly Evans, author of Honest: Everything They Don’t Tell You About Sex, Relationships and Bodies Instead, she advises breaking it down into all the individual firsts you might have – “your first time having oral sex, penetrative sex, using hands or using toys”. Even if you experience all of these with one person, there will be a whole new set o ..read more
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