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Here we are in 2014 yet still dealing with the same fear and ignorance as the AIDS scare of the 1980s.
Most of you are too young to remember the mass hysteria surrounding AIDS. People thought they could become infected by simply being in the same room as someone with HIV.
Nothing’s changed. Fear and ignorance still reign supreme. #smdh

Here we are in 2014 yet still dealing with the same fear and ignorance as the AIDS scare of the 1980s.

Most of you are too young to remember the mass hysteria surrounding AIDS. People thought they could become infected by simply being in the same room as someone with HIV.

Nothing’s changed. Fear and ignorance still reign supreme. #smdh

(Source: whitehouse)

Adult Swim: “Film Piracy Feeds Babies”

"A recent report claims film piracy costs the economy $20 billion annually. We say this is super misleading. Film piracy may cost the ‘film industry’ 20 billion but that money still goes into the economy. People will buy shoes or comic books or cataract surgery or even baby formula instead of spending that money on movie tickets. We say film piracy feeds babies."

Adult Swim: “Film Piracy Feeds Babies”

"A recent report claims film piracy costs the economy $20 billion annually. We say this is super misleading. Film piracy may cost the ‘film industry’ 20 billion but that money still goes into the economy. People will buy shoes or comic books or cataract surgery or even baby formula instead of spending that money on movie tickets. We say film piracy feeds babies."

Florida Doctors Refusing To Treat Patients With Insurance Through The ACA

Just a reminder folks. The ACA is NOT insurance. It’s a buyer’s club. My partner got his Blue Cross insurance through the ACA. It is indistinguishable from Blue Cross bought anywhere else. So I’m confused how these doctors know that these insurance plans were bought through the ACA.

Well that happens with any insurance plan. If you don’t pay your premiums on time, your insurance lapses. But something else is going on here.

Insurance has gotten too complicated. There’s too much paperwork. There are too many rules and restrictions.

And if these allegations are true, these doctors need to lose their licenses.

(Source: youngprogressivevoices)

fuckyeahlgbt:

kabutocub:

fujl:

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kabutocub:

Ok, so I figured that perhaps not everyone is aware that this is available to use now, especially the younger folk out there.

This is OraQuick, and it is an FDA-Approved, in-home HIV test that provides results in about 20 minutes. I’m not sure about the availabilty of this product (or similar ones) in other countries, but in the U.S. you can purchase these at Walgreens for a mere 35 bucks, and you can even have them delivered to your door for complete anonymity.

Reading the results is easy. One line you are negative, two lines you are positive.

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Why is this important? Well I know for a fact that a lot of guys say they are HIV negative without really getting tested, or they base that on some really old test result. There is no excuse now. You can get this in the mail if you want, and know for sure in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Its good peace of mind. And if you meet someone new and you are planning on playing around, its an easy and cheap thing to do to know where you guys stand. It builds trust right off the bat. Being safe is not just about wearing a condom. Its a combination of many things like trust, knowing the person, closeness, and being a good judge of character. Now on top of that you can keep up with your HIV status on a regular basis. :)

This is important for people to know, I never knew it existed

This is how my boyfriend and I tested before we started bareback in together after being with each other for 3 months. It’s super easy.

I know that it’s scary, believe me, I don’t practice risky behaviors and my anxiety was through the roof. It’s so important though you guys.

They even give you a non-descript bag to dispose of everything in.

I’m glad this is going around. :) Spread the word.

It’s also important to note that this is an oral swab test, so there’s no need to fear if you’re scared of needles! Know your status. Stay safe. 

Reblogging because every single person who has ever had sex or is planning to have sex needs to be aware of their sexual health.

It is really important for people to know their HIV status, not just those in the LGBT community.

Bisexual men face unique challenges to their sexual health

Bisexual men have many unmet public health needs, which leave them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other health problems. This new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illuminates the behavioral, interpersonal, and social realities of men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), and it explores possible interventions to better serve their needs. The findings are published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

MSMW represent a small portion of the population, with about 2% of sexually active males reporting sex with both men and women. Although low in numbers, the bisexual male population is disproportionally affected by HIV and STIs. According to study author William L. Jeffries IV, PhD, MPH, MA, factors that may affect the sexual health of MSMW include sex without condoms, early sexual debut, forced sexual encounters, increased numbers of sexual partners, substance use, exchange sex, risk behaviors of their male and female partners, and attitudes toward pregnancy. These factors shape MSMW’s vulnerability to HIV and STIs in ways that distinguish bisexual men from gay and heterosexual men. Negative attitudes toward bisexual individuals, economic barriers, masculinity norms, and the meanings associated with their sexual identities are among the social factors that may negatively influence their sexual partnerships and risks for HIV/STIs.

While HIV prevalence among MSMW is lower than among gay men, MSMW are more likely than heterosexual men to become infected with HIV. Also, MSMW are less likely than gay men to be tested for HIV, which can lead to undiagnosed HIV and transmission to partners. Along with HIV, other STIs are common among MSMW, with 21% of these men reporting STI treatment in the past year, compared to 12% for gay men and 2.3% of heterosexual men.

Dr Jeffries goes on to say…

“…desires to prevent pregnancy may prompt some MSMW to consistently use condoms with women,” Dr. Jeffries explains in the paper. “Yet, MSMW may avoid condom use when their female partners use other contraceptives or when female partners perceive condom use as a sign of relationship infidelity.”

Get Tested!

Know your HIV status!

Knowledge is power!

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You Have To Have A Sense Of Humor To Read Your Own Medical Records.

You Have To Have A Sense Of Humor To Read Your Own Medical Records. X-Rays

So, I went in for X-Rays last week as part of a post-procedure checkup to see if the Lithotripsy did what it was supposed to do. — For those of you just tuning in, I’ve been dealing with an uncooperative right kidney for almost a decade. After three procedures, each with varying degrees of success, I underwent lithotripsy in order to remove the last of the debris that was floating around in there.

According to the report, there’s still some “scattered calcific densities” floating around but the large 8mm behemoth is gone. Yay!

Here’s the thing, though. Have you ever read your own medical records? If you haven’t, you better make sure you’ve got a sense of humor. A cup of espresso wouldn’t hurt either as there’s a lot of repetition and technical language. But the sense of humor is important because, well… Here’s a quote from my X-Ray report…

The bowel gas pattern is normal… The bones are grossly unremarkable.

Say what!? For the sake of decency, I’ll leave my bowel gas pattern to the professionals, but my poor bones. — They say beauty is only skin deep but, apparently, my bones are “grossly unremarkable”.

Ah well. It made me laugh and I hope it did you too.

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Penn and Teller on Vaccinations - Video

The thing that parents who don’t vaccinate their children forget is the danger their children pose to others. A sick child can infect someone with a weakened immune system. People with cancer, HIV, and even the elderly can become fatally ill because of YOUR CHILD!

You can bet your ass that if your child was responsible for the death of someone I love, there would be legal consequences.

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend…

"E. coli outbreak linked to sprouts; hummus, dips, walnuts recalled."

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

This has been a big week for food product recalls and the risk of food borne illness.

Seven confirmed and three likely cases of E. coli infection linked to raw clover sprouts have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The patients are all in either Idaho or Washington. Half the people who have fallen ill have been hospitalized.

Preliminary investigations indicate the likely source of this outbreak are raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Idaho, the CDC said. The state departments of health in Washington and Idaho are telling consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.

Meanwhile, hummus and dip products totaling about 14,860 pounds are being voluntarily recalled by Lansal Inc. amid concerns about possible bacterial contamination.

At the same time, Sherman Produce is recalling some bulk and packaged walnuts sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois.

These two recalls are precautionary measures against possible Listeria monocytogenes, which may cause serious and even fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with either recall, the respective companies said.

Both companies advise consumers who bought the recalled products to throw them out or return them for a full refund. The products should not be eaten.

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ap sex ed.

because public school sex ed sucks.

Oh my gosh amazing, accurate, GENDER NEUTRAL graphics?! I’ve died and gone to sex educator heaven. (The only thing better would be the inclusion of Intersex genitalia)

I suspect that it would be difficult to include intersex genitalia because, according to isna.org, “Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.

I do believe there needs to be better intersex awareness so that when parents and doctors are confronted with an intersexed newborn, they understand that it’s okay not to immediately assign the child a sex, because assigning a child the wrong sex leads to a lifetime of emotional, as well as physical pain.

  • BTW- Being intersexed does not equal being gay. The reason the “I” was added to the LGBTQIA acronym was because intersex people are part of the greater sexual minority community.
  • For more information go check out isna.org
helvetebrann:

scienceyoucanlove:

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says
"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story.
Susan Brink
for National Geographic
PUBLISHED MAY 1, 2014

The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization’s first global report on antibiotic resistance.
Once-common treatments for everyday intestinal and urinary tract infections, for pneumonia, for infections in newborns, and for diseases like gonorrhea are no longer working in many people.
The new report on the global threat adds to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report last year showing that two million people in the United States are infected annually with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 23,000 of them die each year as a result.
To understand the dangers posed by superbugs, National Geographic spoke with Stuart Levy, chair of the board of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
What exactly are superbugs?
They are bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics, and they make it difficult to treat or cure infections that once were easily treated. The antibiotic has lost its ability to control or kill bacterial growth. The bacteria can grow even in a sea of antibiotics because the antibiotic doesn’t touch them.
How are the bacteria able to circumvent the power of antibiotics?
The bacteria have acquired the ability to destroy the antibiotic in order to protect themselves. They’ve developed a gene for resistance to, say, penicillin, and that gene protects them. A genetic mutation might enable a bacteria to produce enzymes that inactivate antibiotics. Or [a mutation] might eliminate the target that the antibiotic is supposed to attack.
A bacteria may have developed resistance to five or six antibiotics, so in treatment, you don’t know which one to choose. And the bacteria accumulate resistance by developing new genes. Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story.
Why are these superbugs spreading and the threat growing?
We’re continuing to use antibiotics in a bad way. They’re supposed to be used to combat bacteria, not viruses. The common cold is a virus. Any time you use an antibiotic when it’s not needed, you’re pushing antibiotic resistance ahead. People are misusing them in their homes. They may have a stockpile they’ve saved, and think taking [an antibiotic] will help them with a cold. They’re not helping their cold, and they’re propagating resistance.
What about other uses, such as using antibiotics in animal feed by the meat industry?
This is a big issue. About 80 percent of antibiotics manufactured are given to beef cattle, chickens, and hogs to help them grow better and put on more weight. They excrete them, and the antibiotics largely are not broken down. They enter the environment—the ground and the water—and retain their ability to affect bacteria and promote antibiotic resistance.
The Food and Drug Administration has come out with a voluntary plan for industry to phase out antibiotic use. I’ve been championing this for 30 years.
How can we combat the further growth and spread of superbugs?
By using antibiotics only when we need them. And by eliminating their use in animals. There’s a paucity of new antibiotics to take care of these multiresistant superbugs, so we’re at the mercy of the bacteria.
Are there new antibiotics in development?
The journal Microbe did a report this month on wakening to the need for new antibiotics. There are a number of new antibiotics being studied. They’re not there yet, but at least they’re in the pipeline.
text and photo from Nat Geo


Two things you can do, folks!
1) Don’t ask for antibiotics.  See your doctor, let your doctor diagnose you, and let your doctor decide if you need medicine or not.  A virus doesn’t need antibiotics!  
2) If your doctor prescribes you antibiotics, take the FULL amount prescribed for the FULL length prescribed.  Do not take only three and think that because you “feel better” you can stop taking them.
Yes, those things are minor compared to the larger problem, but they definitely do help!

ANNNNNNDDDDD….
STAY AWAY FROM ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP!!!
Anti-bacterial products kill ALL bacteria, good bacteria too! Yes, there’s good bacteria.
Your body needs to be able to fight infection. It needs practice. Without practice, your body cannot fight off bad bacteria. 
At the risk of being redundant…
If you have a virus, you need an anti-viral. Antibiotics are useless against viral infections, like the common cold. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections, period.
Exercise your immune system! Let a cold run it’s course. There is no cure for the common cold, just relief for symptoms.
And finally… Wash you hands! …especially before leaving the restroom! - Washing your hands regularly will help to keep viruses at bay. We don’t need to be adding more chemicals into our water supply. If antibacterial soup kills ALL the bacteria on your hands, imagine what it’s killing in our rivers and oceans.

helvetebrann:

scienceyoucanlove:

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story.

Susan Brink

for National Geographic

PUBLISHED MAY 1, 2014

The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization’s first global report on antibiotic resistance.

Once-common treatments for everyday intestinal and urinary tract infections, for pneumonia, for infections in newborns, and for diseases like gonorrhea are no longer working in many people.

The new report on the global threat adds to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report last year showing that two million people in the United States are infected annually with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 23,000 of them die each year as a result.

To understand the dangers posed by superbugs, National Geographic spoke with Stuart Levy, chair of the board of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

What exactly are superbugs?

They are bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics, and they make it difficult to treat or cure infections that once were easily treated. The antibiotic has lost its ability to control or kill bacterial growth. The bacteria can grow even in a sea of antibiotics because the antibiotic doesn’t touch them.

How are the bacteria able to circumvent the power of antibiotics?

The bacteria have acquired the ability to destroy the antibiotic in order to protect themselves. They’ve developed a gene for resistance to, say, penicillin, and that gene protects them. A genetic mutation might enable a bacteria to produce enzymes that inactivate antibiotics. Or [a mutation] might eliminate the target that the antibiotic is supposed to attack.

A bacteria may have developed resistance to five or six antibiotics, so in treatment, you don’t know which one to choose. And the bacteria accumulate resistance by developing new genes. Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story.

Why are these superbugs spreading and the threat growing?

We’re continuing to use antibiotics in a bad way. They’re supposed to be used to combat bacteria, not viruses. The common cold is a virus. Any time you use an antibiotic when it’s not needed, you’re pushing antibiotic resistance ahead. People are misusing them in their homes. They may have a stockpile they’ve saved, and think taking [an antibiotic] will help them with a cold. They’re not helping their cold, and they’re propagating resistance.

What about other uses, such as using antibiotics in animal feed by the meat industry?

This is a big issue. About 80 percent of antibiotics manufactured are given to beef cattle, chickens, and hogs to help them grow better and put on more weight. They excrete them, and the antibiotics largely are not broken down. They enter the environment—the ground and the water—and retain their ability to affect bacteria and promote antibiotic resistance.

The Food and Drug Administration has come out with a voluntary plan for industry to phase out antibiotic use. I’ve been championing this for 30 years.

How can we combat the further growth and spread of superbugs?

By using antibiotics only when we need them. And by eliminating their use in animals. There’s a paucity of new antibiotics to take care of these multiresistant superbugs, so we’re at the mercy of the bacteria.

Are there new antibiotics in development?

The journal Microbe did a report this month on wakening to the need for new antibiotics. There are a number of new antibiotics being studied. They’re not there yet, but at least they’re in the pipeline.

text and photo from Nat Geo

Two things you can do, folks!

1) Don’t ask for antibiotics.  See your doctor, let your doctor diagnose you, and let your doctor decide if you need medicine or not.  A virus doesn’t need antibiotics!  

2) If your doctor prescribes you antibiotics, take the FULL amount prescribed for the FULL length prescribed.  Do not take only three and think that because you “feel better” you can stop taking them.

Yes, those things are minor compared to the larger problem, but they definitely do help!

ANNNNNNDDDDD….

STAY AWAY FROM ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP!!!

Anti-bacterial products kill ALL bacteria, good bacteria too! Yes, there’s good bacteria.

Your body needs to be able to fight infection. It needs practice. Without practice, your body cannot fight off bad bacteria.

At the risk of being redundant…

  • If you have a virus, you need an anti-viral. Antibiotics are useless against viral infections, like the common cold. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections, period.
  • Exercise your immune system! Let a cold run it’s course. There is no cure for the common cold, just relief for symptoms.
  • And finally… Wash you hands! …especially before leaving the restroom! - Washing your hands regularly will help to keep viruses at bay. We don’t need to be adding more chemicals into our water supply. If antibacterial soup kills ALL the bacteria on your hands, imagine what it’s killing in our rivers and oceans.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Letter of the Week — POM Wonderful (Web Exclusive)

In response to a segment on food labeling, POM Wonderful sent John Oliver a refrigerator full of juice and an elegantly worded letter implying what we can do with it.

Best “Go F Yourself” letter ever! :))