Yesterday, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation held a press conference with several porn performers who have received positive HIV tests, including three who have worked at local porn producer Kink.com. Cameron Bay, who performed at Kink.com on July 31, received a positive HIV test on Aug. 21. (She tes ... More >>
Today is Female Condom Day, where women and gay men -- or any closeted Republican who likes anal sex -- are being asked to pay respect and attention to the condom just as they would a sucker on National Lollipop Day.That means you should definitely have a quickie today -- you deserve it.It's the fir ... More >>
It appears the educators over in Fresno might have eaten one too many fried chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A . In the small suburb of Clovis, the school district is refusing to teach kids about sex prevention, telling students instead to abstain from the natural act, and "get plenty of rest" to s ... More >>
Truvada, the first drug shown to drastically reduce the spread of HIV, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration today as a successful preventative measure for people at high risk of contracting the virus. Produced by Foster City-based biotech company Gilead Sciences Inc., Truvada h ... More >>
It's that time of year again. This Sunday, a crowd of 25,000 is expected to gather at Golden Gate Park to begin a 6.2-mile trek across the city to raise millions for the San Francisco Aids Foundation and other Bay Area HIV/AIDS organizations. The 26th Annual SF AIDS Walk claims the money raised by ... More >>
As we've noted before, San Francisco is a hotbed of sexually transmitted diseases, and it's not just because we aren't regularly using condoms. It's also because we aren't regularly getting tested for STDs.But Bay Area health departments are making it so that you really have no excuse to not get tes ... More >>
The only thing that might make Good Friday even better for some is a loud protest of the Catholic Church. We'll leave that one to San Francisco's AIDS activists who have made a long list of institutions they plan to shame today, including banks, cops, and Catholics.To remember the 20,000 San Francis ... More >>
In many ways, without AIDS, there would be no medical marijuana. But there could be a twist, according to new research: With medical marijuana (or synthetic marijuana-like compounds), there could be less AIDS.Researchers believe there's a link between cannabis use -- or at least drugs that share ... More >>
Planned Parenthood doesn't shy away from provocative gimmicks in its efforts to promote sex education and reproductive health; earlier this week, we brought you the news that the nonprofit has launched a new campaign encouraging people to "check in" to a special social network when they don condoms ... More >>
While they have the attention of lovers and horny people everywhere, health officials are camping onto Valentine's Day to promote National Condom Week. And that's probably a good idea, considering the news last week detailing San Francisco's STD problem. Today, the California Family Health Counci ... More >>
Do you need someone from the health department to slip it in for you?Just a year ago, the city's Health Department proudly released the female condom 2 with forceful fanfare. But after reviewing some preliminary stats on STD cases over the last year, we've concluded that those touted contraceptiv ... More >>
You, too, can have a Trent Arsenault baby.The SF Weekly newsroom boasts the strange distinction of sitting above a fertility clinic. That means the morning elevator ride is often shared with anxious females gripping the hand of their nervous sperm donor/partner. It also means that in dull mo ... More >>
Today is World AIDS Day, and the men and women who have devoted themselves to fighting this pandemic -- from Bono to former President George W. Bush -- can justifiably take credit for a lot of progress.The day has particular resonance in San Francisco, which was at the forefront of formulating a ... More >>
Wonder how he feels about Jeff Sheehy ... In this election, Mayor Ed Lee has been called many charming names -- crooked, double-crossing, sneaky, Republican. Now he can add "dick" to that growing list of insults. According to the Bay Area Reporter, Jeff Sheehy, who was the HIV czar f ... More >>
Big business?An Arcata woman is suing national reproductive-medicine groups, alleging that they and their member fertility clinics have engaged in a price-fixing scheme to underpay female donors for their eggs.In her lawsuit, filed this week in San Francisco's federal courthouse, plaintiff Justin ... More >>
For what it's worth Even when it comes to donating eggs and sperm, men are seemingly getter a better deal financially. Women across the United States are standing up to fertility clinics, claiming they are not properly compensating them for their donated eggs. According to a class action lawsuit ... More >>
GloomyCorp/FlickrGolden globes: Poster advertising the 2006 Ball Cup.The Huffington Post reports today on the seventh annual World Testicle Cooking Championship, taking place in Ozrem, Serbia. On the menu at the so-called Ball Cup: testicles from kangaroo, camel, ostrich, boar, and bulls; bee ... More >>
The female condom is awkward. Cheaper female condoms! Come get yer cheaper female condoms!Yeah. That's really what's up. A newer, cheaper female condom, FC2, as in, Female Condom 2 (wildly creative, right?) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009. It costs about 65 per ... More >>
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed a state budget that will cut roughly $82.1 million from the state's Office of AIDS, says that office's chief, Dr. Michelle Roland. The state cuts promise to disproportionately hit cities like San Francisco, which is among the nation's top ... More >>
The real-life discontinuation of the women's contraceptive, the Today Sponge, inspired one of the most memorable episodes of the television show Seinfeld. Upon discovering that her birth control method of choice would soon disappear from stores, the sexually active (and apparently responsible) Elain ... More >>
San Francisco Department of Public HealthThe Penismobile is a hybrid? We were sure it'd be a Jaguar XKEYou don't always say this about penises, but in San Francisco, they come in threes. First there was the walking, advice-dispensing dong featured in a locally produced health film/soap opera.Then th ... More >>
Coming soon to an STD clinic near you! The San Francisco Department of Public Health is proud to announce that Safe in the City -- a dramatic 23-minute STD prevention video developed by an SFDPH official -- has given the Centers for Disease Control a giant boner. This week, ... More >>
The etiquette of 21st-century dating is ever-evolving. And, to those who remember the days when safe sex meant remembering to set the parking brake on your Oldsmobile, the notion of an automated, impersonal e-card informing whomever you banged last night that you exposed him or her to syphilis/crabs ... More >>
When in a city beginning with the letter "M," pack your own condoms -- or elseThe results of the Centers for Disease Control's annual survey on whether we've been naughty or nice are in again -- and there's a whole lotta shaking (and itching, burning, and blistering) going on. Educated folks can arg ... More >>
By Matt SmithWhile doomsayers bemoan America's ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center may have turned up a brilliant silver lining.Thanks to desperate recruiting methods required to staff those wars, the U.S. Marines may be t ... More >>
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