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Open Relationships & HIV/STD’s


There is a study out that shows some interesting facts regarding ‘open relationships’. 

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that people who cheat on their partners are more likely to not use condoms and discuss their STD risks with their partners compared to those in open relationships. People in open relationships have clearer lines of communication and therefore not hiding their actions or living in secret ways that cheaters are, the research found. Surprising huh? 

  1. Researchers surveyed 308 people in “monogamous” relationships and 493 people in open relationships and asked them about their most recent hookups with partners outside of their primary relationships. According to MyHealthNews.com, here’s what they found:
  • 48%of cheating folks reported using a condom during sex with someone outside their relationship, compared with 66% of people in open relationships. 
  • 34% of people who cheat reported talking about their sexual history and previous STD testing before engaging in sex, compared with 63% of those in open relationships.
  • The cheaters were also less likely to sterilize sex toys or put condoms on them before using them, compared with those in open relationships.

If you were surprised as I with the findings then we learned something. Past studies show that cheaters don’t really think about the mental or physical risks they might be posing to their primary partners. Plus, if condoms are found by the other partner, that can be used as proof that they are cheating. So people, again; ALWAYS get tested with your yearly check up.  Your health is your business and should be #1.  Don’t take your health for granted. The researchers recommend couples begin having honest communications about what they define as monogamy and what the consequences are for breaking that trust. Now you know.

Tom Thayer

info: http://www.bet.com/news/health/2012/04/26/people-in-open-relationships-less-likely-to-contract-stds-compared-to-cheaters.html

Condoms,College and Spring Break


Ahhh college days. If you’ve never been its quite an experience.  So many people thrown together away from parents and your now making decisions on your own.  That’s now where problems begin.

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine Women completed a study.  They found that women gradually used condoms less frequently during their first year of college. This was particularly true for women who binge drink, have lower grade point averages or come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.  The research is published online in the Journal of Sex Research.

College is a time when young people are more sexually active and use condoms inconsistently. We know unprotected sex puts women at greater risk for unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STI/STD). 

Of the 279 females that were surveyed nearly 75% of participants were caucasian.  The study also revealed several unexpected predictors of initial condom use. African American women, women who did not smoke marijuana, women who said they are less likely to practice safe sex after drinking and women with more previous sexual partners were less likely to use condoms at the start of the study. That should get your attention if you’re a parent.

ARE does outreach and HIV Testing on the campuses of Shenandoah University & James Madison University.  We are always stunned at the amount of no HIV knowledge to risks taken aftering drinking.  Spring break is upon the colleges and the students are swarming to famous watering holes.  Upon returning, we hope they are only bringing back trinkets for friends and not an STI/STD or HIV.

Tom Thayer

info: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242281.php

Organ Donating & HIV


Have you given thought about if you needed an donated organ and if that person was ‘risky’ in their lifestyle that could effect you once the organ was transplanted?

This topic is sure to subject to many discussions forthcoming due to the CDC’s recommended new policy.  Under the new policy proposed this fall by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deceased and living donors who were not monogamous in the previous 12 months would be considered at increased risk of transmitting HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C — even if they had no other risk factors. 

 The guidelines could affect a wide swath of potential donors, particularly younger people. About 25% of women and nearly 30% of men ages 20 to 24 said they had two or more sexual partners in the past 12 months, according to a 2006-2008 report by the National Center for Health Statistics. Ok, wow.. that could reject a lot of people and make the wait list even higher.  Is this fair? 

Transplant experts are outraged because they say the proposal arbitrarily focuses on monogamy and could limit both the number of available donors and the number of recipients willing to accept organs newly classified as risky. They worry that potential living donors may balk at donating if they know their sexual history alone could raise questions about their suitability, particularly if the situation involved a family member.

More than 28,000 organs are transplanted each year, but more than 112,000 people are on organ waiting lists, according to figures from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.  

In 2009, the first documented U.S. case of HIV spread by a living donor — a man who tested negative 10 weeks before a sick patient got his kidney.  The recipient, a kidney failure patient on hemodialysis, contracted HIV months after receiving a kidney from a man who tested negative at his initial screening, but subsequently engaged in unprotected sex according to the New York State Department of Health in Albany. A public health investigation was conducted at the New York City hospital, and showed the hospital had followed the necessary protocols. What about other STI/STD’s that could be contracted?  Something to think about when you need a organ transplant or check that little donate box on your drivers license.

Tom Thayer

info: http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/05/9173566-too-promiscuous-to-donate-an-organ-maybe-cdc-says



China and its Growing HIV Problems


China has long a history of trying to keep any information from leaving its borders if its negative.  And of all, HIV is a huge embarrassment to admit.  Recently, China has been forthcoming regarding its HIV problems but the West feels its a lot worse than they want to admit. 

The Government has said there are 650,000 HIV/AIDS cases, half of them among intravenous drug users, out of a nation of 1.3 billion people. (Although this overall estimate of HIV and AIDS cases was lowered in January 2006 – in a report put together by the Chinese Government, the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV(UNAIDS) – from 840,000 to 650,000. Epidemiology experts have said that 1.5 million infected with HIV is closer to the true figure.

According to China’s health ministry, there are now 264,302 registered cases of HIV/AIDS in September 2008, up from 183,733 in 2006, with 34,864 deaths. But the real figures are likely to be much higher as testing and surveillance techniques are limited, especially in the countryside, and entrenched discrimination may have discouraged many from reporting.  HIV spread steadily from Yunnan into neighboring areas and along the major drug trafficking routes, then from injecting drug users (IDUs) to their sexual partners and children. In the mid-1990s, the occurrence of a second major outbreak in commercial plasma donors in the east-central provinces became apparent. Plasma donors were paid to donate blood, the plasma removed, then the red blood cells re-infused to prevent anaemia. Reuse of tubing and mixing during collection and reinfusion led to thousands of new infections. At the same time, HIV was also spreading through sexual transmission. By 1998, HIV had reached all 31 provinces and was in a phase of exponential growth, which, by 2005, had culminated in an estimated 650,000 infections.
A country that dictates over everyone life is now hiding the fact that it has a major epidemic on its hands and will continue to spread to nearby countries.
Tom Thayer