Health / Medicine

In Testosterone Veritas

In Testosterone Veritas

On Cracked yesterday a trans man named Roman Jones wrote about 6 Awful Lessons I Learned Transitioning from Female to Male. Some of the stuff in there felt similar to my experiences, though it’s been awhile (9 years) since I had to bind and much of this stuff applies more to the transition process than the stage of life I’m at now. I found his commentary about medical care especially o... »

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

Update (December 30, 2014): The FDA recently announced that it would relax the lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men. Instead of banning all men who have had sex with men after 1976 for life the new rule permits gay men who have been celibate for a year to donate. This rule does not make exceptions for monogamous partnerships. It’s not the comprehensive, behavioral ris... »

Wild Reservoir of Ebola Larger Than Previously Thought

Wild Reservoir of Ebola Larger Than Previously Thought

Scientists have mapped the range of the Ebola virus in the wild. The range is greater than previously estimated with nearly 22 million individuals at risk for exposure to infected animals. The Oxford-led research team mined the scientific literature for every reported case of Ebola virus since the disease was discovered in 1976. Using spatial and statistical models the scientists mapped each Ebola... »

Male Circumcision and HIV

Male Circumcision and HIV

Queereka recently received a comment through our “contact us” portal asking us to weigh in on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwX5zfC0hgc about the recent evidence that’s been uncovered that HIV transmission can be reduced by circumcision and this article as a possible rebuttal to the point. The commenter further worried that “This is bad on many levels because it could also filter back... »

That’s Not Skepticism, It’s Ethnocentric Xenophobia

That’s Not Skepticism, It’s Ethnocentric Xenophobia

I am a medical anthropologist. As such, I spend much of my time reading about and studying medicine as a sociocultural practice, particularly the ways that culture influences biomedical and public health practices. One of the reasons I went into medical anthropology was that I took a fantastic undergraduate Medical Anthropology course. Specifically, there was a particular ethnographic work we read... »

Truvada: A Late Take

Truvada: A Late Take

The CDC issued guidelines in May of this year recommending that people at high risk for HIV transmission including men who have sex with men, people with HIV-1 positive partners, intravenous drug users and women who have unprotected sex with partners of uncertain status undergo pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens to prevent HIV infection. The WHO issued similar guidelines but targeted it dire... »

No. I'm not serious

Sodomy Causes AIDS: A Shocking Entirely True Revelation in the Field of Science

Recently, Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives outlined what may just be the greatest scientific theory of all time. Frey outlined his position to the MinnPost in a recent article. From the piece: “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the e... »

Bifurious Femininja

First US Administration to Actually Address Bi Issues

I generally don’t like to make a big deal around token gestures. It’s one thing to talk about things and another to actually do something. But this does seem like an important step. For the first time in history, a representative from the White House will be holding a roundtable discussion on bisexual issues, specifically how bisexuals are affected by public health problems, partner vi... »

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