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Las Vegas strip club to Class of 2015: Strip your way through college
June 6, 2015

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — New advertisements outside Little Darlings strip club in Las Vegas encourage recent high school graduates to apply, promoting stripping as a way to earn money for college.

KVVU-TV reports that Little Darlings manager Rick Marzullo says the ads fit in with the character of Las Vegas. The signs have slogans like “Now auditioning the class of 2015″ and “Pay your way through college.”

Marzullo says he is offering a way for young women 18 and older to make good money in a struggling economy. He says entertainers at his club make up to $1,000 a night and he has noticed more and more women turning to stripping to help with rising college costs.

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US sees big declines in teen sex over past 25 years
July 22, 2015

Washington (AFP) - Less than half of US teenagers today are sexually active, far fewer than in the late 1980s, a US government report said Wednesday.

The findings are based on survey data spanning 1988 to 2013, called the National Survey of Family Growth, offering a glimpse at national estimates of sexual activity, contraceptive use and childbearing among teenagers aged 15–19. "In 2011–2013, 44 percent of female teenagers and 47 percent of male teenagers aged 15–19 had experienced sexual intercourse," said the report by the National Center for Health Statistics. "The percentage has declined significantly, by 14 percent for female and 22 percent for male teenagers, over the past 25 years."

In 1988, 60 percent of teenage boys and 51 percent of teenage girls were sexually active. The lowest points were seen in the 2006-2010 range for females, with 43 percent saying they had had sex at least once. For males, the lowest number was 46 percent in 2002.

When researchers separated the data by age, they found that 15-year-olds were the least likely to have had sex (about 15 percent). The likelihood of sexual activity increased over time. Almost two in three 19-year-olds have experienced intercourse at least once, the report said.

The declining rates of sexually active youth coincide with previous research that has found a big drop in the teen birth rate. In 2013, the teen birth rate of 27 per 1,000 people was less than a third of the historically highest rate in 1957, when it was 96 per 1,000.

Contraception use has stayed about the same in recent years, with condoms still being the most popular choice followed by withdrawal and oral contraceptives, the report found. "In 2011–2013, 79 percent of female teenagers and 84 percent of male teenagers used a method of contraception the first time they had sexual intercourse," it said. "The percentages have not changed over time."

Emergency contraceptive use has climbed from eight percent of girls in 2002 to 22 percent in 2011–2013. By age 17, girls who did not use a contraceptive method the first time they had sex were five times as likely to become pregnant as girls who did use some kind of method.

This report is based on data from 1,037 females and 1,088 males in the United States.

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CDC: US sexually transmitted disease epidemic worsening
By LINDSEY TANNER
November 17, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) -- A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say.

Reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased in 2014. Chlamydia cases had dipped in 2013, but last year's total of more than 1.4 million - or 456 cases per 100,000 - was the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chlamydia rate was up almost 3 percent from 2013, the CDC reported Tuesday.

Sexually transmitted diseases are among more than 70 diseases that are reportable to the CDC, including measles, chickenpox and tuberculosis. Flu is reported differently, by hospitalizations. "America's worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention," said the CDC's Dr. Jonathan Mermin.

Gonorrhea cases totaled 350,062, up 5 percent from 2013, and the most contagious forms of syphilis jumped 15 percent to 20,000. As in previous years, the syphilis increase was mainly in gay and bisexual men. Most gonorrhea and chlamydia infections were in 15- to 24-year-olds, an ongoing trend. Both can cause infertility in women but can be treated with antibiotics. They often have no symptoms, and while yearly screening is recommended for sexually active women younger than 25, many don't get tested and infections go untreated, the CDC said.

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Syphilis outbreak sparks concern in popular vacation city
March 1, 2016

Nevada is experiencing the highest rate of syphilis in the West following an outbreak in Las Vegas.

Health officials say it's part of a national spike in cases tied to increased testing, a rise in anonymous sex tied to social media, and a less consistent use of condoms. Social media's link to syphilis in the gay community has prompted health officials to take their educational outreach directly to the websites and apps, in some cases creating profiles or buying advertisements.

Here's a closer look at what's going on:

What is syphilis? How does it still exist?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that's been around at least since the Roman times, said Dr. Tony Fredrick, the Southern Nevada Health District's medical epidemiologist. It's never really gone away - it just comes in waves. It's detected by blood testing, which means it's not a part of the "bundle" of STDs found through urine screening.

Caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, syphilis spreads through skin-to-skin sexual contact when there's a sore or lesion, typically in the genital or anal areas or mouth. Symptoms aren't always apparent and can progress for years, even decades, without treatment. In early stages, it's highly treatable with penicillin.

If left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of late stage syphilis include difficulty coordinating muscle movements, numbness, paralysis, blindness and dementia. In the late stage, it damages internal organs and can be deadly.

What's going on in Nevada?

Clark County health officials declared an outbreak in Las Vegas last week after noting a 128 percent increase in reported syphilis cases since 2012, with 615 of the 694 cases involving men diagnosed in 2015. This makes Nevada's rate of syphilis the highest in the West.

There's been an uptick in other parts of Nevada, too, but that could be tied to a population increase, the state health department said. Nevadan youth, meanwhile, are having sex at younger ages and are using condoms inconsistently or improperly.

Is the rest of the U.S. at risk?

Syphilis outbreaks have appeared in pockets of the U.S. in recent years, including in Kansas, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. The latest available data, from 2014, showed a 15 percent increase in cases overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. There's been an increase in other STDs as well. The most common, chlamydia, has risen to record levels.

Why are doctors blaming social media?

Health providers and officials have warned publicly about the prevalence of anonymous sex through social media, particularly with an increase in the use of Smartphone apps. Elizabeth Adelman, a senior disease investigator for the health department in Las Vegas, said young people dependent on their iPhones can find quick, easy access to hook-ups. Not meeting in person first can make it harder to negotiate condom use, she said.

What's being done to address it?

Las Vegas officials have been working to connect with various websites and apps. Adelman said they've sought permission for a passive presence on platforms such as the gay website Adam4Adam, so users can reach out for information. Other popular apps officials are looking into include Tinder and Grindr.

Adam4Adam said through Twitter it offers live health counselors and tips on its website, and it counts some health agencies among its advertisers. Tinder and Grindr couldn't be reached for comment.

How is the LGBT community responding?

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada said the issue has been on its radar, as a majority of the latest syphilis cases have involved men having sex with men. Educational outreach, destigmatizing efforts and a push for testing are priorities, said Vince Collins, the center's HIV prevention services manager.

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Not doing it: Fewer high school kids are having sex
By MIKE STOBBE
June 9, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) -- The troubles with kids these days ... are not as common as they used to be. U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, they are drinking and using drugs less often, and they aren't smoking as much, according a government survey of risky youth behaviors.

"I think you can call this the cautious generation," said Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Among a decline in several risky behaviors, a sharp decline in sexual activity stood out to researchers.

The survey found 41 percent said they had never had sex, after it had been about 47 percent over the previous decade. It also found marked declines last year in the proportion of students who said had sex recently, had sex before they were 13, and students who had had sex with four or more partners.

The results come from a study conducted every two years by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The surveys included 16,000 students at 125 schools, both public and private. Participation was voluntary and required parental permission, but responses were anonymous. Results were released Thursday.

National surveys have seen a leveling off in recent years in the proportion of kids who said they had sex, after earlier declines. That led researchers to largely attribute continuing declines in teen pregnancies and abortions to more and better use of birth control.

But the new numbers suggest less sex is a factor, too. The drops are surprising enough that government officials said they'd like to see what the next survey shows to make sure it's not a statistical blip. If it is a true drop, the reason is not clear why. "We're trying to look at reasons why this might be happening," said Dr. Stephanie Zaza of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who oversees the survey. One possibility, Albert said: "It may be that parking at Lookout Point has given way to texting from your mom's living room couch," he said.

In the new survey, about 42 percent said they played video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school work for more than three hours per day on an average school day. Beth Mattey, who until last year was a nurse at a high school in Wilmington, Delaware, suggested a factor may be how much more common it is for teens to openly discuss sex and sexual orientation. "We want kids to have a healthy sexuality built around self-respect and self-esteem," said Mattey, who is now president of the National Association of School Nurses.

Why would more discussion of sex reduce the amount of sex kids are having? One theory: "Culturally we may have shifted away from sex being a taboo that adolescents would sort of reach out for," said Beth Marshall, a Johns Hopkins University scientist focused on adolescent health.

The survey found the 30 percent of the students surveyed said they'd had sex in the previous three months, down from about 34 to 35 percent reported in each of the previous six surveys. About 11 percent had four or more sex partners, down from the 14 to 15 percent seen over the previous decade. And about 4 percent said they'd had sex before they turned 13, down from 6 to 7 percent.

Other findings from the survey:

SMOKING
Fewer than 11 percent of the teens smoked a cigarette in the previous month - the lowest level since the government started doing the survey, when the rate was more than 27 percent. But the fall is not surprising - another CDC survey has put the high school smoking rate at about 9 percent.

DRINKING
Just under a third had at least one alcoholic drink in the 30 days before the survey, down from 35 percent in the last survey and down from 45 percent in 2007. About 63 percent had never had a drink, down from 66 percent in 2013 and 75 percent in 2007.

VAPING
The survey for the first time asked about electronic cigarettes, which have exploded in popularity in the past few years. It found about 24 percent had used electronic cigarettes or vaping products in the previous month - a much higher estimate than seen in other recent CDC youth surveys. CDC officials noted that the surveys are done differently, so a variation in the numbers is not that surprising.

TOKING
A little under 22 percent of teens said they used marijuana in the previous month. That's down a bit from the previous two surveys. The proportion who said they had never tried marijuana, and who had tried it before they were 13, also slid a bit. The finding is considered mildly surprising, but is consistent with drops in the use of other illegal drugs like heroin (2 percent), cocaine (5 percent), ecstasy (5 percent), and hallucinogenic drugs like LSD (6 percent).

USING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
About 17 percent of the surveyed students said they had taken prescription drugs without a prescription, in response to a question that listed as some possible examples painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin and ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. That statistic has been declining, but is still alarmingly high, Zaza said.

Online: CDC study: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm
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Erotic massage parlors in Virginia reflect U.S. trend, raising concerns
July 24, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Some massage parlors in Virginia's Hampton Roads region are selling sexual favors, raising concerns about prostitution and human trafficking.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports that the erotic parlors reflect a national trend. Across the country, nearly 4,800 establishments secretly sell sex, according to a 2013 study from the Urban Institute.

One local online forum indicates that 29 parlors in Virginia's Tidewater region have been offering some form of sex for money in the last nine months. Most of the women providing the erotic massages come from China or are of Chinese descent. But most of their clients are local, ranging from executives to military service members to truck drivers. Local police have raided several massage parlors in the last couple years, leading to arrests.

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Sexually transmitted diseases surge in California
By Susan Abram
October 21, 2016

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States have reached new highs, including an increase in syphilis not seen since the mid-1990s, federal health officials said in a report this week.

There were 1.5 million chlamydia cases in 2015 — the last year that numbers were available — a 6 percent increase from the year before, and about 400,000 infections of gonorrhea, or a 13 percent rise, according to a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But syphilis cases increased to levels unseen since the mid-1990s. There were nearly 24,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis cases last year, a 19 percent hike compared with 2014. Health officials attributed the rise to cuts in funding for prevention, and a decrease in the number of people going to clinics to be tested. “We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, in a statement. “STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STDs have eroded. We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services — or the human and economic burden will continue to grow.”

California topped the list in number of cases, although the rate of infection for some sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, was highest in Alaska where there is a smaller population. But the Golden State saw rises in all three diseases. Gonorrhea cases nearly doubled in five years, from 27,500 infections in 2011, to 54,000 in 2015.

At the same time, funding for STD prevention stagnated in the state. In 2011, the state budget called for $4.5 million in spending funds for STD prevention when the population was at 37.7 million people. In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed off on $5.1 million for STD prevention programs, when the population rose to 38.8 million people, according to a Daily News analysis. The latest budget allocates about the same amount.

Officials with the state’s Department of Public Health attributed the rise to several factors, including changes in sexual behavior, increased awareness of the symptoms, better access to care and testing services, and improved public health reporting.

State officials also said while condoms may be widely accessible, many young people still face barriers to getting and using condoms. They also said evidence shows condoms aren’t being used correctly. They point to data from a survey published this year that found of the California high school students who are sexually active, 43 percent reported that they did not use a condom the last time they had sex. The rise in STDs trickled down to the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim areas, according to the CDC.

Prevention funding is part of the reason why STD’s are rising but not the only cause, said Dr. Richard Seidman, chief medical officer for Northeast Valley Health Corp. “If STDs are going up, it means people aren’t practicing safe sex,” Seidman said. He said STDs are more common in young adults from 15 to 24 because they are otherwise healthy and are not coming in to doctors’ offices to be screened. “They’re busy living their lives and not thinking about their risks,” Seidman said.

Northeast Valley, one of the nation’s largest health corporations of its kind, operates a teen health center on the San Fernando High School campus. All teens who come in get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, said Ellen Monaco, family nurse practitioner at the clinic. She said she talks to all students about STDs, even if they just come in with a headache. There have been no cases of syphilis, HIV or gonorrhea, but some positives for chlamydia so far this school year, she said.

“Because we have that trust with them, we have very low census of STDs here,” said Monaco, who estimates that the clinic sees 1 STD out of 100 tests. She said the clinic remains important to the community, which serves mostly Latinos, who are from low-income families, who may not have access to other health centers. “Every high school should have a confidentiality program so they can feel safe,” Monaco said. “We do really well, because we’re trying to capture as many students as we can, and they talk to their friends.”

Most sexually transmitted diseases have no symptoms and are treatable with antibiotics. Going untreated means risks such as miscarriage, stillbirth, blindness or stroke, health experts said. The CDC estimates STD cases cost the U.S. health care system about $16 billion each year.

The CDC report also found:
• Those 15- to 24-years-old accounted for nearly more than 60 percent of chlamydia diagnoses and half of gonorrhea diagnoses.
• Men who have sex with men accounted for the majority of new gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis cases.
• Women’s rate of syphilis diagnosis rose by more than 27 percent from 2014 to 2015. The number of pregnant women who transmitted syphilis to their babies also increased by 6 percent.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

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Undercover agents find registered church to be sex club
May 13, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Undercover inspectors have determined that a building registered as a church was being operated as a sex club.

WTVF-TV reports that the city of Nashville has filed a complaint against the owners for "maintaining a public nuisance by permitting acts of lewd conduct" and violating a state law banning sex clubs from operating within 1,000 feet of a school.

The longtime downtown swingers club underwent a conversion in 2015 when it relocated to a run-down office park in the community of Madison, calling itself a church because the new location is near the back of the private Goodpasture Christian School.

Two codes inspectors paid $40 to enter the facility in March and filed affidavits detailing sex acts they witnessed within. The city is seeking to close the club.

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Bikini baristas sue Washington city over dress code law
By GENE JOHNSON
September 11, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seven bikini baristas and the owner of a chain of the coffee stands called "Hillbilly Hotties" sued the city of Everett, Washington, on Monday, saying two recently passed ordinances banning bare skin violate their right to free expression.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, says the ordinances passed by the Everett City Council deny bikini-stand employees the ability to communicate through their attire, are vague and confusing, and unlawfully target women. "Just like Starbucks with green aprons, UPS with brown trucks and outfits, and Hooter's with short-orange shorts, the baristas' attire evokes a message at work," the lawsuit says, adding that such messages include "freedom, empowerment, openness, acceptance, approachability, vulnerability and individuality."

One of Everett's new laws requires the workers to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts. It specifically applies to employees at "quick service" restaurants, which also include fast food and food trucks. The other redefined the city's lewd conduct ordinance and created a new crime of facilitating lewd conduct. Both ordinances took effect early this month.

The city cited "a proliferation of crimes of a sexual nature occurring at bikini barista stands throughout the city" in adopting the measures. "Employees and owners of barista stands where this conduct occurs are making large sums of money from overtly sexual, lewd conduct, and prostitution," the city declared in one of the measures. A spokeswoman said the city had no comment on the lawsuit.

Everett and Snohomish County, where it's located north of Seattle, have had a troubled history with the shops, which in some cases have operated as drive-thru strip clubs or even brothels. A former Snohomish County sheriff's sergeant pleaded guilty to helping launder money from a prostitution operation run out of some of the roadside stands and was sentenced to one year in jail. The proprietor of another chain, the Grab-N-Go espresso huts, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor after he employed a 16-year-old girl at his stands. Prosecutors said his business model relied on the baristas performing lewd shows.

But Jovanna Edge, who runs five Hillbilly Hotties stands, including two in Everett, said the city's new laws are unnecessary. A few years ago, she said, she gave Everett police permission to log in and view surveillance video of her stands so they can observe what's happening in real time. "I don't want to hide anything from them," Edge said Monday. "Everybody needs to follow the rules, to not step out of the box and take their clothes off for people. That's a way to keep them honest." Since the laws took effect, she said, "I have people who are threatening to quit because they're not making any money."

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that the laws' definitions of what skin must be covered up are confusing. The dress code for baristas refers to the "upper and lower body," stomach, and back below the shoulder blades, among other areas. "The length of a common woman's shirt is often short enough that stretching or bending would reveal part of her back or stomach," the lawsuit says.

The other measure bans "an exposure of more than one-half of the part of the female breast located below the top of the areola." "To properly enforce the citywide ordinance, a police officer must determine the location of the 'top of a woman's areola,' which can only be seen by exposing the breast," the complaint says. "This would subject women to humiliating and offensive searches."

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Sex diseases in US surge to record high
September 26, 2017

Washington (AFP) - Sexually transmitted diseases surged to a record high in the United States last year, with more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis nationwide, officials said Tuesday.

This was "the highest number ever," said the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the new cases -- 1.6 million in 2016 -- involved chlamydia, a bacterial infection that affects both men and women.

Gonorrhea also increased among men and women last year, but the steepest rise was among men (22 percent), said the report. Nationwide, gonorrhea cases reached 470,000, with a large share of new gonorrhea cases among men who have sex with men. These trends are "particularly alarming" because of the growing threat of gonorrhea becoming resistant to the last recommended treatment, according to the CDC report.

Syphilis cases numbered 28,000, a rate that increased nearly 18 percent from 2015 to 2016. Most cases of syphilis occur among men -- mainly gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

But women too saw a 36 percent increase in rates of syphilis. There were more than 600 cases of syphilis among newborns -- known as congenital syphilis -- a 28 percent increase in a single year. These syphilis cases led to "more than 40 deaths and severe health complications among newborns," said the report. "Every baby born with syphilis represents a tragic systems failure," said Gail Bolan, director of CDC's Division of STD Prevention. "All it takes is a simple STD test and antibiotic treatment to prevent this enormous heartache and help assure a healthy start for the next generation of Americans."

Experts say despite growing concerns about antibiotic resistance, these three STDs can all be cured with antibiotic treatment. If left untreated, however, they can lead to infertility, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased risk for HIV transmission. "Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat," said Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. "STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond."

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In US, people with HIV often go 3 years without knowing
November 28, 2017

WASHINGTON (AFP) - People who are infected with HIV in the United States often go for years without being diagnosed, with the median, or midpoint, being three years, according to US government data Tuesday.

That's a slight improvement over the previous report in 2011, which found the median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years and seven months, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But experts say people at risk of infection need to get tested more often, since about 40 percent of new HIV infections originate from people who don't know they have HIV. "If you are at risk for HIV, don't guess -- get a test," said Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. "The benefits are clear. Prompt diagnosis is prevention."

The CDC recommends all people aged 13-64 get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime. People at higher risk of infection, including sexually active gay and bisexual men, should get tested at least annually, if not every three to six months.

The CDC Vital Signs report, based on data from 2015, found that 29 percent of gay and bisexual men said they did not get a test for HIV in the past year. Nor did 42 percent of people who inject drugs, or 59 percent of heterosexuals at increased risk for HIV.

For gay and bisexual males, the estimated timing from HIV infection to diagnosis was a median of three years -- meaning half were diagnosed in less than three years and half were diagnosed after more than three years. "A quarter of people diagnosed with HIV in 2015 lived with HIV for seven or more years without knowing it," said the report.

For heterosexual males, the median time from infection to diagnosis was five years. For heterosexual females and females who inject drugs it was 2.5 years. Overall, 85 percent of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in 2014 knew their HIV status, said the report. "Ideally, HIV is diagnosed within months of infection, rather than years later," said Eugene McCray, director of CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. "Further increasing regular HIV testing and closing testing, diagnoses and treatment gaps is essential to stopping HIV in our communities."

Source: AFP

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