Unzipped: A Sexual Health Blog


STD rates in Los Angeles

September 23rd, 2013
Los Angeles Department of Public Health reported that rates of Chlamydia, early latent syphilis and gonorrhea increased in 2011. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused its efforts on preventing the spread of HIV in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths who...

Syphilis cases continue to rise in Detroit

September 17th, 2013
Detroit state health authorities are launching a campaign to alert the public to the upsurge in syphilis cases across the city. Theincrease  is making an appearance in predominantly younger, sexually active individuals. Many individuals are unaware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and...

STD rates in Chicago – where to get tested

July 29th, 2013
Many sexually transmitted diseases go unnoticed for long periods of time. Carriers may not know they are infected and continue to have unprotected sex, spreading the infection to their partners. Like many major urban areas, Chicago has significantly higher rates of sexually transmitted...

Where to find STD testing in NYC

July 26th, 2013
To prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, it is vital for sexually active individuals -particularly those with multiple partners - to have frequent, accurate STD testing. Some STDs do not always show signs or symptoms. Without regular STD testing, individuals with such infections...

Movies and Safer Sex

July 10th, 2013
How many times have you seen a movie where, in the heat of the moment, the main character slips on a condom before having sex? Probably very few, if any at all. While it may seem like practicing safe sex would kill the mood in a movie, it shouldn’t. Realistically, many movie characters would...

Men’s Health Month Is Making an Impact Across the Country

June 28th, 2013
Did you know that the life expectancy for American men was only one year less than for American women in 1920, but men now live an average of nearly six fewer years than American women? Were you aware that American men are nearly four times more likely to die of suicide than American...

Happy National HIV Testing Day!

June 27th, 2013
HIV is not much of a party theme--however, considering all the ways you could score free testing this week, National HIV Testing Day is certainly cause for celebration. Knowing your status is vital to ensuring your health, and by offering free tests, organizations and government agencies...

Text program pushes condoms, discourages drugs

June 21st, 2013
A study backed by a grant from the National Institutes of Health is backing a study that sends text messages to methamphetamine addicts to encourage them to use fewer drugs, and more condoms. Dr. Cathy Reback of the Friends Research Institute is launching the study in February, spending four...

Be sure to play it safe, mi amigos

June 20th, 2013
In an effort to bring home the importance of HIV testing, a web campaign is looking to spread the word among members of the Latino community. Everyone in the whole country could use some more knowledge about how crucial it is to know your HIV status. However, some segments of the population...

Pride festivities celebrate safe sexiness

June 18th, 2013
Sex is a popular Pride Month activity; fortunately, there are a ton of events across the country that help you get down while staying safe from STDs. Rough stuff: If you like to walk on the kinky side, ACT Toronto http://www.actoronto.org/bdsm offers a comprehensive online guide to getting...