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Resurgence of Syphilis Among

Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted infection that, if untreated, can have severe health consequences. In addition, the sores caused by syphilis can promote the spread of HIV infection among sex partners. This issue of CHART focuses on the resurgence of syphilis in Philadelphia.

Syphilis Case Counts Have Been Rising in Philadelphia Since 2005

Infectious syphilis includes cases diagnosed with primary, secondary, or early latent (evidence of acquisition within last 1 year) stage of disease.  Syphilis diagnoses have been steadily increasing since 2005, with a sharp rise noted in 2016.  Between 2005 and 2016, infectious syphilis diagnoses more than quadrupled, from 208 to 925

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Military nude photo investigation expands into gay porn websites

Tom Vanden Brook , USA TODAY 2:59 p.m. ET March 17, 2017

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WASHINGTON — The military scandal involving sharing of sexually explicit images of troops has expanded beyond the private social media site Marines United to a slew of gay pornography web pages with images of men wearing military uniforms engaged in sex acts, USA TODAY has learned.

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South Dakota’s Senate Just Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

South Dakota senators have unanimously passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

This non-binding resolution was based on the model resolution written by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

The term “public health crisis” is used to broadly define both physical and social problems—from cigarette smoking to bullying—and it unequivocally applies to pornography, because pornography is a serious, harmful problem that affects individuals and groups beyond their capacity to correct alone.

The research on pornography clearly links it to damages to the brain, body, and rates of sexual violence in our society.

Since 2009there have been 24 major studies that support the reality of compulsive porn use and the negative impacts of pornography on the users’ brain structure and function.

Pornography is also linked to decreased erectile function, as revealed by a2015 studyof young men that also found that pornography use was linked to lower sexual satisfaction with a partner.”

In addition to these physiological harms, pornography teaches that women enjoy sexual violence, and unfortunately this lesson is being heard loud and clear. Ameta-analysis of 46 studiesreported that the effects of pornography use are “clear and consistent,” and put one at increased risk for committing sexual offenses and accepting rape myths—such as that women enjoy rape, and that rapists can’t control their urges.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation commends the South Dakota senators for their leadership in recognizing the harms of pornography.

To learn more about the harms of pornography visit:http://endsexualexploitation.org/publichealth/

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Pornography

Yesterday, the resolution we drafted recognizing pornography as a public health crisis was introduced in subcommittee in the state of Virginia and it passed UNANIMOUSLY! 

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