On Friday, Steven Miles, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota who we've previously written about because of his work on U.S. abuses in Iraqi prisons (among other issues), sent us correspondence he recently had with the the Seward Co-op regarding its decision to continue selling products from ... More >>
Yesterday, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled family-owned for-profit businesses like Hobby Lobby cannot be required to provide contraceptive products to employees that don't accord with the owner's religious beliefs.As we've covered, the owners at least three Minnesota companies -- Ann ... More >>
Last year was a record one for bacterial STDs in Minnesota, with chlamydia rates and raw cases at all-time highs, gonorrhea up 26 percent, and syphilis up a whopping 64 percent.This morning, we got in touch with Kristen Ehresmann -- director of the Minnesota Department of Health's infectious disease ... More >>
New statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health indicate both the state's chlamydia rate and the raw number of reported cases has never been higher than it was last year.In 2013, there were 18,724 reported cases. That translates to 353 out of 100,000 Minnesotans getting "the clap." Min ... More >>
Minnetonka-based Annex Medical doesn't offer its 16 employees health care, despite the fact that owner Stuart Lind wants to. The reason? Lind's brand of Catholicism means he's morally opposed to contraception, so he'd rather not offer his employees any insurance at all than cover it.SEE ALSO: M ... More >>
According to the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health, last year set a record for the number of reported chlamydia cases in Minnesota. In 2012, there were 18,048 cases, a 7 percent increase over the 16,898 reported the year prior.SEE ALSO: Male birth control pill, Gamendazole, being d ... More >>
Guys -- sick of condoms? If so, first of all, don't complain about having sex. But second, know that University of Minnesota medicinal chemistry professor Gunda Georg is working hard to supply you with an alternative as soon as possible.SEE ALSO: When dating prospects look bleak, women focus on thei ... More >>
Yesterday, Minnesota for Marriage's Andy Parrish spent the better part of his afternoon promising to drop a "bombshell" on Minnesotans for All Families.SEE ALSO: MN for Marriage doesn't fire Rev. Brad Brandon after repeated Vote No-Nazi comparisons [VIDEO]It took a day, but we now know what he was t ... More >>
According to a new report out from the Minnesota Department of Health, 2011 was a banner year for STDs. Finishing out the year with a record-setting 16,898 reported cases, chlamydia came out on top in the race to screw up our sex lives. Left untreated, that is a nasty little disease that can have r ... More >>
So the first rapped lyrics on "I Got AIDS" are, indeed, "I got AIDS." This isn't a song that fucks around; it straddles the elephant in the blog comment box and starts beating that sucker on the ears with a spiked riding crop. This is significant in a number of ways, not least of which are these: ... More >>
Island NimbusHIV infections are down in Minnesota.Last month the Minnesota Department of Health released some sobering numbers about the increase in reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia and syphilis. Today, there's better news on a similar front: The number of new ... More >>
Sen. David Hann is an Eden Prairie Republican.If a teenager is a victim of incest, Republican state Sen. Dave Hann of Eden Prairie says a judge's consent should be required before that teenager is allowed to seek medical attention, counseling, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Becau ... More >>
wikiA syphilis awareness poster from the 1930s.How can it be that after decades of public service announcements, education campaigns and plain old word of mouth, some nasty sexually transmitted disease infection rates are climbing, not falling in Minnesota? That's what's happening. Total ST ... More >>
Photo: mistergoletaSex: It's what they're doing in St. Paul.When it comes to being a "Hotbed of Sex," St. Paul comes out on top of Minneapolis. But is that really where it wants to be? The criteria for the ranking in the latest edition of Men's Health magazine included condom sales, birth ra ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty has opted to take grant money from a federal law he wants repealed. The money is for programs dismissed by the state as ineffective. And he picked a grant that requires $379,000 in state matching funds, while the state is already drowning in red ink. What's going on here? S ... More >>
Planned Parenthood's Highland Park clinic in St. Paul, the frequent scene of anti-abortion protests -- and, more recently, counter-protests favoring reproductive rights -- is closing up shop. But the services it offers aren't going away. Instead, the women's reproductive health organization ... More >>
Good news: The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota -- chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chancroid -- took a 5 percent drop to 16,702 in 2009 from 17,649 cases in 2008 the Minnesota Department of Health said today. Way to keep it clean, folks. But there's a ... More >>
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The Minnesota Health Department released some sad, sad statistics this week. The number of new cases of AIDS in the state last year was 326.
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Chlamydia and syphilis, in particular, are on the rise. (Not an April Fool's gag).
KTLK-FM’s Chris Baker and Langdon Perry had riffed during their conservative radio show Wednesday on the possibility that, as Baker put it, Magic “faked AIDS for sympathy." Because ... More >>
After squawking about sex ed for years, DFLers turned prude once they took power
Minnesota women represented just two percent of our HIV infections in 1985, 19 percent in 1995, and now 29 percent in 2005.
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The level of new H.I.V. infections statewide remained almost level last year, according to statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health today. There were 304 cases of H.I.V. reported in Minnesota last year, compared to 307 in 2004.
It's a fair bet that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak won't be boasting about this next time he has to give a speech to the Rotary Club: The Minnesota Department of Health has released its 2005 statistical report on the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and the Mill City has swept every categor ... More >>
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