Asking for a friend

How Gross Is the Hot Tub in My Hotel or Spa?

Hot tubs are frequent transfer stations for bacteria, including one type of infection known as "hot tub rash."
Nick Keppler

The CDC Says Synthetic Weed May Be Contaminated With Rat Poison

They found that, of the 202 reported cases of unexplained bleeding nationwide, 95 patients tested positive for brodifacoum, a chemical used as rat poison.
Jesse Hicks
survival guide

This Is What It Would Take to Turn a Virus Into a Weapon

“A well-funded organization with scientific expertise and the resources to grow, manipulate, or release agents, and the motivation to actually use them—that’s the worst case scenario."
Abigail Fagan
Sobriety Check

How Do You Tell If You Have a Drinking Problem?

It’s frighteningly easy to meet the criteria for binge drinking.
Diane Shipley
oh good

The CDC Will Hold an Info Session on Nuclear War

This month's "grand rounds" topic for public health professionals is, uh, timely.
Jesse Hicks

Cracking Down on Opioids Hurts People With Chronic Pain

There are dozens of cases of reported suicides after pain patients had their doses reduced.
Maia Szalavitz
Doctor's Note

Doctors Shouldn’t Get Fired for Skipping the Flu Shot

I should have the basic right to an informed decision, too.
Jalal Baig, MD
Fighting Words

I Prefer to Date Men Who are HIV Positive​

Research shows that if they're getting treated, I'm not at risk of contracting it from them—even without a condom.
Cole Grissom
Unscrewing Ourselves

Why Aren't Straight Men Told to Get Regular STD Tests?

Women and gay men carry the STD-testing burden.
Shayla Love
STD Glossary

HIV and AIDS: Symptoms, Treatments, and Facts

HIV is the most feared STD out there—but should it be?
Alexandra Ossola
STD Glossary

Trichomoniasis: Symptoms, Treatments, and Facts

If you have trichomoniasis, you'll either not know it—or really, really know it.
Sarah Kasbeer
STD Glossary

Zika: Symptoms, Treatments, and Facts

Yes, Zika is an STD—here's how not to catch it.
Alexandra Ossola