Here’s A Good Reason To Use Lube — And Not Saliva — For Anal Sex
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Using Saliva as Lube for Anal Sex Nearly Triples Your Risk of Getting Gonorrhea
Don’t spit! A new study among gay and bi men found that using saliva as lubricant during anal sex spikes your rectal gonorrhea risk. How much? It nearly tripled your risk compared to other lubricants and may be linked to as many as 48.9% of rectal gonorrhea cases. Our takeaway: use real lube. It is your friend.
LGB People Have More Alcohol Problems, but Are More Likely to Get Treatment
LGB (no T) people are much more likely to have problems with alcohol than straight people, but are also much more likely to get treatment, a new study found. Gays and lesbians were over three times more likely to go to a crisis center and bisexuals were nearly twice as likely to go to any type of treatment.
5 Ways Pharmacists Can Help Trans Clients
Pharmacy Times has put together a great list of five things pharmacists can do to help their transgender patients. Pharmacists: read up. Non-pharmacists: print this out and take it to your local pharmacy!
High Satisfaction with Health Care Lessens Fear of Cancer Coming Back
Health care satisfaction may be linked to the fear of cancer coming back. A studyamong gay and bi men who had prostate cancer found that more satisfaction with their health care and the more able they felt to deal with symptoms, the less likely they were fear their cancer coming back when they had potential symptoms.
Welcoming Schools Lead to Fewer Binge Drinking Days by Students
A new study found that compared to unwelcoming schools, schools that were more friendly to LGBTQ students were associated with fewer binge drinking days by students. The likelihood for gays and lesbians to drink heavily was cut 30% and for questioning kids 43%. This wasn’t just true for the LGBTQ kids, it was true for the straight ones too! It went down 24-17%.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that schools that are not welcoming to LGBT students lead to fewer binge drinking days by students, when in fact it is actually welcoming schools that produced this outcome. This has been corrected.