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In 2021, the number of sexually transmitted infections jumped by 7%, according to the CDC.




More than 2.5 million cases of sexually transmitted infections were reported in 2021, up 7% year on year, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The STI epidemic in the US is showing no signs of slowing down,” the doctor said. Leandro Mena, Director of STD Prevention, CDC.

Chlamydia accounts for more than half of reported cases, with rates up about 4% in 2021. Cases of gonorrhea rose by almost 5%.

Cases of syphilis have risen 32% in one year, including an alarming rise in infections transmitted from pregnant mothers to babies developing in the womb. In 2021, congenital syphilis was responsible for 220 stillbirths and infant deaths.

“The most important thing to remember is that congenital syphilis is 100% preventable,” Mena said. “This is largely a result of our failure to prevent syphilis in women of reproductive age and their partners.”

Lack of prenatal care and proper maternal treatment are among the most common missed opportunities to prevent congenital syphilis, he said.

But a recent report found that in recent years it has become harder for women to access reproductive health services, such as routine screenings and birth control. Women accessing reproductive health services were more likely to report access problems—and there were more—in 2021 than in 2017.

A combination of factors have contributed to the overall increase in STI cases, Mena said, and the pandemic has exacerbated many of them.

“Lack of access to health care, including testing and treatment for STIs, can make it difficult for people to get the care they need,” Mena said. “Cutting public health funding and a crumbling public health infrastructure are indeed limiting access to testing-based services.”

The persistent stigma associated with STIs and the lingering effects of pandemic-related disruptions are making it difficult to scale up screening services. The number of reported STIs is likely to greatly underestimate the “staggering” number of actual cases, he said.

STIs affect every population, but 2021 CDC data shows that rates are disproportionately high among gay and bisexual men, young adults, and blacks and American Indians.

“To make progress in ending this STI epidemic, we need to really meet people where they are, by developing tailored and localized interventions that will make the biggest impact,” Mena said. “We want to make sure we take into account the social and economic conditions that make it difficult for some of these populations to stay healthy.”

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Florida plans to ban abortion in six weeks



A bill passed by the state legislature must be signed by Governor Ron DeSantis to become law.

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Lizzo wore spotty black French tips – see photo



Lizzbians and nail lovers rejoice because Lizzo has given her Instagram followers some amazing new nail inspirations to bring to their next manicure session. The nails in question, which she shared on April 12, were a black and seemingly textured take on a classic French manicure.

The “About Damn Time” singer shared her new manicure in an Instagram post celebrating the anniversary of her Yitty shapewear brand. In a short video, Lizzo blew out a candle on a cake decorated with a picture of her face. Despite the short length of the video, we still got a good look at her long stiletto manicure, which was filed and sculpted by a manicurist. Eri Ishizu.

Like any French manicure, Ishizu added a pale almost white nude that covered the bottom half of each stiletto nail. On the other hand, Ishizu painted the C-shaped jacket with jet black polish, a dramatic departure from the classic white tips and trendy bright manicure remixes that have taken over social media. Ishizu added what looked like tiny dots to each tip for a polka dot pattern that matched her outfit, which was probably a set from Yitty. We’re pretty sure these dots were painted with white lacquer, but we need to take a closer look at it. French manicure confirm.

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While we celebrate her nails, we can’t ignore her pink and purple eye makeup. Hot pink and purple shadows were mixed in her crease and outer corner. Half of her eyelid was covered with shimmery pink eyeshadow. Hot pink on her cheeks and mauve on her lips complemented her bright eyeshadow perfectly.

We’re sure Lizzo is in seventh heaven, celebrating her “Yittyversary” and enjoying the break ahead of her. Special the tour will start again on 21 April. Knowing the pop star, we think those nails are likely to be gone when she hits the stage again, but hopefully she posts a nailfie before then so we can really admire every inch of those nails.

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Florida legislature passes 6-week abortion ban



TALLAHASSEE, Florida. — The Republican-dominated Florida Legislature on Thursday approved a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, a motion backed by the GOP governor. Ron DeSantis is preparing for the expected presidential race.

DeSantis is expected to sign the bill. Florida currently bans abortions after 15 weeks.

The six-week ban will give DeSantis a key political victory among Republican primary voters as he prepares to launch a presidential candidacy based on his national brand of conservative flag bearer.

The policy will also have broader implications for access to abortion in the South following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and leaving decisions about access to abortion to the states. Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have banned abortions at all stages of pregnancy, while Georgia bans the procedure after detecting heart activity, which is about six weeks.

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“We have an opportunity to lead the nationwide debate about the importance of protecting lives and giving every child the opportunity to be born and find their purpose,” said Republican Jenna Persons-Malika, who introduced the bill in the House of Representatives.

Democrats and abortion rights groups say Florida’s proposal would ban nearly all abortions because many women don’t yet realize they’re pregnant at six weeks.

The bill contains some exceptions, including those to save a woman’s life. Abortions in pregnancies involving rape or incest will be allowed up to 15 weeks of gestation, provided the woman has documentation, such as a restraining order or police report. DeSantis called the rape and incest provisions delicate.

Medications used in medical abortion, which make up the majority of those provided nationally, can only be dispensed in person or by a physician under a Florida bill. Separately, nationwide access to the abortion pill mifepristone is being challenged in court.

Florida’s six-week ban will only take effect if the state’s current 15-week ban is upheld in an ongoing legal battle that is in the state’s Conservative-controlled Supreme Court.

“I can’t think of any bill that will provide more protection to more people who are more vulnerable than this piece of legislation,” said Republican Rep. Mike Beltran, who said the bill’s exceptions and the six-week deadline represent a compromise. .

Abortion bans are popular among some religious conservatives who are part of the Republican Party’s constituency, but the issue has spurred many others to vote Democratic. Republicans have been defeated in recent weeks and months in elections over access to abortion in states such as Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Haven’t we learned anything? House Democratic Minority Leader Fentris Driskell spoke about recent elections in other states. “Aren’t we listening to our constituents and the people of Florida and what they’re asking for?”

DeSantis, who often finds himself at the forefront of culture wars, said he supported a six-week ban but appeared uncharacteristically lukewarm about the bill. He often said “We welcome the protection of life law” when asked about politics.

DeSantis is expected to announce his presidential candidacy after the session closes in May, and his potential leadership of the White House is backed in part by conservative policies approved by an overwhelming majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives this year.

Democrats, who have no power at any level of state government, are largely resorting to containment tactics and protests to counter a bill that easily passed both houses in a largely partisan vote. The Senate approved it last week, and the House of Representatives did so on Thursday.

Democratic Senator and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Florida were arrested and charged with trespassing during a protest in Tallahassee against a six-week ban. In a last-ditch effort to delay passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, Democrats filed dozens of amendments to the proposal on Thursday, all of which were rejected by Republicans.

“The health of women and their personal right to choose is being stolen,” said Democratic Rep. Felicia Simone Robinson. “So I ask: is Florida really a free state?”

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