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Man Hospitalized for Injecting Semen Into Himself. Discharged Prematurely From Hospital.

An interesting case has cum—come--out of Dublin, Ireland recently when it was discovered that a 33-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for having repeatedly injected himself in the arm with his own semen for over a year in a strange attempt to treat pain in his lower-back. Everyone knows that’s not where you inject semen!

The patient took it upon himself to devise this ‘cure’ without consulting a medical professional. He informed medical practitioners that he had injected himself with a monthly “dose” of semen with a hypodermic needle he bought online for 18 consecutive months. Must have been some back pain. I hope he at least enjoyed it.

 

 

WJLA reports that the man developed a subcutaneous abscess on his right arm where an excess of liquid was forming under his skin. He was treated with an IV of antimicrobial drip, but discharged himself prematurely and didn’t allow the ‘local collection’ to be drained.

The case was published in an Irish Medial Journal and was titled ‘Semenly’ Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess.

The case shares:

A physical examination of his upper and lower limbs identified a small, red papule on his right arm. He disclosed at this stage that he had been injecting his own semen as an “innovative” method of treating back pain.

It is the first case of “intravenous semen injection” found in any medical publication.

Although there is a report of the effects of subcutaneous semen injection into rats and rabbits, there were no cases of intravenous semen injection into humans found across the literature. A search of more eclectic internet sites and forums found no other documentation of semen injection for back pain treatment or other uses.

—let’s hope this isn’t a trend.

ABC shared more from the report:

The dangers of venepuncture when carried out by the untrained layperson are highlighted as well as the vascular and soft tissue hazards surrounding the attempted injection of substances not intended for intravenous use. The case also demonstrates the risks involved with medical experimentation prior to extensive clinical research in the form of phased trials inclusive of safety and efficacy assessments.

Please don’t try this at home.

The US Government's Creating A Health Focused Virtual Reality Game For Gay Men

Still not convinced about virtual reality gaming? Well, the American government is spending money to get you playing, and also to talk about sexual health.

The National Institutes of Health has announced that it is spending over $1.7 million on a virtual reality simulation for young men who have sex with men.

The virtual simulation is called “Tough Talks” and focuses on young gay men gaining the practice they need to tell their partner they have sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.

This new game is being created as a joint project between tech and health experts at Georgia-based Virtually Better, Inc., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies.

The hope is to raise awareness about safe sex practices and about increasing communications between young MSM. We know this thanks to a study that was conducted by the same team earlier on and published online. That study, which was funded by a grant, says that sixty-percent of young gay men do not disclose their HIV status to first-time sex partners.

"Given the potential benefits and challenges associated with disclosure, there is a need for sophisticated interventions that can assist [men who have sex with men] MSM, with the disclosure process," the grant states. "Virtual reality provides a unique environment for users to practice HIV disclosure."

"Primary outcomes of HIV viral load and condomless anal intercourse (CAI) will be assessed at intervention completion (1 month) and at 6-month follow-up," according to the grant.

That grant sadly couldn’t fund the whole project past the study itself and certainly couldn’t cover the budget for creating the simulation. As such, it’s taxpayers who have unknowingly given over more than $1,788,748 to the project. This started in 2014 with the Obama administration and is expected to continue through May 2020.

According to the Free Beacon and the research paper "‘I Didn't Tell You Sooner Because I Didn't Know How to Handle It Myself': Developing a Virtual Reality Program to Support HIV-Status Disclosure Decisions," first tests with the simulation are going well.

Cisgender male participants who had sex with another man in the past 12 months were placed into focus groups to gather data. That data was then used for creating the virtual conversations and virtual sex partners.

Those virtual characters were then programed to display a wide range of emotions and also conversational skills appropriate for a diverse set of gamers from different racial, cultural, and sexual backgrounds.

The game then had players attempt to disclose their positive HIV status “post condomless anal intercourse” with casual or primary partners. The virtual characters would then react in either a neutral, sympathetic, or negative reaction to prepare gamers for any situation.

Again, the paper says that first test results went well and most of the young gay/bisexual men found the game “visually appealing” and admitted it’s usefulness to real-world situations.

We’ll see how far the study and simulation go in due time.

h/t: Free Beacon, Study 1 & Study 2 by Virtually Better, Inc. et al.

Researchers Found A Way To Target HIV Cells For Elimination

A team of French researchers may have found the next step in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

On Thursday, the Pasteur Institute in Paris published a study in the scientific journal Cell Metabolism titled “Cellular Metabolism Is a Major Determinant of HIV-1 Reservoir Seeding in CD4+ T Cells and Offers an Opportunity to Tackle Infection.”

Until now, treatment towards HIV/AIDS has only been able to block the infection from spreading. Researchers from the Pasteur Institute say they’ve found a way to eliminate the cells entirely.

Researchers have yet to find a cure to the virus because they can’t figure out why it spreads to certain cells and not others. Specifically, CD4 T lymphocyte immune cells are the reservoirs that are primarily targeted by HIV. Scientists have yet to figure out the reason why some CD4 cells are targeted by the virus over others.

Researchers at the Pasteur Institute say that they might have figured out why. Their data shows that the glucose consumption of the cells play a key role in why they are susceptible to HIV. The higher the metabolic activity and glucose consumption, the higher the chance of HIV infection to the cell.

If this data can be backed up and verified, it can categorize infected cells and signify a weak point in the virus.

"We have observed ex vivo that, thanks to certain metabolic inhibitors, the virus is no longer able to infect cells and amplification is halted in reservoirs of patients receiving antiretroviral treatment,” noted study coordinator Asier Saez-Cirion.

Again, the study’s data has to be tested with in-vivo (in a living organism) experiments before progressing with possible treatment. That said, this is a promising breakthrough in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

NYU Study Suggests Tops And Bottoms Prefer Different Methods For Taking PrEP

Add this one to the list of interesting study findings. It looks like tops and bottoms like to take PrEP different ways.

When most people hear the words PrEP, they most likely think of the drug in its pill form. But, that’ll so be only one way in which the drug can be taken. Clinical trials are currently ongoing for long-acting injections of PrEP where getting a single shot every 8-12 weeks will suffice as support. In addition, there are studies going on for PrEP creams which can be applied to either the anus or the penis.

Curious about how these different methods would be applied by gay men, PhD student William Goedel gathered together a team of researchers from New York University and the University of Chicago.

The team collected data from 482 HIV-negative MSM (men who have sex with men) and published the data in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The study titled, “Are Anal Sex Roles Associated with Preference for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Administration Modalities Among Men Who Have Sex With Men?” surveying how the men would like to take their PrEP. The options were daily use, event-driven use (in which MSM use PrEP during seasonal times when they have sex and think they are at risk), PrEP shots, or PrEP cream.

The study’s results found that 31.7% of respondents would prefer whichever method was most effective. Then, 21.8% of respondents chose the injection, 11.0% chose event-driven pills, 8.3% chose the cream applied to the penis, 6.6% chose the cream applied to the anus, and 4.8% chose the daily pills.

But that’s not all. Geodel and his fellow researchers wanted to know if sexual roles had any affect on the data. They  then decided to split and categorize the data by three groups (tops, bottoms, and versatile men).

Those results found that tops preferred the cream applied to the penis with 19.6% choosing so over 4.6% bottoms and vers men. Meanwhile, 32.9% of bottoms preferred the injection and only 15.4% of tops and vers men agreed.

That said, most of these PrEP methods are far from becoming accessible to the general audience and even further from being affordable for them. As such, we’ll only have to guess whether this study's data is correct or not.

If the Glove Doesn't Fit, You Must Call it Quits: The Importance of Proper Condom Use

We've all been there: getting hot and bothered and oh-so-turned on and can't wait to just go for it. Hopefully you reach for the box of condoms before you do anything. Using protection greatly reduces the chance of contracting STDs, and there are some nasty ones out there. But are you using the right size condom? Unfortunately, many sex-ed classes are severely lacking in teaching proper condom use which can lead to a whole slew of unpleasant things.

For many people, they will just grab the standard box of Trojans and call it a day. However, there is a variety of different sized condoms available to purchase, each with their own fit. Unlike some clothing, condoms aren't a one-size-fits-all thing and it's very important that people use the right size for their little (or big) man. 

Aly Walansky from Greatist writes about the benefits and necessities of using the right size condom. Using a condom that is too small may result in it breaking and wearing one too big carries the risk of it falling off in the middle of your intimate encounters. But wearing one that fits just right can not only increase pleasure for both parties, but it can also decrease chances of pregnancy (although I'm not too sure how applicable that is on here...) and contracting STDs

Anyone who has used a condom knows that they're rather elastic and some may think that that means that because it fits it's the right size. However, if it's very snug it most definitely not the right size. All penises were not created equally (for better or for worse) so one condom may work for one person and not for others, which is why it's important that you know your size. What better way to figure out your size than by measuring? Urologic surgeon Jamin Brahmbhatt offers some tips: measure your erect penis by starting at the pubic bone all the way to the tip and wrap a cloth measuring tape around the thickest part of your penis to determine your girth. This will give you a good indicator of what condoms to buy.  Most condoms have a length of seven inches and come in a standard width. If the standard width doesn't work for you, condoms come in slim, snug, wide, large, and extra large for the lucky ones out there. 

In addition to different sizes, condoms also come in different materials other than latex. Polyisoprene condoms like the ones Skyn sells are a good alternative for people who either have a latex allergy or dislike the smell of latex. Plus, trying new material can be an exciting way to spice up your sex life.

One last piece of advice: LUBE! Lubrication is extremely important when having sex as it helps the condom roll easier as well as allowing for smoother access and more conformability and reduces the chance of the condom breaking because of decreased friction. No one wants dry sex! Just make sure to select either silicone or water-based lubes, as oil-based ones can degrade the condom. 

Sex can and most of the time is a great experience for both parties involved but with great fun comes great responsibility. So, measure length and girth, shop around for the right protection, wrap that thing, lube up, and get busy.


h/t: Greatist

Venezuela Is Experiencing A Mass Exodus As Medicine Disappears

Latin America is currently experiencing the biggest modern exodus of people in that area.

More than a million Venezuelans have left the country after a recent economic collapse has led to food shortages and lack of access to medicine.

“The doctors would say, ‘Nothing this month, try next month,’” said Danielis Diaz, a transgender hairdresser who had to move from Venezula to Colombia in order to seek HIV medicine, told Reuters.

“Doctors told me to take vitamins and eat lentils while waiting for the drugs. While you wait, you’re waiting to go to the cemetery,”

Prior to moving to Colombia, Diaz once received free HIV medication for 12 years from the government. Unfortunately, that once celebrated national program has dried up along with the rest of Venezula’s public health field.

The lack of funds and medicine first led to a pause in regular check-ups before causing the end of antiretroviral drugs released in the country and then the departure of specialist doctors.

“We have now reached a crisis point in Venezuela,” said experts, according to Relief Web. “Access to healthcare, a fundamental responsibility of the State, is in a serious state of decay. It is shocking that hospitals themselves have become a place where people’s lives are being put at risk.”

Perhaps the two groups of people that have been hit the hardest are children and LGBTQ people. These shortages in antiretroviral drugs have obviously hit people living with HIV like Diaz.

In addition, several children are dying from causes that could have been prevented by better health care, according to the Organization of American States. So far, 16 children at one hospital have died due to poor hygiene and an undocumented number of deaths from other minors were caused by conditions such as malnutrition.

The UN has called on the Venezuela government to act and properly mobilize resources to the remaining citizens.

h/t: Reuters, Relief Web, The OAS

Mark Wahlberg Details His Insane Daily Routine That Includes 'Cryo Chamber Recovery'

Mark Wahlberg's daily routine looks complicated, crazy, hectic and so much more. 

The Boogie Nights actor shared what he does on a daily basis on his Instagram stories earlier this week, where his day actually starts at 2:30 AM and ends at 7:30 PM. 

So it's basically like this: wake up, pray, eat, workout, eat, shower (yum), golf, eat, freezing yourself, family time, work time, eat, work, pick up the kids, eat, workout, shower (yum again), eat, family stuff, bed.

Wow. The Cryo Chamber Therapy part is the most interesting tidbit from Mark's daily life, as its something that has actually become very popular with some of the top athletes across the world. When he steps into the cryotherapy chambers, the ambient temperature is lowered to a number minus 110 Celsius or minus 166 Fahrenheit. It's designed to help people recover from strenous workouts at a faster pace.

 

That schedule and all his hard work looks to be paying off for him 30 years into his muscle-bound career, so... keep at it? 

Hostile Fights With Your Partner Could Make You Sick, Says New Survey

A new study says that fighting with our partners can cause repercussions to our health.

The study was conducted by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and led by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, the director of the center’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research. Helping her was Michael Bailey, who works for the institute and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Together, the two had the study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, according to Eureka Alert.

The study was conducted on 42 married couples, whether there were any same-sex couples included in that group was not detailed so we're guessing not.

Each couple was asked to privately discuss and hopefully resolve a conflict while being recorded for 20-minutes. These conflicts touched on topics such as money, in-laws, and more.

After each discussion, the couple’s video was watched to categorize their verbal and non-verbal behavior. Plus, the researchers tested the blood levels of participants before and after the fight.

The results showed that partners who were more hostile in behavior also had higher levels of a biomarker caused by leaky gut. This condition weakens the intestines and allows bacteria to enter the blood stream.

“Men and women who demonstrated more hostile behaviors during the observed discussions had higher levels of one biomarker for leaky gut — LPS-binding protein — than their mellower peers. Evidence of leaky gut was even greater in study participants who had particularly hostile interactions with their spouse and a history of depression or another mood disorder,” explains Eureka Alert.

“Marital stress is a particularly potent stress, because your partner is typically your primary support and in a troubled marriage your partner becomes your major source of stress,” Kiecolt-Glaser wrote.

It seems that more intense and hostile fighting between couples can cause wound healing to slow down and increase the risk of inflammation-related disease such as depression, heart disease, and diabetes.

While researchers are still investigating this link, they also gave tips on how to live healthier lives. They suggested healthier eating, probiotics, and calmer conversations with your partner.

h/t: Eureka Alert

Less UK Gay Men Have Been Diagnosed With HIV In Two Years

UK gay men are less frequently contracting HIV, according to the AIDS Map.

Public Health England recently released numbers on the amount of gay and bisexual men who have been diagnosed with HIV in the past few years.

Their records show that the number has been dropping in the past two years. While it reached 2290 in 2015, it then hit 2820 in 2016 and 2330 in 2017. That’s a 31% drop between 2015 and 2017.

On top of that, the biggest fall happened in London with diagnoses dropping to 41% whereas outside of London it was down 30%.

It wasn’t just gay men who saw this drop in diagnoses however as the total of 4363 people who were diagnosed with HIV in 2017 was lower than the 6043 in 2015 and the 5280 in 2016.

Current guesses are that the increase of HIV testing could have caused this general drop in diagnoses, but experts can’t confirm that idea just yet.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news though as the percentage of people diagnosed late did not get better.

As the AIDS Map reports;

“42% of all diagnoses were made with a CD4 cell count below 350/mm3. The highest rates are in heterosexual men (58% and 72% in black African heterosexual men) but also of great concern in heterosexual women (50%) and injecting drug users (47%). The rates are lower in gay and bisexual men (32%).”

While all of this information has just been released, there’s even more waiting to be published through a full analysis that will drop in November.

h/t: AIDS Map

Italian Doctors Invented A New Device To Pull A 23-Inch Dildo Out A Man's Butt

Doctors used a lasso to pull out a 23-inch dildo from an Italian man’s butt.

According to a published British Medical Journal Case report, an unnamed man appeared at an Italian hospital with a 23-inch dildo stuck inside of him. After trying to get the dildo out of himself for 24 hours, the man decided to seek professional help at ASST Great Metropolitan Hospital in Niguarda, Italy.

When he got there, he only shared that he had mild abdominal paid. Of course, the truth came out quickly after X-rays were taken.

But then came the problem of trying to get the dildo out of the man.

“Medics in Milan were unable to get the rubber dildo out using standard methods, complaining it was too big and smooth,” wrote The Daily Mail.

Because of this, the doctors decided they needed to build a new device for this specific task. And that device was… a lasso.

“We finally succeeded in the endoscopic extraction of the device, catching the distal edge of the dildo with this guidewire lasso.”

“This device showed a technical advantage as compared with ordinary polypectomy snares, due to its much higher stiffness.”

The report added:

"Our new ‘handmade’ device proved to be harder than an ordinary snare used for polypectomy [a procedure normally used to remove polyps] and allowed us to grab the foreign body," Dr Lorenzo Dioscoridi wrote in the BMJ case report.

"The choice of a relatively large diameter of the catheter (2.8mm) allowed us to avoid an excessive kinking of the loop inside the catheter that could limit a correct opening of this snare-like device.”

"In our opinion, this new technique is easy and reproducible in most endoscopy rooms, and we suggest it as a valid option to remove large foreign bodies from the colon and rectum when standard endoscopic devices fail in foreign body extraction."

As for the patient, he walked away from the hospital on the very same day as the procedure. He later wrote a note of thanks to the doctors for getting him out of that situation (and getting it out of him).

This is yet another story of someone shoving something random up their backside. The other most recent case being when a man high on GHB shoved 15 eggs up his butt.

h/t: BMJ case report, The Daily Mail, GayPopBuzz

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