Where your self-esteem goes all bipolar. Lift you up with the Notes. Beat you down with the Notes.
Gay teenagers who’ve had at least four sexual partners are at increased risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), a recent study published online in November in the The Journal of Infectious Diseases suggests.
Researchers in Australia tested 200 young gay men ages 16 to 20 for HPV and genital warts, and gave them a sexual history questionnaire. HPV, which previous research suggests is carried by most adult gay men, is usually cleared by the immune system, but can cause genital warts and anal cancer, as well as cervical cancer among women.
"In this study we found rates of anal infection increased rapidly with increasing numbers of partners with whom they have received anal sex," said Marcus Y. Chen, senior author of the study and associate professor in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne in Australia. "The virus is presumably being transmitted from penis to anus."
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Yup! Definitely did my ginger tea! No kimchi tho. Finished of our beans from last night instead. Kimchi tomorrow! Also all the heaters are functioning at home!
This is the Gordon’s Fisherman GPOY I originally intended to post today before leaving my phone in my husband’s car.
Unfortunately, I may have contracted a cold today at school. Now laying in bed with the cat in the dark. I’ll probably go to bed early. I need to be well because the ugly sweater party is Saturday. :/
And he brought HEAT! Thank god. It was so cold today.
Left my phone in my husband’s car, so I have to rely on my computer to tell what time it is. He’s on his way to Berkeley, so on campus, phoneless. Meanwhile, I’m doing the Gordon’s Fisherman cosplay today at school.
…who wants to meet me after class today. I can’t TA for the epidemiology class unfortunately because of my work schedule. I’m barely surviving on 32 hours a week, and I can’t cut back further to 24 hours. I really wanted to TA because I want to be an investigational epidemiologist like Kate Winslet in “Contagion” when I grow up (except for that dying in a Minneapolis hotel part).
BRIGHT SIDE though… She wants to try and use this extra time to turn this into a research project so I can enter the CDC Preventing Chronic Disease Student Research Paper Contest. If my paper is accepted, I’d have my first journal article under my belt.
Just thinking that she felt that I would be capable enough to do something like that makes me want to cry because it’s an amazing opportunity. I’m really super excited, but I’m trying to keep it under wraps.
On top of that, she’s willing to write a letter of recommendation for me for the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research.
OMG. I’m going to die of a heart attack! Everything is happening, and it’s ALL. FUCKING. NUTS. Seriously, I had no idea how many doors would not just open, but fly off their hinges so I’d have to drop to the floor like this were Poltergeist by going to grad school.
Well fuck a duck. It hit 32°F. My poor poor plants! Plus our thermostat is busted on our wall heater, which is why I’ve been lying in bed the past 90 minutes. Need to get up and make some coffee and get going with my day. And maybe marinate some bulgolgi. But this kind of cold indicates it’ll be more of a soup kind of night tonight.
Bangladesh was created out of chaos in the early 1970s, at a moment when millions in the country were dying from a combination of war and famine. The future looked exceedingly bleak.
Abdul Majid Chowdhury and Noorul Quader were Bangladeshi businessmen who wanted to help their country. “We asked ourselves, ‘What the hell do we want?’ ” Chowdhury recalls. The answer he and his friends arrived at: “We need employment. We need dollars.”
Their solution involved Richard Nixon, an obscure but hugely influential trade deal, and a cultural struggle over kimchi.
At the time, Bangladesh had no modern economy to speak of. The country’s main export was jute, a fiber used to make burlap sacks. So Chowdhury looked to textiles, an industry that had been a first step out of rural poverty for dozens of countries, stretching all the way back to the Industrial Revolution in England. One problem: Chowdhury didn’t know the first thing about the textile business. “I did not know how many buttons I had in my shirt,” he says.
A few decades earlier, South Korea had also been a largely rural country that was devastated by war and written off by much of the world. But, partly by learning to make clothes and sell them to the world, South Korea had climbed the ladder out of poverty.
Chowdhury and a few of his colleagues went to South Korea and toured a clothing factory full of women working at sewing machines, and he knew instantly that women in Bangladesh could do the work. He managed to get a 45-minute meeting with the head of Daewoo, the giant company that owned the factory, and talked to the guy for 10 hours, until 2 in the morning. The meeting worked. Daewoo agreed to invest in a clothing factory in Bangladesh.
Help came from an unlikely source: President Richard Nixon. In the early ’70s, clothes and textiles were pouring into the U.S. from South Korea and other countries and were threatening U.S. textile jobs. European countries were having the same problem. In response, Nixon worked with European leaders to create a global agreement called the Multifiber Arrangement. The boring-sounding deal reshaped much of the global economy.
Top: There are more than 4,000 garment factories in Bangladesh. One way or another, most of them trace their lineage to Abdul Majid Chowdhury, Noorul Quader and the 128 Bangladeshis who traveled to Korea 30 years ago. (Kainaz Amaria/NPR)
Bottom: Workers sew together the Planet Money t-shirt in Chittagong, Bangladesh. (Kainaz Amaria/NPR)
Donald G. McNeil, The New York Times (via nprglobalhealth)
The AIDS epidemic in America is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men …
"Nationally, when only men under 25 infected through gay sex are counted, 80 percent are black or Hispanic — even though they engage in less high-risk behavior than their white peers.
"The prospects for change look grim. Critics say little is being done to save this group, and none of it with any great urgency.