Whatever you do, do NOT suggest the iconic stars of Sesame Street, Bert and Ernie have STDs because you will be shut down immediately!

A new advert for Mately, a New York City based company who offer discreet testing for STDs and HIV, has used the puppet pals in their latest campaign, and Bert and Ernie's owners are not happy about it at all because they didn't get permission to use the characters.

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The cheeky ad shows Bert and Ernie looking over their test results with Bert saying "See Ernie, you've got nothing to worry about everything is positive!"

A spokesperson for Sesame Workshop has told TMZ that;

"The Mately ad is an unauthorized, unlicensed use of our characters.  We will be contacting Mately and the appropriate parties with a cease and desist letter instructing them to take this down."

The image has now disappeared from the website, but the startup company must be over the moon with the attention their latest marketing campaign has attracted—mission accomplished!

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Mately is a subscription service offering users the ability to send in samples they've taken at home for analysis. The results are accessed online and can be shared with prospective partners on online dating services like Tinder and Grindr. They were hoping to raise $500,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, and with their profile raised as a result of illegally using Bert and Ernie's images, they should be well on the way to their goal.

Poor old Bert and Ernie's sexuality has been under scrutiny for years.  The private lives of the puppets have their own Wikia page and they have appeared on at least one gay wedding cake. The pair were also featured on the cover of the New Yorker in 2013 after the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act in California.

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The makers of Sesame Street have tried to play down the speculation saying;

"They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don't exist below the waist."

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Crokin had it all—brains, beauty, and a glamorous career as a Hollywood reporter.

She covered celebrities all over the world for various outlets such as Us Weekly, Star magazine, the RedEye Edition of the Chicago Tribune and In Touch Weekly.

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In 2012, she met Mallory Hill, a handsome, wealthy California businessman—a whirlwind romance began and before long, Liz was certain that Mallory was the one.

Liz Crokin and Mallory Hill in happier times

Then, out of the blue, Liz mysteriously fell ill. Her temperature soared, she couldn’t get out of bed, and she ached everywhere. Desperate, she checked herself into the hospital.

Doctors were baffled, and while trying to work out a diagnosis, interviewed Crokin and Hill about their sexual histories. Hill adamantly insisted that he had been tested and was not infected with any sexually transmitted diseases.

Only, Crokin says that he was lying—as, allegedly, he had so many times before, with so many other women. Hill purportedly had herpes, and he had infected Liz.

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Hill’s alleged misrepresentations delayed an accurate diagnosis of Crokin’s condition, which left undiagnosed and untreated for months, eventually caused herpes meningitis, an extremely serious condition. The infection became potentially fatal when it progressed to meningoencephalitis, a viral infection of the brain itself.

As Popdust previously reported, in 2014, Crokin launched a landmark lawsuit against Hill for infecting her with the virus and enlisted the services of superstar attorney Shaun Murphy, an attorney at Slovak Baron & Empey in Palm Springs, California.

In 2011, Murphy won a $6.7 million jury verdict for a client whose ex-boyfriend intentionally and negligently infected her with herpes.

His first sex tort client was awarded $2.49 million after being infected by her husband.

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Following news of Crokin’s lawsuit, slowly and surely, other alleged victims of Hill’s came forward to tell their story.

One potential bombshell witness was Hill’s ex wife, Betsy Hedreen Hill, who—Crokin claims—initially confirmed that her now ex-husband has herpes and that he infected her over 15-years ago, before going on to infect his mistress.

Crokin at the Hollywood Book Festival

Crokin says that Betsy told her, and her attorney, that Hill confessed to her he was infected with herpes only after she discovered a prescription for him to treat the STD.

“We subpoenaed my ex's ex-wife and gave her a deposition time and date,” Crokin tells Popdust, but, she alleges, Betsy soon had a sudden and mysterious change of heart.

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“When the ex-wife got served, she called my lawyer and left several frantic messages on his voicemail vowing to not testify to what she previously told us, claiming she didn't know anything about him having herpes, and that if we made her testify she would go to police and accuse me of attempting to harm her children,” Crokin alleges, going on to claim, “We have all these voicemails. My ex has gotten to her and she doesn't want certain family secrets getting out and that is why she does not want to cooperate.”

And that’s not all.

“Last week my lawyer deposed one of the several women who contacted us after my lawsuit went public last year,” Crokin says. “One woman had claimed that she used to have threesomes with my ex and prostitutes, and in effect, my ex got chlamydia so bad that he had ‘elephantitus balls’, according to her. She said that she’s known for years he has herpes and that she knows other women he’s infected.

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“Initially, she wanted to help with my case, but long story short, a credible person tipped us off that my ex has convinced her to help him, and not to tell the truth,” Crokin alleges. “This tipster said that my ex and his lawyer had the woman go into his lawyer's office and they actually coached her on what to wear and exactly what to say during the deposition!”

Crokin and her attorney Shawn Murphy

According to Crokin, the woman ended up admitting to all of this during the deposition, and Crokin’s attorney allegedly caught her in several other miss-truths as well. Unfortunately, according to Crokin, the woman is now not viewed as being a credible witness and her testimony cannot be used at trial.

“It’s frustrating that other people who can help are backing out now,” Crokin says. “As a victim I feel an obligation to warn other women, but at the end of the day we have facts and evidence on our side and I’m very confident that we’ll win.”

“After months of deceit, I did eventually get my ex to admit he has both herpes 1 and 2 over an e-mail and in a tape recorded conversation,” Crokin claims. “He also goes into detail during one phone conversation about how he infected his ex-wife with herpes as well.”

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“We’re hoping for a 2016 trial,” Murphy tells Popdust. “It’s been slow in large part because of the defendant’s refusal to cooperate.”

“My ex has not turned over his financial information which our judge has court ordered,” Crokin alleges. “He has missed every deadline.”

“So right now we are going through the sanction process. Since he's not turning over court ordered documents this will lead to court fines and/or possibly jail,” she goes on to claim. “Also, he is attempting to liquidate his assets. He has five million dollar plus homes. His Michigan home is currently on the market.”

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Meanwhile, Murphy remains undaunted.

“The success of the case is not contingent on other people’s testimony,” he tells Popdust. “We have the truth and facts on our side.”

In the meantime, Crokin has penned Malice, a sensational bestselling novel based on her horrifying ordeal.

Crokin and her Malice book editor, Meaghan Murphy

On July 25, Liz accepted an award for Best Fiction in the wild card category at the Hollywood Book Festival.

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Faculty at Crane High School in Crane, Texas, unanimously decided not to teach their students sex-ed, and now, about 1 out of every 15 of those students is itching, burning, swelling—it’s a scene, man.

Parents of the afflicted students and their frightened classmates received a letter last week, alerting them to the school’s chlamydia outbreak, which is affecting close to seven percent of the student bodies—body… well, both, I guess—resulting in 20 cases (out of a total of 300 students).

According to Planned Parenthood, chlamydia is an STD that affects both men and women, often has no symptoms, is easily spread with or without symptoms, can be easily treated—but, can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system if left untreated—and condoms offer a good form of protection against contracting the disease.

However, as per the school’s student handbook, if they did cover the topic of sex education, and the prevention of STDs, they would put a very heavy emphasis on abstinence, rather that prevention:

Currently, Crane ISD does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality. Should this topic be  covered in the course of instruction in another class, the following guidelines are guidelines to which the district will adhere.

  • Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age;

  • Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior;

  • Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the emotional trauma associated either adolescent sexual activity;

  • Direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; and

  • If included in the content of the curriculum, each contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.

Local news station, KOSA, reports that Crane High School does now offer senior students three days of sex-ed at the beginning of the fall semester—from which parents are able to request their children opt out of.

Guess those three days just aren’t enough though.

In defense of the school, their hands are pretty much tied when it comes to what they are able to teach when it comes to sex-ed—In 2012, the district’s School Health Advisory Committee recommended Scott & White’s “Worth the Wait” Abstinence Plus curriculum if the subject is taught—and Texas state law demands that any sex-ed courses devote more attention to abstinence than any other behavior. And, that students must be taught that abstinence until marriage is the best way to prevent STDs.

Yeah? How’s that workin’ out for ya Lone Star peeps?

Really not that well it transpires. According to Dallas County Health and Human Services, STDs have spiked significantly recently—with a 31 percent increase in Syphilis diagnoses in one year alone.

Meanwhile, according to the CDC, the South has 8 of the 11 states with the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the U.S..

There are many stories of heroics that have come out of World War II, but none quite so bizarre than that of the Czech nurse who intentionally infected Nazi officers with STDs in revenge for their occupation and rape of her homeland—and of herself.

Yesterday, the unidentified woman finally got the recognition she deserves, after a plaque was erected in her honor on the house she used to reside in, in the Czechoslovakian town of Trebon.

The man behind the plaque is 79-year-old former lawyer, Karel Friml, who now lives in the late woman’s house—and has campaigned for her to be honored ever since learning of her incredible story,

Friml explains the young nurse turned vengeful vigilante when she was infected with several STDs after being raped by Nazi soldiers, shortly after the German occupation began back in 1938.

Unfortunately, we don't know her exact name because time and memories have failed to preserve it.

But we know that she was assigned to look after wounded German soldiers and began affairs with them.

This was her resistance and vengeance for the rape of her country and her personal rape. She had many German lovers, maybe six, maybe ten, maybe more.

People say that all of them disappeared after the affair with her.

Initially the nurse was branded a whore by her Czech neighbors, but attitudes started to change after multiple soldiers began complaining of irritation and pains in their groins, and the community realized she was intentionally infecting the troops with STDs.

It didn’t take long however for the Gestapo to catch on, and they dispatched an agent to the small town to figure out what was behind the multiple soldiers’ shared and sudden malaise.

Friml explains:

The Gestapo were alerted to the fact that soldiers in the town were oddly contracting the same diseases and sent a secret agent to the hospital.

He uncovered what she was up to and had her shot.

I am really sorry that she died anonymously, I think she was a hero. And that's why we have made this memorial plaque to her and placed it on the wall of the house

The nurse's honorary plaque roughly translates to, "Trebon girl who paid with her life for her special way of resistance against the German occupiers"

Via The Express

Phil Robertson is no stranger to controversy, previously comparing homosexuality to bestiality.

Not one to disappoint an expectant audience, the Duck Dynasty star told his congregation at the White's Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La. that they will never contract an STD - IF they practice "biblically correct sex."

"Biblically correct sex is safe," Phil said. "It's safe. You're not going to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS. If a man marries a woman, and neither of you have it, and you keep your sex between the two of you, you're not going to get ever sexually transmitted diseases."

Hmmmm.

"The Bible said one man, one woman: that's what [God] made to begin with. For this reason, we have a male and a female. For that reason, those two can come together and be married. And when they marry, what God has joined together, let man not separate."

According to Phil, the "orthodox liberal opinion" is to blame for "so many terrible, debilitating diseases." Frankly we'd take a bit of the old herp any day over being stuck with the wrong person for the rest of our lives...

 

Condoms, rubbers, Jimmys…whatever you want to call them, they may well be a thing of the past (when it comes to pregnancy prevention) in the very near future.

According to a report, released by the Parsumus Foundation, a revolutionary new birth control procedure for men is set to hit the market by 2017.

The procedure comes in the form of an injectable drug called Vasalgel, and acts in a similar way to a vasectomy, but, non-surgical and easily reversible.

Vasalgel is based on a non-hormonal contraceptive, called RISUG, which has been widely available in India for nearly 15 years—and, just one single treatment would ensue effective pregnancy prevention for an extended period of time.

Treatment involves injecting the drug directly into a man’s vas deferens (the vessels that transport sperm to the ejaculatory ducts— which are surgically severed as part of a vasectomy), blocking the flow of sperm.

However, unlike a vasectomy, Vasalgel can be flushed out of the system with just one single, second injection, meaning a man can be back to his regular baby making sperm services lickety spit.

The company says that the first trials are set up for later this year and they anticipate Vasalgel being on the market by 2017. Their hope is to market it to men in their 20s and 30s, who are on the dating market.

Which is all well and good, but…let’s all remember, pregnancy prevention is only one of the uses of condoms…Vasalgel may well ensure no unwanted babies cropping up, but it sure as hell won’t stop the chance of catching a nasty ass STD…

Via Daily Beast