USA TODAY NETWORKBrett Molina, USA TODAY Published 12:42 p.m. ET Jan. 5, 2018
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As tensions between North Korea and the U.S. rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want Americans to be prepared in case of a nuclear event.
The agency scheduled a briefing Jan. 16 titled "Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation," where federal, state and local officials will detail what preparations have been made in case of such an event.
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African Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. Close to half of all new HIV diagnoses are among African Americans.
Some U.S. cities have a higher rate of HIV than others. Here are the top ten: #1 - Baton Rouge, LA: took the top spot for HIV with a 44.7 percent. The city is the center for massive opiate addiction. #2 - Miami, FL: is second with a 42.8 rating. #3 - New Orleans, LA: took third place with a 36.9 rating. About 19,000 people in New Orleans have HIV, and more than half of them have AIDS. #4 - Jackson, MS: has an HIV rating of 32.2. #5 - Orlando, FL: has a rating of 28.8 for HIV, which is slightly lower than their rate in 2013-2015. #6 - Memphis, TN: has a rating of 27.6, with African-American gay and bisexual men being most affected by HIV. CDC estimates that 2,000 people in Memphis do not know they have HIV. #7 - Atlanta, GA: more than 1,000 people are diagnosed with HIV each year in Atlanta. Their HIV rating is 25.9. #8 - Columbia, SC: has a 25.6 HIV rating, with contributing factors such as poverty, rural geography, lack of affordable healthcare and social stigma. #9 - Jacksonville, FL: this Florida city has a HIV rating of 25.1, which is believed to be due to the number of business people and tourists who travel to Jacksonville. #10 - Baltimore, MD: comes in at #10 with a 24.3 HIV rating. It is the only one of the top ten cities for HIV that is not located in the south. For the full report, visit www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/geographicdistribution.html
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Skeptics of pornography’s harmful effects will often point out that porn has been around for a long time. After all, cavemen drew sexual images on their stone walls, and the ancient Greeks sculpted it on their pottery. But comparing ancient paintings on clay pots to today’s endless stream of hardcore videos depicting every possible sexual act in high definition, available 24 hours a day on a device that fits into your pocket, isn’t exactly comparing apples to apples.
Porn has changed dramatically even within the last few decades. As porn’s availability has risen, so have its devastating effects on people, relationships, and society at large. As therapist John Woods recently wrote, pornography “is no longer just a private problem. It is a public health problem.”
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"It's not his fault, he has a disease. He can't control it. He needs help." These are the words I've heard repeatedly from spouses of alleged sex addicts, as my new book, The Myth of Sex Addiction, is getting increased media attention. Wives of these men sometimes seize the sex addiction label as a way to tell themselves that their husband's sexual misbehaviors are not a personal issue. Maybe if it's a disease, these problems aren't truly a sign of problems in the marriage, or in the husband or wife. When they call these choices a sex addiction, it's a way to say that their husbands really aren't meaning to be selfish, impulsive and destructive, but that their choices and consequences of those choices, are the result of an illness. And illnesses are out of out control, aren't they?
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