Teenagers prefer oral sex
Two-thirds of teenagers and young adults aged 15 to 24 have had oral sex, according to researchers who say people in this group may mistakenly feel it is less risky than vaginal intercourse. This is the first time researchers asked young people about the timing of oral sex relative to vaginal intercourse, according to findings by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, based on 6,346 interviews that followed behavior from 2007 through 2010, determined that 66 percent of females and 65 percent of males had experienced oral sex. About 25 percent of both genders had oral sex at least once before they had vaginal intercourse for the first time, the survey found. “However, young people, particularly those who have oral sex before their first vaginal intercourse, may still be placing themselves at risk of STIs or HIV before they are ever at risk of pregnancy,” wrote the authors, led by Casey Copen in the division of vital statistics for the Atlanta-based CDC.
Hank the cat runs for Senate
Hank, a cat running for the US Senate, bared his claws on Wednesday with a radical proposal for improving the US’ unpopular Congress: get rid of the humans. “It’s OK to make a change. It’s OK to vote the humans out,” a campaign video released by the feline politico says. Most media coverage of the Senate race in Virginia focuses on Republican former governor George Allen and Democratic nominee Tim Kaine, another former governor and ally of US President Barack Obama. However, Hank is not one to whinge about media bias. He writes on www.hankforsenate.com that his traditional American self-reliance is the way forward. Born to a single mother and forced to live on the street, Hank says he “earned his success and his name through hard work.” Although there is little polling data on Hank’s bid to become the first cat in the Senate, a vote based on popularity of his Facebook page would have him breathing down the Democrat’s neck. At last count, Kaine’s site scored 24,271 “likes” to Hank’s 23,664.
Chimp cheats birth control
A 42-year-old chimpanzee whose unexpected pregnancy was discovered in February has given birth to a healthy girl. Ginger gave birth on Monday at the Chimp Haven sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees. Ginger’s pregnancy was a surprise, because every male must get a vasectomy before coming to the sanctuary in northwest Louisiana. Since February, every male in a group with a female and still interested in breeding has been given a newer type of vasectomy, while every female is on birth control. The baby has not yet been named. Sanctuary officials say a donor who pays US$13,000 a year to support the chimp can name the baby. If that does not happen, the sanctuary will take suggestions from the public.
‘Hero’ on sex assault charge
An Iraqi man hailed as a hero for helping US soldiers in his homeland is one of five Iraqis accused after a woman suffered serious injuries during a sex assault in Colorado. Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon, 22, was charged with sexual assault and being an accessory after he was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the July 22 attack. Soldiers said they met Ramadon in 2003, when he pleaded with them to arrest him in exchange for key information about local insurgents. Ramadon was featured in A Soldier’s Promise, a combat memoir by Army First Sergeant Daniel Hendrex.