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A HIV-Positive Sperm Bank Has Opened Up, But It's Not As Bad As It Sounds

No, it's not a name for a frozen yoghurt place.

Despite all the medical progress we’ve made in sexual health over the years, there are still misconceptions when it comes to STDs, specifically HIV. So to educate folks on the virus, the world’s first HIV-positive sperm bank has opened in New Zealand.

Now before you judge, this whole initiative is honestly not as bad as it sounds and is actually for a great cause.

Called Sperm Positive (via The Guardian), this HIV-positive sperm bank was created as part of an initiative by the New Zealand Aids Foundation, Positive Women Inc and Body Positive, and already has three male donors signed up for the program, all of whom are living with HIV.

Each of the three aforementioned HIV-positive donors are living with undetectable viral load, which means the amount of the virus in their blood is so low that it can’t be detected by standard methods.

While this doesn’t mean the HIV is cured, it means antiretroviral treatments are working and the virus is at such insignificant amounts in the blood that it’s unable to be passed on, even if you do the beast with two backs with no condom or give birth to a child.

The aim of Sperm Positive is to raise awareness about HIV and to help dispel the negative stigma associated with the disease and those living with the disease. Dr. Mark Thomas, an infectious diseases doctor from Auckland University, says on the initiative’s website that “a HIV-positive sperm bank is perfectly safe.”

“An HIV patient who is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load has no virus in their blood or genital secretions, including their sperm, and can’t pass the infection to anyone else.”

One of the three donors to Sperm Positive, Damien Rule-Neal, tells Radio New Zealand that he faced bullying after revealing his HIV-positive status to his employer and hopes that this initiative will lead to greater understanding of the disease, greater awareness on how it’s possible to live long and happy lives, and educating people that it is possible to have healthy children even when diagnosed with the virus.

“We’ve got the science behind it to say that medication makes you untransmittable and that people can go on to have children, as I’ve seen a lot of my female friends that have HIV go on to have children, it shows that science and medication have given us that ability back.”

Sperm Positive won’t be operating as a traditional sperm bank or fertility clinic. Rather, if a match is agreed by all parties, the initiative will put them in touch with local fertility clinics.

There’s still a lot of work to do when it comes to dispelling all the negative stigma associated with HIV. But with celebrities like Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness and Charlie Sheen going public with their own HIV status and the launching of initiatives like Sperm Positive, it seems like things are looking bright for the future to come.

Guy Completely Cooks It At Online Dating, Makes His Own App Instead

And still he only matches with bots.

Look, online dating is a tough gig these days. After wading through the many, many dating apps that are out there (before settling on Tinder like everyone else), you then have to make a detailed profile that includes a bunch of well-lit photos of yourself.

After that, you then have to swipe through countless profiles while hoping the app’s algorithm takes pity on you and pushes you to the forefront of people’s phones. Online dating is meant to be fun, not a chore.

So in an attempt to game the online dating world, a 30-something bloke by the name of Aaron Smith decided to save himself a heap of trouble and heartache by making his own dating app called “Singularity.”

It works just like Tinder in that you swipe left for a no and swipe right for a yes. There is a catch with Singularity though: the only profile on the app is Smith’s.

With the help of a software engineer friend and a heap of pent-up frustration over trying to find love via online dating, Smith decided to make Singularity as a way to vent while also having a laugh.

The joke is clear from the onset as the app asks your social security number to login, as well as a secondary login option via an “Okay fine” button. Hell, the “Privacy” policy is literally just the link to the music video for ‘Every Breath You Take.’

But there’s also a hint of seriousness with Singularity as the app bypasses the infinite scrolling you find on Tinder in favour of an ending card with Smith’s contact info and the line, “Yes, this is a joke. But what if it isn’t?”

Chatting to CNET, Smith says he’s had a few Facebook friend requests through Singularity but it isn’t going to stop him from using Bumble. That being said, he says he met his last serious girlfriend through Tinder so he’s more than open to meeting someone through his (semi) joke app.

The biggest of props to Smith for thinking outside the box when it comes to online dating. It certainly isn’t easy and here’s hoping he finds someone, whether it’s through Singularity or some other app. And hey, everyone got a good laugh out of this at the very least so it’s a win-win as far as we’re concerned.

Black Panther Literally Helped Save A Poor Kid Who Got Impaled In The Face

Who said you couldn't learn anything from a Marvel movie?

When you sit down to watch a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, you’re doing it for the entertainment, explosions and quips. You’re certainly not watching an MCU flick for any important life lessons or insights into the human psyche. But for some kid in America, watching Black Panther literally helped save his life.

11-year-old Xavier Cunningham (via People) was playing in a treehouse one day when he was attacked by a swarm of wasps, which by the way are absolute bastards and deserves all the flack they get.

In an attempt to escape from those painful, god forsaken insects, Xavier accidentally fell from a ladder to his treehouse and impaled his face onto a foot-long meat skewer that was left out in the open for some unknown reason.

This wasn’t some mere flesh wound either as it pierced through the front of his face and through the back of his skull.

A SFW recreation of the accident.

Luckily for Xavier, he didn’t panic, left the skewer in his head as it was, and was rushed to hospital, where doctors were able to remove the skewer once they recovered from the shock of the “one in a million” chance that the object somehow missed the kid’s nerves and brain stem.

When Xavier was asked later how he managed to keep calm and not touch the skewer, he said he learned it from watching Black Panther. Specifically, the fight at the end between T’Challa and Killmonger.

At the climax of the final battle in Black Panther, T’Challa stabs Killmonger in the chest with a dagger. After an emotional final few words between cousins and a moment of understanding while watching the sunset, Killmonger removes the dagger from his chest and dies.

Xavier says after he “watched Black Panther” and saw the part where “he just takes it out and dies,” he “was like, ‘Nope!'” and opted to keep the metal skewer in his head until medical aid had arrived.

He also mentioned how Jesus also played a part in saving his life, but that’s a far less interesting excuse as to how he survived so we’re just going to brush over that and keep the focus on the Black Panther stuff, which is pretty amazing no matter how you look at it.

So there you go, next time someone questions the merit of a Marvel film, the excuse “it may literally save my life” is actually applicable thanks to this bizarre incident involving Black Panther.

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