Former player takes leading role in STI testing

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June 7, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Kansas Jayhawks offensive lineman Brad Thorson (76) celebrates with quarterback Todd Reesing (5) in a 2009 college football game against Neraska. KANSAS CITY STAR/SHANE KEYSER/TNS

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — As the first former University of Kansas football player to come out as gay, Brad Thorson knows that talking about sex can be awkward and intimidating.

But he also knows the health dangers that can come from not talking about it.

“There’s a lot of shame still in getting STIs (sexually transmitted infections),” Thorson said. “We treat things like mono(nucleosis) as sort of a rite of passage in high school … but we really come down hard on somebody who gets something like chlamydia or gonorrhea.”

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