9 Sep 2000: A close up of Carlos Polk #13 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watching the action during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Cornhuskers defeated the Fighting Irish 27-24 Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /AllsportCarlos Polk played the final year of his NFL career for the Dallas Cowboys, after a long tenure with the San Diego Chargers.Now, he’s returning to Dallas to join the Cowboys’ coaching staff.According to ESPN, the Cowboys are bringing on Carlos Polk as assistant special teams coach.From Todd Archer:Carlos Polk will join the Cowboys as an assistant special teams coach, replacing Doug Colman. Polk had a seven-year career in the NFL as a linebacker, including one season with the Cowboys (2008). He was a coaching intern with the Cowboys for a summer after his career ended. He served as the assistant special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-18.The move comes a day after the surprising news that Jerry Jones is not expected to extend the contract of head coach Jason Garrett.The oft-embattled Cowboys head coach’s contract ends after the 2019-2020 season. It is very rare for a coach to enter the final year of his deal without an extension.Polk joined the Cowboys as a player in 2008, after being drafted out of Nebraska by San Diego with the No. 112 overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft.He is a member of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, and was an All-American in 2000, and a two-time All-Big 12 player for the Huskers.Polk has served on the Chargers and Buccaneers staff in the same role since leaving Dallas.[ESPN]
Since then, advances in treatment mean young people with HIV now have near normal life expectancy, while game-changing preventive drugs reduce the chance of transmission by 90 per cent.But the rise in unprotected sex has left increasing numbers exposed to other sexually transmitted infections, experts warn.In April NHS officials said dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr should advertise handouts of free condoms to prevent a surge in sexually transmitted infections.Dr Michael Brady, medical director at sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, said rates of infections were “unacceptably high” and said cuts to public health budgets were fuelling a “sexual health crisis”. Websites which help people find local sexual partners may be fuelling a rise in unprotected sex Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s usually caught by having sex with someone who’s infected.It can usually be treated with a short course of antibiotics, but if left untreated can cause serious long term problems.Last year officials warned of increasing outbreaks after a historical decline in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the spectre of HIV pandemic encouraged safer sex. Syphilis cases have reached the highest level since 1949 following a rise in unsafe sex as fears about HIV have faded, new figures suggest.The official data shows the number of diagnoses has doubled in five years, with most cases occuring in gay and bisexual men.It follows warnings from health officials that risky sexual behaviours – including unprotected activity, “chem sex,” the use of “hookup” apps such as Grindr – and “poz” parties where HIV positive men select sexual partners – are fuelling the rise.The figures from Public Health England show 5,920 syphilis diagnoses in 2016 – a rise of 12 per cent in one year, and a near doubling from 3,001 cases in 2012.PHE said that the cases were mostly associated with transmission in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.