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The Big Leagues – Diary of a Sex Educator

Jun 27, 2013 | Diary of a Sex Educator |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)
After studying the ins and outs of sexually transmitted diseases tirelessly all week, it was time to get on the line (ASHA runs an STI question hotline and I was their new recruit).  My stomach was filled with giant, heavy butterflies as I sat at my desk waiting for my first call. The phone rang and I took a deep breath . . .

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DOMA No More

Jun 27, 2013 | Relationships |LGBTQ | Comments (0)
Supreme Court Rulings Boost Same-sex Marriage
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was declared unconstitutional yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court, with perhaps the biggest immediate impact of the ruling being that same-sex couples who’ve tied the knot will now be eligible for federal benefits if they reside in a state that recognizes their marriage.

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Michael Douglas, HPV, and Head & Neck Cancers

Jun 4, 2013 | HPV |STDs/STIs |General | Comments (0)

A mini-tsunami of publicity has been generated by the actor Michael Douglas asserting his throat cancer is due to HPV and, by extension, oral sex. ASHA’s HPV Resource Center has increasingly been fielding questions around oral sex and HPV, and this latest round of publicity has triggered even more interest. So what’s the scoop here?


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Love Thyself

Jun 3, 2013 | Sex ed |Sexual Health |General | Comments (0)

Despite the fact that we’re 13 years into a new millennium, when it comes to self-pleasuring – otherwise known as masturbation - we seem to still be in the Dark Ages. 

Many women I counsel about sex feel and believe that masturbation is only for men or people without a sex partner. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, research about self-pleasuring habits has revealed that men and women in couples are more likely to masturbate than single people. So why the blushing and nervous giggles whenever someone mentions it? Because few people find it easy to talk about sex openly and this is what causes the red-face and reticence when conversation turns to sex on our own steam.


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