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Sex education: How young is too young?

Jul 1, 2010 | Sexual Health |Sex ed |Adolescent health | Comments (0)
A somewhat controversial article was published in the UK last week. According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in London and Manchester, children as young as five years old should be taught about sex—and not just sex but the “value of ‘mutually rewarding sexual relationships’” says Jimmy Kilpatrick from EducationNews.org.

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National HIV Testing Day

Jun 22, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (0)

National HIV Testing Day is June 27th.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are over 1 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS, about a quarter of whom don’t know they’re infected. Think about that: 1 in 4 Americans living with HIV have no clue. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are among those at greatest risk: although MSM represent only approximately 2% of the US population, they have an HIV diagnosis rate more than 44 times that of other men, and more than 40 times that of women! How’s that for a cold, hard fact?

Social factors also cause poor and disadvantaged communities to be hit especially hard by the HIV epidemic. While some groups are impacted more than others (including blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos), HIV affects people from all backgrounds. Anyone who is, or has been, sexually active can be at risk.

It is important that you talk with your health care provider about testing for HIV. Your health care provider can guide you through the testing process and tell you what you need to know. You can find a health care clinic near you by clicking here. To learn more about HIV visit our HIV pages.

Get tested and know your status!

~Connie A.


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Sex and the Senior Set

May 21, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (0)
The notion that older people have sex lives isn’t as quaint or as easily dismissed as in years past, I believe. The age of Viagra® allows countless men to stand at attention and report for duty even as they qualify for the senior menu at most any chain restaurant. Then there’s the phenomenon of “cougars” – older women hooking up with younger guys – that has such cultural cache its spawned everything from television shows to niche online dating sites. The idea that “40 is the new 30” has been stretched to the point that even those in their sixth and seventh decades look, feel, and act “younger” than in generations past.

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Egads! Where are the 'nether regions'?

May 11, 2010 | Sexual Health |Adolescent health | Comments (1)
Okay. So the 11:00 pm news is on and I perk up when I hear news about sexting by teen girls recently uncovered in a suburban county in Maryland. No surprise of course, but newsworthy and in my backyard. Then, a normally articulate, police department spokesperson attempts to describe these texts. Uh oh. What’s a nice guy to say on national TV? Well, these images are troubling. In fact, these girls were sending very explicit pictures, he explains. Including pictures of “their nether regions, if you will.” Seriously? Their nether regions? Holland maybe?

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Condoms and Earth Day: Wrap Your Willie and Save the World?

Apr 23, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health |Condoms | Comments (1)

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the Center for Biological Diversity distributed 250,000 latex condoms to counter what it says is the harsh environmental impact of an expanding global population.

Ah, but there was a hitch to their pitch. Leslie Kaufman, writing in the Green blog on the website of the New York Times, points out that critics note the condoms given away by the organization are made of latex, which doesn’t break down easily when discarded (think landfills) and might be considered a somewhat odd choice for a group promoting environmental responsibility.


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