Sexual health is a concept that represents a real break from my past. As I am fond of pointing out in my lectures and my classes, I am the son of a urologist who was very concerned with sexually transmitted diseases in his medical practice. I grew up in the 1950s and early 60s, when sex was not the topic of polite conversation and certainly not a subject that dads and sons discussed regularly. However, when I reached the age when boys were expected to sew wild oats, my dad did more than just struggle through the obligatory birds-and-bees conversation.
He told me about his work.
Recently, 74-year-old icon Jane Fonda stirred up the imagination of her ardent admirers as she admitted in an interview that she ‘never had such a fulfilling sex life’ as she has now. Looking through the hourglass of time, this statement by the twice Academy award winning American actress challenges established myths and demolishes preconceived notions about indulgence in sex by seniors.
Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the striking health disparities faced by LGBTQ youth. The data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, conducted during 2001–2009 in seven states and six large urban school districts, shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk than their heterosexual peers for a host of unhealthy behaviors.