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Oct 29, 2015

Sorry But Your Weekend Make Out Buddy Probably Has Herpes

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's a good chance you have an STD.

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Jun 25, 2015

Game Changer: Scientists Are Working On A Vaccine For The World’s Most Common STI

Hopefully you don't know much about chlamydia except that you don't want it.

Doctors Cured Baby With HIV, Holy Crap [Candy Dish]

Holy crap, for the second time in recorded history a patient has been cured of HIV.

Mar 4, 2013

What Exactly Is Safe Sex? [He Said/She Said]

So CC's lovely editor Alex was browsing Reddit this week and came across this post, with a guy asking if it was unreasonable to ask his girlfriend of four years to give him a blow job without a condom. My initial thoughts? That must taste weird, very latex-y and possibly like spermicide.

Jan 12, 2013

STDs Are So Hot Right Now [Sexy Time]

The other day, my supervisor barreled into the office and proceeded to freak out about this article he'd read in the New Yorker about a new strain of gonorrhea that can't be treated with antibiotics. He and my other boss - both of whom are married and ostensibly free from contracting STDs - were utterly appalled and proceeded to disparage people who have casual sex, and said they hope this news would teach the "floozies" a lesson.

Oct 4, 2012

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Aug 14, 2012

Gonorrhea is Almost Untreatable [Sex in the News]

Gonorrhea (nicknamed The Clap) is only one antibiotic away from becoming untreatable. Yep, all the previous treatments are no longer responding.

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May 30, 2012

How Do I Tell Him He Gave Me An STD!? [Ask a Dude]

I went to the health center and got my regular 6 month check up and I came up positive for…something.

Mar 13, 2012

Sex in the News: More Online Dating = More STDs?

Across the border in my home country of Canada, rates of STDs have rapidly been increasing since 2000. Syphilis cases have increased 10 times over, while chlamydia rates have increased 66 percent. Public-health experts are saying that this can partially be attributed to the popularity of online dating.

Mar 9, 2012

Friday Faves: True Story – I Have HPV

I met him my first night of college. Although not the fairytale every girl imagines, we hit it off in the basement of a fraternity house. It was a passionate, whirlwind love affair that lasted about a month. Long story short, we don’t speak any more. I took it as a learning experience about relationships and the healing process was not easy.

Dec 15, 2011

Sexy Time: My Wishlist

'Tis the season to be jolly, to count thy blessings, and to make itemized lists of all the things you want. I used to wish for an easy bake oven, then Justin Timberlake's hand in marriage, then an unlimited supply of Louboutins...oh, wait, I could still definitely go for that. In addition to a shoe closet to rival Mariah Carey's (and world peace), I also wish for a shift in our collective sexual culture.

Aug 12, 2011

Is Your Vagina Broken? Guide To The Four Most Common Vaginal Problems

The best kind of a vagina is a happy vagina. That said, vaginas are very sensitive. And when something goes wrong, it's hard to not feel self-conscious, or dirty, or just really unnerved. More than likely, if your vagina is a bit off, it's due to an infection of some sort.

Jul 21, 2011

Sexy Time: Let’s Stop Stigmatizing STDs

I'm sure we're all aware of the shame and stigma associated with sexually transmitted diseases and infections. I mean, you'd have no qualms sharing that you missed class the other day because you had a cold and wanted to get it checked out. But how comfortable would you be sharing that you skipped class the other day to pick up antibiotics for your chlamydia infection?

Jul 12, 2011

Tuffy Luv Sez: CONDOMS!!!!!!!!!!

Now since I have lost my virginity I have found condoms extremely uncomfortable. I mean to the point where I am in tears from the pain. I have not found the reason behind this, I've tried ultrathins and pre-lubricated condoms, I've even tried using extra lube. It just hurts.

Mar 31, 2011

Sexy Time: 5 Sex Facts That Will Scare the Ish Out of You

Two days ago, I went to my university’s health center. Now, usually I completely disregard any information I get at the health center on the grounds of either A) I have heard that every year since I first took sex ed in 7th grade, or B) Those 'doctors' are full of ish. But this time, by the luck of the draw, I happened to get a check-up from someone that (gasp!) actually knew what they were talking about.

Mar 21, 2011

7 Things You Need to Know About Your Pill

In this day and age, it seems like every one of my friends is on the birth control pill. However, unlike most girls, most of my friends went on the pill to have sex at the end of high school, and simply stayed on it to enter college. And while most people know the basics of birth control, few people ever bother to read the fine print.

Jan 14, 2011

Friday Faves: Pig in a Blanket – An Acquired Taste?

My first boyfriend was uncircumcised. At the young, inexperienced age of fourteen, I realized this only because one day while chilling on the futon in the den having a post BJ-sesh chat, he informed me that some of the girls he had been with (because as a sixteen-year-old senior, he was far more sexually experienced than my freshman self) were initially freaked out by the au natural state of his Scottish-born ween.

Dec 1, 2010

World AIDS Day: You Can Make A Difference

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day - a day to take action towards informing yourself about how to protect yourself and others from HIV while reducing the prejudice of those infected. AIDS may seem like a problem only in the developing world, but it's not. Over 1.1 million people in the USA have HIV. There remains a stigma around AIDS that can reduced the more we talk about it.

Oct 21, 2010

Sexy Time: Bareback Mountin’

There are a lot of decisions to be made in a long-term relationship -- whose friends to hang out with more often, if and when to cohabit, whose place to crash at more often, and what you’d both like the future to look like. Once sex enters the relationship – whether if it’s on the first date or on the first night of marriage, there comes a whole new set of decisions to make.

Sep 29, 2010

STDs: Dont Ask, Don’t Tell?

Sarah woke up one Sunday with an aching pain in her throat. The night before, she had felt a bit sick after a week of intense studying and paper-writing. But, deciding her sanity was more important than her health, she threw back a few shots of Jose and hit the town with her girlfriends.

Sep 16, 2010

Do You Know The Dangers of Gardasil?

I remember when the Gardasil phenomenon first started. Commercials for the vaccine were played on MTV approximately every three seconds, and within weeks, everyone I knew was rushing to the gynecologist for their three doses. And why wouldn't they?

Jul 1, 2010

Sexy Time: The Rules of The FWB

If there’s one way to complicate a friendship, it would be to add sex to the mix. This “hook-up culture,” as it has been so nicely labeled by middle-agers, seems to be the norm on college campuses everywhere. Students are much more likely to have a few drinks and go home with a friend, than go on a “real” dinner-and-a-movie date.

Apr 2, 2010

Duke It Out: College Condoms

This week, under the category of “news that made me say WTF!” was this little story about students at Georgetown University taping their mouths and chaining themselves to a statue in front of the school in protest of the fact the Georgetown doesn’t provide or help to provide contraceptive options like condoms to it’s students.

Dec 17, 2009

Sexy Time: Wrap it Up This Holiday Season

Condoms often get a bad rap. Their amazing qualities (they prevent STDs and pregnancy, people!) are often downplayed by horny college boys, because "sex doesn't feel as good" with them on. While I think a slight loss in sensation is a small price to pay for your health and piece of mind, I've put together a list of condoms that even the drunkest frat boy wouldn't turn down.

Dec 3, 2009

Sexy Time: Monogamy Schmonogamy

My boyfriend and I have been talking about an open relationship. The distance between us (Boston to LA) is starting to get really hard and our relationship is suffering because of it. But we love each other and neither of us is ready to give up. We've tried everything to make this work and now we're scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with any suitable alternative to our current situation.

Oct 15, 2009

Sexy Time: You Ready For It?

If you want be having sex, or be having more sex (and, come on, who doesn't!?) the best thing you can do is make sure you're prepared. Getting yourself ready for sex will put you in a mental mindset compatible with getting some. And feeling sexy will send out the come hither vibes that will make it happen.

Oct 14, 2009

Beer Pong Gets Swined

Swine flu is ruining everything. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t kiss without thinking I’m going to contract the disease of the pigs. And now, apparently, I can’t play beer pong. Officials at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have reported 21 cases of swine flu that they have cleverly traced back to a game of beer pong. One single game!

Jul 2, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Which Birth Control Is Best For Me?

Q: I am weighing my birth control options with my boyfriend. There are so many different choices now, so which is the least likely to fail? Any help would be appreciated!

Jun 4, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Is Birth Control Enough?

I am on the birth control pill and I want to stop using condoms with my boyfriend. I know he is clean, so I am not worried about STDs, but I am worried about pregnancy. Is the birth control pill enough to keep me from getting pregnant?

Jun 2, 2009

Move Over Condoms – There’s A New Birth Control In Town

Trojan, Durex, Lifestyles…watch out! A new study indicates that there is another method of birth control that may be almost as effective as condoms in preventing pregnancy. The best part is, it doesn’t require any pill, patch, or plastic; doesn’t include side effects of weight gain or nausea; and there’s no wasted rip’n’roll time.

May 6, 2009

Bristol Palin (Now) Thinks Abstinence is “The Only Way”

This morning on Good Morning America, hypocrite Bristol Palin discussed her plan to push an “abstinence-only” message on teens. She couldn’t quite explain how abstinence got her where she is today (with, ahem, a child at age 18), but she was very confident that “abstinence is the only way you can effectively, 100%, prevent pregnancy.”