They need our help now more than ever.
Always use protection.
Ugh. We love science.
Best stock up on condoms.
And Sesame Street ain't happy.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's a good chance you have an STD.
Hopefully you don't know much about chlamydia except that you don't want it.
Holy crap, for the second time in recorded history a patient has been cured of HIV.
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.
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.
Gonorrhea (nicknamed The Clap) is only one antibiotic away from becoming untreatable. Yep, all the previous treatments are no longer responding.
I went to the health center and got my regular 6 month check up and I came up positive for…something.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.”