This Week in Sex: Hollywood Edition


This Week in Sex is a weekly summary of news and research related to sexual behavior, sexuality education, contraception, STIs, and more.

Khloe Kardashian Reportedly Gets Tested for STDs

The obsession with the famous-for-being-famous Kardashians continues as the world watches Khloe’s marriage to basketball player Lamar Odom unravel. It appears Odom is battling a drug addiction and has cheated on his wife with at least five other women, two of whom have stepped forward.

An unnamed source told RadarOnline.com that “several months ago,” after learning of her husband’s infidelity, Khloe saw a doctor to get tested for a wide range of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The source explained, “Khloe knew she had to go to the doctor, and was tested for a full range of sexually transmitted diseases. She is healthy, thankfully, but never thought this would happen to her. It’s bad enough that Lamar betrayed their marriage vows, but to place her health in jeopardy is just disgusting.”

Though I personally have a hard time caring about this particular reality TV family, Kardashian’s actions are admirable. STDs are certainly one of the possible outcomes of cheating, especially when one partner is unaware that the other has engaged in extramarital activities. For many couples, particularly those in long-term relationships, monogamy is their method of STD protection. Of course, it only works if both partners are practicing it. If that turns out not to be the case, STD screening and treatment is a necessity.

Jennifer Aniston Does Not Want Statues of Syphilis in Her New Dream Home

Though few of us move into fully renovated Bel Air mansions, many can relate to compromising with our significant other when we decide to take the cohabitation plunge. When my significant other and I got our first apartment together, for example, I insisted we give up his street-found couch, and he vetoed a picture of an unmade bed that had hung in my college dorm room.

Now, despite their glamorous lives, it appears Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are having similar conversations as the engaged couple prepares to move in together.

Theroux recently explained to GQ that he has a collection of “beautiful wax-museum pieces—handmade, from the 1800s—from a museum of curiosities. They’re just these open mouths, with tongues, and in the throats are different stages, labeled, of syphilis and gonorrhea and whatever.” According to WetPaint.com, Aniston has banished these to his downtown office as they do not fit with her new decor.

While I don’t approve of gory pictures of STDs to educate teens, the statues sound kind of cool to me. I say, the weird art stays. Not only did I let my now-husband keep his comic book rack when we moved in together, I was the one who suggested spray-painting it red and hanging it in a prominent spot in the living room. Does that make me a cooler girlfriend than Aniston?

Sex Research Goes Primetime

Masters of Sex, a new drama series based on the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson is set to premiere on Showtime September 29, but subscribers can see it online already. When the drama starts, gynecologist Masters, already well-known as a fertility expert, is looking to do more lab-based research on sex. He hires Johnson, a divorcée who seems ahead of her time when it comes to sex, as his secretary. The pilot details the very beginning of what would become an epic professional and personal collaboration (the two ultimately married and later divorced). Starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, the pilot is part period piece and part relationship drama with the added bonus that it focuses on sex—the lab scenes where slightly embarrassed subjects get it on (with each other or by themselves) while attached to a host of odd-looking wires and gizmos are particularly amusing. And as Entertainment Weekly says, watch out for the dildo.

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