“Nobody warned me,” Emily, a pseudonym, told RH Reality Check. “They don’t tell you what’s normal recovering and you’re left to wonder, ‘Am I okay? When do I call the doctor and when do I just suffer?'”
The old trope of “you’ve had sex with everyone your partner has had sex with and everyone their partners had sex with” got a fancy website this week. But the math is useless, unless your goal is to shame someone for their sex life.
This week, teens get health and sex information on the web, condom demonstrations are allowed in New York City public school health classes, and a British woman serves time for being too loud.
I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.
In this week’s sexual health roundup: scientists in China discover an HIV-blocking molecule that may become the basis for an effective microbicide; psychologists find that men believe women in red are more attractive and more willing to have sex; and the FDA approves a competitor to Viagra that acts fasters but warns that over-the-counter versions might not be all natural as promised.
Have you ever wondered how epidemics are controlled? Well, you can thank your local DIS for that.
It is easy to overlook seniors when we see the dire numbers around STIs and teens, yet we remain at risk for sexually transmitted infections as we age.
Coming from the public health perspective, it isn’t a fun job to notify someone about their exposure to an STD, but it is fulfilling to know that you have helped keep someone healthy. So the next time the phone rings, keep in mind, it may not be the call you want, but it may be the call you get and it will help protect you.
We need to make sure that young people are getting tested if they have had unprotected sex, getting educated, and using the tools and resources available to them to prevent both STD transmission and unintended pregnancy.
Earth Day is just around the corner! So, how are you celebrating? Me, I’m getting the “big chop,” cutting inches off my hair. My “big chop” decision was a step toward healthier hair without the use of toxic products.