STDs & Society
Friends With Benefits - Casual Sex - Safe Sex
Are people more likely to practice safe sex when they know that their relationship is non-exclusive - for example if they're in an open relationship or exploring a friends with benefits situation? Users discuss their experiences.
STDs Aren't Always a Sign of Infidelity
It's always stressful to find out you have a sexually transmitted disease, but finding out that you have an STD when you're married or in a long term committed relationship can be particularly devastating. Not only do you have to deal with the diagnosis, you have to face the reality that your partner could be having an affair and deal with the consequences of infidelity. Except for the fact that,…
Pap Smear - Oral Contraceptives - Coercion
Users share their opinions about whether requiring a pap smear to get birth control pills is coercive or whether it serves a useful societal purpose.
The Problem With Virginity Pledges
Focusing on the abstract concept of virginity is a dangerous way to approach sex education. Ask any two people, and they may not even agree on what it means. That's a problem, because shouldn't sex education help you figure out what you should and shouldn't do?
What is a Microbicide?
Microbicides are topical compounds that can be used to protect against STDs during rectal or vaginal intercourse
What Should I Know About The Hymen?
The hymen is a ring of tissue that fully or partially blocks the entrance to the vagina
Book Review - Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder is a YA novel that not only is fun to read but does a great job talking about the dangers of teen oral sex.
What Is The Tuskegee Syphilis Study?
The Tuskegee syphilis study is one of the most blatant examples of poor scientific ethics in recent history.
Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation is supposed to protect women from the side effects of promiscuity. It doesn't work.
Five Ways Rape Culture Contributes to STD Transmission
Learn about five ways that "rape culture" contributes to sexual health problems as well as to sexual violence.
History of the Condom
Condoms. They've been around for a lot longer than you'd think.
HPV Vaccine Legislation Page
The National Conference of State Legislatures is tracking proposed legislation related to mandating the HPV vaccine.
Is there a relationship between Viagra and STDs?
Viagra increases STD risk, but not because of its effects on biology. It's all about behavior.
Why do science writers need to base their articles on primary sources?
Science writers sometimes write their article based on press releases or other science writers' articles rather than going to the scientific literature as their primary source. This article explores why that is a bad idea.
Circumcision - Is Circumcision a Medical or A Cultural Choice?
There is a growing debate about the role of circumcision in the U.S. Here users share their opinions about the role of personal and medical issues in making decisions about circumcision.
Can safe sex keep me from becoming a zombie?
How will the zombie apocalypse affect your sex life? This article helps you make informed, safe decisions about zombies and sex.
Book Review: Mating in Captivity
Mating in Captivity, by Esther Perel, is a fascinating look at how to improve sexual satisfaction in a relationship.
Book Review - Monogamy: The Untold Story
Monogamy: The Untold Story is book designed for couples who are looking to improve their monogamous relationships. It also includes a fascinating psychological, biological, and cultural review of the concept of monogamy.
In 2009, How Many People Were Diagnosed with an STD?
Every year, the CDC collects STD statistics on the most common STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. This is a summary of the STD statistics from 2009, which were released in late November of 2010.
What is Veneral Disease or VD?
Venereal disease, or VD, is an old-fashioned term for STDs.
Missing the AIDS Activism of the 80's
Sometimes I miss being an HIV educator in the 1980's. I'm glad HIV is so much more treatable now, but it feels like there's less motivation to change.
Online Dating and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Online dating can be a great way to meet people; however, sometimes it's TOO good a way. Some researchers think that online dating makes it too easy to have casual sex. Others think it's a great way to promote discussions of STD risk.
Violence and HIV
HIV risk is increased for men and women who experience intimate partner violence.
Condoms in Prisons - A Good Idea
Some people think that giving condoms to prisoners will encourage them to have sex. It isn't any more true for prisoners than it is for teens.