Making the Right Choice
Apr 2014 15

Black doctor treating patient in hospitalPreparing to receive the results after a HIV or STI test can be nerve wracking. Your mouth is dry and your palms are sweaty but you are glad you were able to work up the confidence to get the tests done. You had been concerned about one slip up without a condom a few weeks ago with a new partner and decided to go to your local clinic.

As the nurse enters the room, your gut tells you the news isn’t good. She lets you know that one of your tests came back positive and that a round of antibiotics should clear it up. Though sad, you are relieved that it is a disease that is curable and vow to yourself that there will be no more slip ups. As you wait on your prescription, other thoughts begin to flood your mind. Where did I get this STI? Should I tell anyone? How would I even start that conversation with previous or current partners?

These thoughts are very common and may be one of the toughest things you’ll have to do. In order to prevent the spread of disease, you have to let other people know that they may have been exposed. On the other hand, feelings of anxiety and embarrassment, and even anger, may make it difficult to speak about the situation.

Thankfully, with technology it has become a tad easier to deliver news that may make you feel uncomfortable. There are now several apps that allow you to let folks know they may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection and still remain anonymous. Below are the apps:

Don’t Spread It (email and text-based)
InSPOT (e-card based)
Time2Test.org (ecards)
So They Can Know (email-based)

By no means is revealing something like this easy, but it is the right thing to do.

Is Gonorrhea Here to Stay?
Apr 2014 08

For some, the constant reminder to get tested for STDs helps them stay on top of their game and for others it may be an annoyance. Despite whatever your opinion of STD testing reminders, it is important that you stay up to date on potential consequences of unprotected sex.
Up until recently, all strains of Gonorrhea were able to be treated and cured with antibiotics. However, there is a new strain of Gonorrhea that cannot yet be cured. In 2012, Genesee County had the second highest rate of gonorrhea in the state of Michigan.

In order to protect yourself consider putting some of the tips below to practice:
1. Though unrealistic for some, abstinence is the only way to remain 100% Gonorrhea free.
2. Establish a monogamous sexual relationship. This means that you and your partner don’t have any other sex partners.
3. Get tested together. This is important so that the sexual relationship starts healthy.
4. Use a LATEX condom for all types of sex including oral, anal, and vaginal. Animal skin condoms allow for the bacteria to pass and don’t protect you from disease.
5. Dental Dams can be used for oral sex to the vagina or anus. You can buy them when you buy your condoms or make your own by cutting open a condom!
6. If sharing sex toys, be sure to use condoms on those as well because Gonorrhea can be spread on through sexual devices.
7. Do Not have sex if you or your partner have been experiencing symptoms of Gonorrhea which include burning sensation while urinating, unusual discharge, pain during sex, and painful or swollen testicles for men. In this case, go get tested together!

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Battery Operated…Enhancing Pleasure for Her
Mar 2014 25

There was a time when the mere mention of sex toys was considered taboo. Today they are more accepted and even beneficial for health. People have reported improved physical and psychological health by using sex toys. Below is a list of the benefits women can receive from sex toy use.

THE BENEFITS OF SEX TOYS

  1. Achieve Orgasm Faster and Easier with Vibrators
    High-frequency vibrations enable many women to achieve orgasm more quickly and easily. Vibrators are instruments that can be used anywhere on the body to relax muscles, relieve strain, as well as provide precise stimulation for pleasure.
  2. G-Spot Orgasms
    The G-Spot is an erogenous zone located on the forward vaginal wall, two to three inches from the vaginal opening. G-spot orgasms are intense and different from orgasms achieved through clitoral (clit) stimulation. The G-spot responds well to deep, rumbling vibrations and pressure. G-Spot toys feature a slight bend at the tip, allowing the user to easily find and apply pressure and vibration.
  3. Stronger PC Muscles through Kegels
    Vaginal muscles lose their tone naturally with age, and after pregnancy. It is important to keep muscles toned to maintain good urinary and vaginal health. Simple kegel exercises with weighted toys can strengthen the muscles, and as an added benefit, stronger muscles lead to more intense orgasms, and stronger sensations for both partners.

THINGS TO REMEMBER…

  • Don’t get embarrassed.
  • Masturbation is a healthy practice and women who masturbate regularly report better partner sex as well
  • Experiment. There is no one proven method to get an orgasm and trying new things will keep you excited
  • Lubricate. Lubrication lets your toy glide more easily and creates better sensations

Lastly, it is essential to properly clean sex toys to avoid bacterial infections or sexually transmitted infections (if toys are shared).

For basic toy care:

  • Remove batteries
  • Never submerge electrical parts in water
  • Use a damp, soapy cloth to clean the toy
  • Store in a container or pouch in a cool dry place

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Does size matter? Debunking Myths about the Penis
Mar 2014 18

Over the years the list of penis myths has grown. Here are some of the biggest myths out there:

1) Ejaculation happens in gallons. This is one of the most absurd myths because men only ejaculate about a teaspoon worth of semen! Even with this small amount, there are 200-500 million sperm and it only takes one sperm, to make a baby!

2) It should take at least an hour before a man reaches an orgasm when in reality it takes THREE to SEVEN MINUTES. Porn creates longer lasting sex through filming techniques. If a man doesn’t ejaculate for 30 minutes or more researchers believe this to be delayed ejaculation. Ejaculation that occurs in less than one minute is considered premature ejaculation.

3) Size Matters. Is it the size of the boat or the motion in the ocean? Research studies show that size is actually more important to men than to women but most people don’t know that the average penis size is a little over 5 inches when erect. Comparing penis sizes to others, especially men seen in pornography, isn’t healthy for self-esteem and may set unrealistic expectations. Things that may matter way more to a sexual partner may include touch, smell, creativity, and ensuring that their partner protects them from sexually transmitted diseases.

4) An erect penis has no conscience. It has often been said that blood leaves from the brain to help the penis become erect and therefore men can’t make logical decisions because they are thinking with the wrong head. This is completely incorrect. The brain functions the same way whether a penis is soft or hard.

5) The last and most important myth to address is that men have a ton of sex partners. On average men only have about 6-8 sex partners in their lifetime. This is important to realize because having a lower number of sex partner decreases the chances of transmitted STDs. Don’t believe the hype or try to get your numbers up when you hear about how many sex partners someone else may have. Protect yourself by using condoms, getting testing, and minimizing the number of sexual partners you engage with.

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