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Heading back to school? It’s the perfect time to think about your health. Make sure you schedule a checkup and STD test before you start: bit.ly/findPP

For college students who aren’t near a PP clinic (or don’t have off-campus transportation to get to one), many student health centers will have sexual healthcare services and free or cheap condoms. 



The majority of people’s experiences in sex ed.

The quality of sexual health education is poor in the United States. This  encompasses not only behaviors but also how to communicate about the range of topics that arise within discussions of human sexuality.

To be more specific: a whole lot of people are engaging in sexual activity and remaining in sexual relationships without resources, education, experience in talking about sex.


Every day is a good day to take care of your sexual health, but June 27th is all about HIV testing. In honor of National HIV Testing Day, we created e-cards to help you spread the word and remind the people you care about most to get tested and know their…

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Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day so we asked Chella Quint, who runs the #PeriodPositive project, to write us a guest blog-post on how to teach young people about menstruation. Here are a few of her tips!


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Novel Idea: What If We Actually Researched Whether Menstrual Products Are Safe to Use


Think about your favorite — or not so favorite — menstrual hygiene product commercial. Usually some racially ambiguous person who presumably menstruates floats across the screen in a lily white dress,…



Someone asked us:

I’m a lesbian teenager who is not currently sexually active. However, I’ve never really had any exposure to gay sex-ed, and was wondering what the basics are for when I do become sexually active?

It’s truly excellent that you’re the be-prepared type. And yes, a lot of sex ed out there is deeply heteronormative and cissexist — which are big words for “not relevant for people who are LGBTQ.”

As you know, everyone — regardless of gender or sexual orientation — needs to protect themselves from STDs if they’re sexually active. While girl-on-girl sex isn’t very likely to pass HIV, there are plenty of other STDs to watch out for. Infections like herpesgenital wartschlamydiagonorrhea, and syphilis can be spread from sexual skin-to-skin contact (like a mouth on a vulva, or bare genital rubbing), and through exposure to each other’s vaginal fluids. Using a Sheer Glyde dam for oral sex, and condoms on any sex toys you share, will help prevent STDs. Some people also use rubber gloves to protect their hands and avoid passing vaginal fluids. And sexually active folks should be tested for STDs at least once a year (but note that Pap tests don’t screen for STDs — if you want to be tested, make sure to ask).

Never put anything in a vagina, like fingers or sex toys, that’s been in the back door, because anal germs can cause vaginal infections. Another note on the butt: ALWAYS use lube if you’re going to put anything in there. The anus doesn’t self-lubricate the way the vagina does, and anal penetration with fingers or toys can cause irritation and tears that may increase your STD risk. Now might also be a good time to remind you and any potential partners to wash your hands before and after touching each other’s genitals.

And you know, being safety-conscious starts with having open dialogue with your partner(s). It may seem a little awkward to ask a new girlfriend about their STD status, when they were last tested, what protection they want to use, etc., but it’s all just a part of being a safe and responsible sexually active person. And really — if you’re going to get naked with someone, how hard can having a convo about health be? A lot of people never ask, roll the dice, and hope for the best. Don’t be that gal. Talking openly protects you AND your partners.

While this is a pretty solid start to safe lesbian sex, remember that being sexually active isn’t just about avoiding STDs. Good sex is about pleasureconsent, and learning about your body, so keep reading and keep asking questions. It’ll come in handy whenever you decide you’re ready!

- Calvin and Maureen at QueerTips


This month, we want you to do one of the most important (and simplest) things you can do to protect your health:  get tested for STDs.  Getting tested is a basic part of staying healthy and taking control of your sex life.  Make an appointment to get a quick, easy, and painless STD test today: http://p.ppfa.org/Oewvsn



Someone asked us:

Can you get a yeast infection from masturbating?

Yeast infections develop when your genitals’ chemical balance gets thrown out of whack, triggering an overgrowth of natural yeast. Masturbating does not generally cause yeast infections in penises or…


The Internet is brimming with contradictory claims about sexual health, and you don’t know what to believe. Your friends give you advice, but you’re not sure if it sounds right. To make things worse, you might not have had evidence-based, medically accurate sex education in your school. In this edition of our STD Awareness series, we’ll take on a few myths about sexually transmitted diseases to help you sort fact from fiction.

1 MYTH: You can tell if someone has an STD by looking at them.
You might expect that if someone has an STD, their genitals would have blisters, warts, or noticeable discharge. But your partner looks fine, so you might think there’s no need to ask when his or her last STD test was.

However, while many people with STDs do have visible symptoms, they’re the exception rather than the rule. For example, three out of four women and half of men with chlamydia have no symptoms. Herpes is often spread when there are no symptoms present. Someone can be infected with HIV — and capable of transmitting it to others — and go years without showing any signs. A quick visual inspection can’t tell you very much about someone’s STD status.

2 MYTH: You can’t get an STD from oral sex.
While it is generally true that oral sex presents less of a risk for contracting STDs, this risk is not trivial. Most STDs can be passed along by oral sex, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV. You can reduce your risk by using barrier methods like condoms and dental dams consistently and correctly.

3 MYTH: Condoms can’t prevent the spread of HIV.
Many proponents of abstinence-only education state that condoms don’t protect against HIV, claiming that latex condoms have holes that are large enough for viruses to pass through. This claim isn’t backed by evidence. An intact latex condom dramatically reduces your risk of being exposed to sexually transmitted viruses such as HIV. (It is true that a lambskin condom does not provide adequate protection against HIV.) Continue reading

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