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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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New headers by Isabella Rotman (me) for Scarleteen, which is just one of the best resources out there for sexual education and gender. Check em out on the Scarleteen website by clicking the links at the top of the page.

Some of the illustrations the wonderful Isabella Rotman has done for our updated site.


As you’re getting ready for the weekend, it’s time for a little Fact Friday!

If someone is sexually active, it is recommended to get tested for STDs every 6 months. If you haven’t been tested yet, it’s time to GYT! Find a health center near you: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/

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taylor asks:

I had anal sex last month 2 weeks after my period, and I have yet to get my period this month. It was early last month, could it just be late this month? Am I pregnant? Please help: I’m so worried.

Heather Corinna replies:

Hi, Taylor.

Just so that this is clear, for you and plenty of other people who have been in the same spot, here is what anal sex is and is NOT:

  • Anal sex is not a method of birth control. While vaginal intercourse presents a much higher risk of pregnancy, unprotected anal sex can also present pregnancy risks. During sex, when we’re all aroused, things usually get mightily slippery down there. So, if you’re a receptive partner to anal sex, when your partner ejaculates, that ejaculate will run out of the anus, and sometimes can easily slide down the perineum to the vaginal opening. That can create a pregnancy.
  • Anal sex is not safer sex. In fact, anal sex is just as risky when it comes to sexually transmitted infections and diseases as vaginal sex, and also presents greater risks of bacterial infections (even among partners who have both had full STI screens with negative results).
  • Anal sex IS sex. I don’t know if this is the case for you, but a lot of young women come here reporting this is the case for them — that anal sex isn’t “real” sex, or isn’t really sex — or what their male partners have told them, so just in case: anal sex is sex. Just as much as vaginal sex. It carries risks just as high, physically and emotionally, and is “real” sex. So in the case you’re having anal sex to try and preserve virginity or because you’re not feeling ready for “real” sex, please understand that that’s flawed. Anal sex IS “real” sex, and if you don’t feel ready — emotionally, physically, or both of you are not ready to manage it responsibly — for sex, then it’s not smart to be having anal sex.

Read the rest here.

At colleges with convenient health clinics offering a range of sexual health services—like birth control and emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, and testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)—students were:

—less likely to have an accidental pregnancy (4%) compared to students at schools without a clinic (7%);

—more likely to use a method of birth control the last time they had sex (92% versus 87%); and

—more likely to use a condom the last time they had sex (74% versus 60%).

From our latest Get on Top article about a Minnesota study that looked at how convenient access to health services affects sexual health for college students. (via bedsider)

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Asexuality and Sexual Health produced by are:UK

A leaflet designed for sexual health clinics and any place where sexual health is important, this puts forward the case why it’s important to be aware of asexuality and some of the key points relating to the topic. 

Whilst we’re continuing work on projects, we thought we’d link to our leaflet on Asexuality and Sexual Health. Designed primarily for sexual health clinics or other medical settings but but good for more general use along the sexual health theme.

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