It’s a Sunday night and I’m watching the third episode of HBO’s Girls. The main character, Hannah Horvath, plays a corky, intelligent young unemployed writer in New York City. Interestingly enough, in this episode, Hannah gets a call from her gynecologist informing her that she has HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Faced with this unexpected news (considering her doctor visit was to rule out HIV), Hannah confronts her cute jerk of a sex partner and arbitrarily accuses him of giving it to her.
Up to this point, you have read a lot from me and other bloggers about the do’s and don’ts of practicing safe sex and all usually in the context of straight men and women and/or men loving men. What about safe sex for “lady loving ladies?” While it is accurate to say that lesbians are an extremely low risk group for contracting or transmitting HIV and STIs (female to female), it doesn’t preclude them from the fact that they could still become infected. Read the rest of this entry
Written by Daniel Casiilas
I have worked in the HIV/STD field for nearly 13 years and I have heard it all when it comes to the excuses people will use to wiggle out of not using a latex barrier. Men and women, young and old, gay, straight, bisexual, and tri-sexual all have made up excuses for not using a protection. I have no doubt that, at some point in your sexual life, you may find yourself face-to-face with some of these excuses and/or have heard someone talk about their experience. Check out this short list:
Written by Daniel Casillas
Condoms have been traced back to 1000 BC when Egyptians were believed to have used them to protect against disease. Since then, condoms have changed almost every century since to meet the challenges posed by diseases like syphilis, herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. The 1980s and ’90s saw a huge spike in condom use when HIV showed up on the globe. History shows us that for centuries mankind has known that the use of some type of barrier during sex helps to prevent infections. The evolution of the condom, along with new technologies, have made the latex condom available in all types of colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors.