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.
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.
Written by Daniel Casiilas
“Aww shucks, you shouldn’t have; really there was no need,” is probably one of the most used lines when we get a gift that we don’t like, won’t use, or have no clue of what to do with it. To be polite, we accept the gift, all the while thinking: “What were they thinking”. The next thing we do is scan the box for the gift receipt. For some of us, with courteous friends, a gift receipt means we’ll be able to return the item and exchange it or get the cash. For the unlucky ones stuck with a gift because there’s no gift receipt, we do the next best thing: RE-GIFT.
Imagine having to use the same line when you learn that the person you had sex with last night or last week left you with a gift. Except the gift isn’t a brilliant red rose, a box of chocolates, or their phone number, but an uncomfortable itchy rash, an unusual group of bumps on or near your junk, a cold sore — or, as in the case of Charlotte York, in a scene from the popular HBO show Sex and City, pubic lice (a.k.a crabs).