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I'd like to use this week's SharePost as
a way to start an open discussion about issues relating to my last
SharePost. Although the comments I
received last week were negative, I'm happy that I generated a response from a
couple of readers and would like to keep that momentum going.
To sum up, in my last SharePost I
discussed the issue of casual sex and in it I disclosed that there are occasions,
although certainly not frequent, when I don't feel the need to tell my sexual
partner that I have herpes. I also
admitted to never having used a dental dam.
This does not mean I'm intentionally spreading the herpes virus. I have spent hours and hours (really!)
researching herpes and examining my own body and symptoms. I'm always very careful (besides the
aforementioned absence of a dental dam...I'm sorry but does anyone use those
things?), I'm never even remotely intimate during or shortly after an outbreak,
and I'm very aware of my body and risk lev...
Definition Safe sex means taking precautions during sex that can keep you from getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), or from giving an STI to your partner. STIs are also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. These diseases include genital herpes, genital warts, HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and others. Information A sexually transmitted illness (STI) is a contagious disease that can be transferred to another person through sexual intercourse or other sexual contact. Many of the organisms that cause STIs live on the penis , vagina , anus, mouth, and the skin of surrounding areas. Most of the diseases are transferred by direct contact with a sore on the genitals or mouth. However, some organisms can be transferred in body fluids without causing a visible sore. They can be transferred to another person during oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Some STIs can also be transferred by nonsexual contact with infected tissues or fluids, such as infe...
Do you think about sex -- in any way or form -- at least once a day? If you said no, you're probably kidding yourself. Sex is everywhere in our culture, and if you're not getting any, you can start to feel like you're missing out. According to the Centers for Disease Control, two-thirds of all high school students are sexually active (non-virgins) by senior year. If you're part of the remaining third, you might use that figure as an excuse to jump into bed with any warm body (like the gang in American Pie who vowed to "lose it" by prom night). It's human nature to want to be in a loving relationship, but having sex will not satisfy our hunger for deep intimacy. True intimacy arises from verbal and emotional communion. It's built on a commitment to honesty, love, and communication. That's a tall order, and it helps explain why it can make sense for some people to put off becoming sexually active. Why Wait? If you practice abstinence (abstaining...
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