It has now been well proven that oral sex is a potential means by which HIV can be transmitted. And it’s not only HIV -- certainly any of the other sexually transmitted diseases can be passed through oral-genital contact. Anal sex is one of the most effective ways to transmit an STD. The receptive partner has the highest risk of contracting the disease. HIV, Hepatitis C and all other STDs can also be transmitted this way. And don’t forget the wart virus. Most people aren’t aware that being exposed to the wart virus and the human papiloma virus (HPV) by contact with the anal region seems to increase the risk for anal cancer. How can you protect yourself? Avoiding these behaviors or using a latex barrier seems to be the most appropriate way. I must say that I’m really quite bewildered by the preoccupation of anal sex and all the questions I get about it these days. I don’t know if the pornographic industry has somehow raised awareness of this activity, o...
"It's a myth that young women aren't hungry for sexual pleasure for themselves," says Felice Newman, author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book (Cleis Press, 1999). "Once young women feel more empowered to get their sexual needs met, more men are going to have to start going down on their partners, because that's the only way they're going to get any action," she adds. If you're still waiting for your boyfriend to take the plunge, we've got some advice on how to help things along. Communicate Your Desires "Sex can be about love and intimacy, and sex can be about fun, but it's not going to be about either if each partner is withholding information," says Newman. Men are not mind readers, and they're not vibrators, either (you can't just flip a switch and expect them to go faster or slower). Good sex happens when you learn to communicate your desires to your partner. That means telling your partner in a loving way that you...
So, I left my office for a stroll in the summer sunshine, to breathe in some fresh air and stretch my legs and within five minutes my nose was stuffed, my mouth, tongue and lips were itchy and the insides of my ears were itchy too.
What was going on?
As of August 12th, here in New York, I was an itchy-mouth mess all due to an allergy to ragweed.
What is an allergy? Just to recap: allergies are an overreaction of a person's immune system to substances that normally cause no problems. These allergenic substances can cause allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, urticaria, dermatitis and even anaphylaxis.
What is ragweed? Dr. James Thompson on this site has written an excellent post all about ragweed allergy and managing it during the fall season .
For those of you wondering just what the deal is, according to Wikipedia: [Ragweed] is highly allergenic, generally considered the greatest allergen of all pollens, and the prime cause of hay fever in North Ame...
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