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...
We hear from a lot of guys who are worried that they don't measure up in the bedroom. Well, you guys can relax. When it comes to pleasing your partner, penetration isn't everything. "There are lots of ways to pleasure a woman," says Felice Newman, author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book (Cleis Press, 1999). That's not to suggest that intercourse is a sloppy second, but for many women, cunnilingus (oral stimulation of the female genitalia) is the fastest route to orgasm. In the interest of orgasmic equality, we asked Newman for some tips on how to make the most of cunnilingus because, after all, if you want to know how to please a woman, why not ask a lesbian? The following suggestions are a good place to start. Ask questions . "Asking is the mark of a sophisticated lover. If you ask her what she likes, she will feel respected and cared for," says Newman. Some good questions include "Do you enjoy oral sex?" "What kind of stimulation do ...
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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