Posts Tagged sexual health

Nearly 20 percent of Americans don’t know that first trimester abortion is legal

According to a new study from the University of Cincinnati, residents of blue and red states are pretty much equally, scarily uninformed about abortion’s legality, risks, and prevalence. Here are the questions from the survey, followed by the percentage of respondents who answered correctly. Give it a shot and check the correct answers after the jump.

What percentage of women in the U.S. will have an abortion by age 45? (Percentage who answered correctly: 41 percent) Which has a greater health risk: An abortion in the first three months of pregnancy or giving birth? (Percentage who answered correctly: 31 percent) A woman who has an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is more likely to have breast cancer than ...

According to a new study from the University of Cincinnati, residents of blue and red states are pretty much equally, scarily uninformed about abortion’s legality, risks, and prevalence. Here are the questions from the ...

Ladies, you should probably masturbate more

Women. It’s time for your semi-regularly scheduled reminder that masturbating is fun and healthy and will not, in fact, cause hairy palms or whatever the hell the anti-sex brigade is claiming these days. Because if these numbers don’t lie, you could probably stand to be getting yourself off waaaaay more often…

Women. It’s time for your semi-regularly scheduled reminder that masturbating is fun and healthy and will not, in fact, cause hairy palms or whatever the hell the

Infographic: The US’s anti-prostitution pledge is hindering the war on AIDS

The Nation has some interesting infographics on the effect of the US’s anti-prostitution pledge. The US provides nearly 60 percent of global funds to fight the AIDS epidemic–money that low-income countries absolutely depend on. But, as Melissa Gira Grant explains, for the last decade, it’s comes with the catch–pushed by conservative Rep. Chris Smith but supported by some feminist organizations too–that any NGO receiving this funding must adopt an explicit policy opposing prostitution. And the pledge is so vague that it’s led many groups to stop providing any services to sex workers, out of fear of losing their funding.

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This terrible policy–Lori’s called it “senseless discrimination“–not only harms sex workers, who are ...

The Nation has some interesting infographics on the effect of the US’s anti-prostitution pledge. The US provides nearly 60 percent of global funds to fight the AIDS epidemic–money that low-income countries absolutely depend on. But, as ...

It’s STD Awareness Month: Get Yourself Tested!

April is National STD Awareness Month, which means it’s also the fifth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign. 1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by the age of 25, and most won’t know it.

So getting tested is super important. And it’s something that you kinda have to take responsibility for yourself. I think most people don’t realize that you need to speak up and ask to be tested and for what–you can’t just assume that your doctor will test for everything as a matter of course. I was reminded of this just recently when I had a herpes scare (false alarm, PHEW!) I was also reminded that even though clinics like Planned Parenthood do offer relatively inexpensive testing ...

April is National STD Awareness Month, which means it’s also the fifth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign. 1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by the age of 25, and most won’t know ...

What We Missed

Pics via NYT.

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karman were (officially) awarded the Nobel Peace Price on Saturday.

WOW. Lowe’s and tons of other companies have apparently pulled advertising from the reality show All-American Muslim after caving in to a blatantly bigoted campaign.

At Feministing Community, Shaunna Thomas and Nita Chaudhary are launching a project where they’re collecting stories from readers who have had problems accessing emergency contraception. Share yours!

On The Issues (a feminist mag I work with) on supporting the sexual health of sex workers.

Pics via NYT.

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karman were (officially) awarded the Nobel Peace Price on Saturday.

WOW. Lowe’s and tons of other companies have apparently pulled ...

Lil Poundcake, the doll that protects you from HPV!

If you find dolls creepy, you probably won’t want to watch the commercial parody that Saturday Night Live ran this weekend. Because this doll has syringes in her hands.

It’s Lil Poundcake! She smells like frosting, her hair really grows, and she administers Gardasil, the vaccine that protects you from cervical cancer!

Am I the only one who hopes that after they wrapped shooting on this ad, they sent the dolls to Michele Bachmann’s campaign headquarters?

If you find dolls creepy, you probably won’t want to watch the commercial parody that Saturday Night Live ran this weekend. Because this doll has syringes in her hands.

It’s Lil Poundcake! She smells like frosting, her hair ...

Australian government to pay young people to get STI tests

In 2009, there were 63, 000 new Chlamydia infections reported in Australia. For a country with a population of 21 million, that’s no small sum. In response to the problem, the government of one Australian state has announced a pilot program in which young people (age 16-30) will be paid a small sum when they get tested for the STI at a pharmacy. The program, run by the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will also pay the pharmacies for their trouble.

The program is the joint effort of The University of Canberra, the Australian National University and ACT Health. Its proponents say they hope to raise awareness of the importance of STI testing, especially for those STIs that, ...

In 2009, there were 63, 000 new Chlamydia infections reported in Australia. For a country with a population of 21 million, that’s no small sum. In response to the problem, the government of one Australian state has ...

New study on young people and STDs shows how sex negativity is detrimental to your health

A new study, released early this week, found that 10% of young people who tested positive for one of three common STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis—claimed they had abstained from sex (defined as vaginal intercourse) in the last 12 months.

Although the researchers do point out that some of the youth could have simply forgotten they’d had sex, or contracted the infection more than a year ago, or engaged in other kinds of sexual activities that could transmit STDs, their conclusion is that teens and young adults’ self-reported sexual histories are not to be trusted. And so doctors should screen all youth for STDs to be safe.

And while I’m all for more STD testing, I agree with Cara at the ...

A new study, released early this week, found that 10% of young people who tested positive for one of three common STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis—claimed they had abstained from sex (defined as vaginal intercourse) in the ...