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Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009
For those unfamiliar with "dental" dams (so called because they were originally used during dental work), they are rectangles of latex or polyurethane that can be held against the vulva during cunnilingus or against the anus during analingus or rimming. They act as a barrier to the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Many sexuality...
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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
As regular readers of this column know, I get a lot of questions about oral sex and sexually transmitted infections. Since you seem to be specifically asking about HIV, I'll focus on HIV transmission during oral sex. There's an interesting history behind your question. In the United States, the HIV epidemic was initially concentrated among men who had sex with men...
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Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
I'm going to answer this question in two separate columns. To my knowledge, your friends' risk-reduction strategy of not getting semen in their mouths is an effective one, but I am going to do some more research on the level of HIV or other STIs that are present in pre-cum. Pre-seminal fluid does contain HIV...
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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
My first job out of college was working for a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that focused on consumer advocacy issues. One of their big campaigns while I was there involved pushing for federal regulations of dietary supplements such as vitamins. At the time, I was astonished to learn that these weren't already regulated. They contain potent ingredients that are supposed to have a significant impact...
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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
Mark Sanford. Larry Craig. Mark Foley. Bob Allen. Michael Duvall. John Ensign. And the list goes on—Republican politicians who say one thing about marriage and homosexuality, but do quite another. Since the never-ending stream of scandals...
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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea, syphilis and Chlamydia? What are the risks of giving oral to a man and receiving oral from a man? When I lead workshops on safer sex, I often ask participants to name the most common sign of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). While they usually come up with a long (and sometimes wild) litany of pox, pus and pains, this is actually a trick question...
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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
A few weeks ago, I answered a reader question about changes that occur in women's sexuality as they get older. Men, too, experience normal fluctuations in sexual functioning with age. One of the most common changes that many men notice concerns their erections...
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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
Do most women like having their butts licked, or is my girl special? Oral-anal contact, also called analingus or rimming, can be very pleasurable to people of all genders. The entire butt, from the cheeks to the crack to the anus itself, is one big erogenous zone for many folks. Kissing, licking...
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Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009
This is the second question I've received over the past few months about human papillomavirus (HPV), and as I said in my July 9 column, both the general public and the medical community are often misinformed about HPV because research about the virus is evolving so quickly. I don't think that your friend's doctor would...