Archive for the ‘Sexual health programs’ Category

E-Cards Notify Sex Partners About STDs

November 10, 2008

It has never been so important to check your inbox.

Four years after the launch of inSPOT.org, which allows people with sexually transmitted diseases to notify sexual partners via email, nearly 50,000 e-cards have been sent, according to an article published in PLoS Medicine.

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The site is designed to increase the notification of partners — part of an overall strategy to prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases. In the U.S. there are 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed each year, including 900,000 cases of chlamydia, 330,000 cases of gonorrhea, and 55,400 HIV infections, according to the PLoS Medicine article.

In 2004, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Internet Sexuality Information Services conducted research on gay men and men who have sex with men. Researchers concluded that while men are likely to tell their primary partners about diagnoses, they are not as likely to inform casual partners.

The study showed that men overwhelmingly said they would inform casual partners if there were a convenient and anonymous way to do so. The San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Internet Sexuality Information Services then partnered to launch inSPOT. It has since been expanded to other parts of the country and now targets heterosexuals as well.

The email service of inSPOT allows users to choose whether they want to include their own email addresses or not. E-cards include links to information about where and how to get tested. So far, more than 30,000 people have sent over 49,500 cards. In 2007, 28.5% of recipients clicked through the link for testing information.

In 2006 and 2007, e-cards were sent because of these STDs:

  • 15.4% of e-cards were sent for gonorrhea
  • 14.9% for syphilis
  • 11.6% for chlamydia
  • 9.3% for HIV
  • 48.8% for other STDs (such as trichomoniasis, viral hepatitis, pubic lice or “crabs,” and others)

Thank God for Internet?

Banner for Euro08 Campaign against Trafficking in Women

September 30, 2008

Dangerous Dildos? the Phthalatophobia

September 22, 2008

Extract from erotica;

It had been a long day of a hundred different (photo shoot) poses and we were tired. “Let’s get that double dong and do an ass-to-ass shot” said the photographer right before his assistant handed me a red two-headed rubber dildo fresh out of its package, with that shiny film on it that many jelly toys have. As the head slipped inside, my ass suddenly felt like it was on fire. A burning sensation spread throughout my butt, and when I looked up at Chloe, who was waiting for her end, she said, “I know that look.”

The culprit: phthalates (ph is silent), a family of chemicals used to soften hard plastics to make them more flexible, used in toys for children, animals, and for sexual pleasure. Turns out that what makes them enjoyable also makes them toxic. PVC is not a stable inert compound, so these toys continuously leach phthalates- causing a greasy, shiny and bad-smelling film, and genital burning, itching- like the burning sensation up monologuer’s butt. Plus, these toys are porous, unlike silicone, glass or metal, so they cannot be completely disinfected. Phthalate molecules are not chemically bound to the plastics they soften, and as such, phthalates can “break free” from plastic fairly easily, causing rubber and jelly toys to deteriorate over time. Not exactly suited for your body’s most sensitive, absorbent areas.

Phtalates are also… everywhere: in cosmetics, perfume, body lotion, deodorant, nail polish, carpeting, flooring tile, plastic raincoats, and medical devices. In studies on rodents, high levels of phthalates have been linked to reproductive organ damage, liver, lung and kidney damage and liver cancer. Also linked; premature breast development in girls (some studies suggest that phthalates mimic estrogen), low sperm count or motility in men, and damage to developing testes. Also, it appears that a high level in a pregnant woman’s blood is linked with a smaller anogenital index=distance between anus and genitals, in male newborns. Although, I can’t see how that could be problematic.

In 1998, Canada took children’s rattles, teethers, and dog chew –toys made with phthalates off the shelves. Phthalates are widely banned in 14 countries around the globe, including several European countries, Japan, Argentina and Mexico. But Trevor Buttworth of STATS (Statistical Assessment Service) says “This is not a public health crisis”. He adds:  “To ingest phthalates from an adult toy, one would have to – and there’s no way of putting this delicately – masticate on a toy for several hours a day on a daily basis; even then, there is no evidence that this would be toxic to your health. Such behavior would, however, suggest that you have other, more significant, problems.”

It is true that mice and rats on these studies are exposed to enormous amounts of phthalates. It is debatable to what extent we can draw conclusions from animal testing, but that’s how science got this far.

Since testing on humans would be unethical in this case, I would rather not take chances. There hasn’t been any research on whether phthalates can permeate latex condoms when used on sex toys. A Greenpeace statement: “Remember, these are chemicals which do not easily biodegrade and can be dangerous – even in small amounts.”

Sex toys are not regulated by any agency- companies are not required to list a toy’s components. So incorrect labelling from “hypoallergenic dildo” to “silicone toys” is often misleading. In those instances, the government should have business in the bedrooms of the nation.  As a general rule, the more that a toy smells like a new shower curtain, the more phthalates it contains. So what’s a tree-hugging dildo-loving girl to do? 

Have no fear. A new generation of companies dedicated to research and development, like Tantus, are selling top-quality eco-friendly products. Aaand they’re dishwasher safe! Prices usually start around 50 well-spent dollars. For these proactive manufacturers, quality prevails over making a fast buck. So that without someone you trust/pretend to trust, you can still have your fast fuck with something you can trust. I’m not hyping environmentally friendly sex toys, or anything eco-friendly for that matter; go ride your Hummer in your fur coat, leather boots and aerosol-sprayed hair while leaving the lights on, I’m not here to judge. I’m advocating for schedule-free, ED-free  safe bedroom activity. And you can say you’re doing it for the seals.

Ask not what your partner can do for you, but what YOU can do for your partner

September 7, 2008

Condoms Campaigns Over the World


The Great American Condom Campaign. Do it for your Country is one of their slogans.

 


In Berlin. You have to know that Berlin’s coat of arms is a bear.
(Bärchen=little bears. gummi=condoms. gummi, bårchen=condoms, Berliners)

American Beauty-esque add by Government of Brazil, targetting young gay men


created by the Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health in Australia

 and my favorite,

 “No sexual act is more death-defying than sex without protection. Don’t put yourself in that position. — Pi Kappa Phi.” based on an ancient Central Indian painting first published in 1883 in the Kama Sutra of Vatsyavana

Was your sex health program at school good?

May 30, 2008

Personally mine were AWFUL.

The first time I ever had a class in sexual health was in junior high. Our industry tech teacher taught the class. The back of our class room even had another class working and cutting wood building race cars, all While we are at the front of the class learning how to put a condom on a banana.

Later on in high school I had another course and our principal was suppose to teach the course but he was to shy to teach it. Therefor we had a substitute teacher every class and nothing continued from the class before. He would ask us to write questions one day and nothing every got answered the next class.

During my 12 year school career those are the only class’s I had on sexual education.

What was your sexual health program like?