Personal Essays
Confession: I'm a Safer Sex Scold and Proud Of It

photo by Lori Greig Our contributor Abby Spector, who is majoring in Feminine/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, has a confession to make: College students have a lot of sex. They are horny, hot and away from home. Add in a drop (or gallon) of alcohol and you get strangers pairing off by 8pm — or […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa: Can I Get HPV Orally?

photo by db*photography Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, will be answering your questions here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, Can you get genital HPV orally? — Orally Fixated Dear O.F., Yes, you can.  […]

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Dear Dr. Kate: I’m SO Confused About HPV!

photo by db*photography An anonymous poster on our site — calling themselves “medical knowledge” — recently wrote the following in response to an edition of our advice column about HPV. So we asked our own Dr. Kate — of Gynotalk.com — to clear things up, as it were. First, the anonymous comment: 80% of sexually […]

Comment of the Week: There’s No Such Thing As TMI with STDs

photo by altemark It’s quite arrogant to think you have the right to minimize any STD. It is true that millions of Americans have HPV, it is true that some people’s immune systems are able to kick it… BUT what about all the rest of the people who have to suffer with it for the […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: Do I Have to Tell My Partner I Have HPV?

photo by demi-brooke Last week, Dr. Kate kindly answered a woman’s question about whether or not she had to tell her partner she had HPV. This week, we’re taking it upon ourselves to answer the same question — and we’re taking no prisoners: In a word, YES! Everyone has the right to know what they’re […]

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Dear Dr. Kate: Do I Have to Tell My Partner I Have HPV?

photo by Edgar Zessinthal Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions here once a week. To ask her your own question, click here. Hi Dr. Kate, Sadly, I went to my annual OB-GYN appointment 2 weeks ago and was told […]