STDs
Vids
How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place

photo from Getty Images We’ve got our TiVo hooked up to get the latest Ted Talks on our TV, so we were delighted to find Mechai Viravaidya’s presentation “How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place” in our “Now Playing” list recently. Viravaidya is an eloquent and funny speaker, which alone makes it worth watching […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa, My GF Has Genital Herpes – What Are My Risks?

photo by Gabriel Delgado 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, My girlfriend has HSV 1 (herpes simplex virus 1) genitally but hasn’t had […]

News
NYC's 4th Annual Naughty Auction for the National AIDS Fund

If you’re in New York City next Thursday night and want something fun and fabulous to do, go to the 4th annual Naughty Auction benefiting the National AIDS Fund (which leverages resources, develops leadership and advocacy, and fosters community innovation to prevent new HIV infections and care for people living with HIV/AIDS). The party, held […]

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 […]

Research
The Power of Teenage Love

photo by Pink Sherbet Photography A study by Bill McCarthy of the University of California and Eric Grodsky of the University of Minnesota found that teens in romantic sexual relationships have similar school experiences to virgins. Meanwhile, students who engage in NON-romantic sexual activity (hook-ups, friends with benefits, etc) were found to be more likely […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa – My Boyf Accidentally Entered My Back Door

photo by Joe M500 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. A few days ago my boyfriend accidentally introduced his penis in my back hole (which, by […]

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Dear Dr. Kate – Looks Like Herpes, Could It Be Something Else?

photo by Katie_Tegtmeyer 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. Dear Dr. Kate, I recently had a few zit-like sores on my labia that I was convinced were […]

Pop Culture
Best Condom Tagline Ever

We just saw this awesome condom TV commercial from Trojan the other day. We’re not necessarily endorsing the product, just the ad. First of all, the tagline “You can’t wait to get it on”? Genius. How has this not been used to promote condoms before? Second, you gotta love the taboo busting: yes, women buy […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: Can I Use the Withdrawal Method?

Dear Em & Lo, I’m really new here to this website, being from the Philippines. It makes me happy to have found you because the topics here are very helpful to me. So, I’m seeking advice. I really love having sex with my boyfriend, I can’t stop myself from doing it, it makes me feel […]

News
It's National STD Awareness Month

This is just a friendly neighborhood reminder that April is National STD Awareness Month. Yes, if you’re having sex, you’ve still got to worry about those pesky little infections. So several organizations are working to encourage you to get tested. Use Planned Parenthood’s widget to confirm whether you should get yourself to a clinic. MTV’s […]

News
Herpes – the Good News, the Bad News, and the Really Bad News

photo by Nathan Csonka A new study out from the CDC shows that herpes is twice as common in women than men, and three times as common in blacks than whites. A massive 48% of new herpes cases are among black women. We called on Dr. Vanessa Cullins, an obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa: What STDs Should I Get Tested For?

STD toys from Giant Microbes 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, I’m a woman in her early ‘30s with a pretty active sex […]

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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. Vanessa: Help, Something's Off Down There!

photo by striatic 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, For nearly 5 months I have had a sour tasting vaginal discharge.  It is […]

Dream Interpretation
Dream Interpretation: An HIV+ Boyfriend in Target

photo by phigonggoi Other people’s dreams are never interesting…except when they’re about sex. Each week, our dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg tells one lucky reader what their dirty dream means. This week, a reader asks Lauri: My boyfriend and I have been on rocky ground lately and I can’t seem to break through the tension. There’s […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa: Should I Ask About Herpes Before a Kiss

photo by peasap 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, Considering the pervasiveness of oral herpes, how come you never hear about asking […]