It’s not all ha ha hee hee hee.
When it comes to sexual health, public information has tended to focus on the young. Time for a change.
Australian rates of labiaplasty – sometimes called ‘the Barbie surgery’ – have doubled since 2001.
Although women like how their genitals look after labial surgery, self esteem and sexual confidence may not improve.
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Understanding where teens learn about sex and how that influences them can help us find ways to encourage healthy sexual behaviors, such as using condoms and birth control.
Recent improvements in medical management of HIV infection are not well understood in the legal sector.
HIV diagnosis is devastating for patients and their families. But the infection is no longer a death sentence, and should not be prosecuted as such say experts.
From a woman’s first periods until menopause, menstrual hormones drive her vaginal discharge.
Vaginal discharge varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.
The programs aim to influence teens to think seriously about contraception and the consequences of their sexual choices.
Electronic baby simulators given to schoolgirls as part of a sex education program may make teenage girls more, not less, likely to become pregnant, a new Australian study has found.
Don’t blame the media.
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Contrary to common fears, sexy media doesn't seem to have any practical significance for when teens first have sex or start other sexual behaviors.
An issue for people not interested in sex is created by everyone else’s idea that they should be and that there’s something wrong with them.
Many people aren't interested in having sex or don’t feel sexual attraction to other people. Is it normal to be like this?
The antiviral condoms help protect against HIV, herpes and HPV.
The active ingredient in the gel can bind to various viruses and stop them from attaching and getting into human cells.
Wearable tech is heading between women’s legs.
Developers are using wearable tech to help women and girls better understand their bodies.
For some teens, pornography is sex ed.
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Pornography has implications for public health, but scholars need to think critically about the issue and look past rhetoric.
Its attitude to porn and anal sex suggests the government would benefit from some sex ed classes too.
The physiological response to sex is similar to that of exercise.
Sex can often be a pleasurable experience. But it also has benefits some reports have compared to those of exercise. So can sex really count as a workout?
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Asking patients about sexual matters is universally recognized as an important part of collecting a patient’s medical history. But many physicians don't take sexual histories from their patients.
Queer history is celebrated in the United States, so why not Australia?
Australia has a vibrant, culturally rich, queer history and it should be acknowledged in our schools.
A gay subculture revolves around risky, drug-enhanced sex. The reasons why are complex and deserve attention.
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Drugs scare us and fascinate us. Societies might fight “wars” against drugs – but we also drink, smoke, ingest and inject an awful lot of them. The Ancient Greeks captured this instability with their concept…
They have to learn it somewhere.
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When students land on campus, they often have unanswered questions about their reproductive health. One solution: create a massive open online class to teach them about reproductive health.
All bar none. Taking health to the heart of the problem.
HIV is still a major public health issue among the most at-risk groups, and efforts to tackle it need to get smarter.
Our sex lives may change as we get older but those in sexual relationships still want the same things as the young.
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Sex ed curricula that tie premarital sex to shame are especially unhelpful, and even harmful, for youth who have been sexually abused.