Jess

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HIV: burying my parents

STDs & STIs
My father committed suicide when he found out he was HIV-positive. In Kenya in 1997, HIV was considered a death sentence. He chose to speed up the process.

Manly and masculine: what does that mean, anyway?

Gender Diversity
Is gender just a title limited to the genitalia you are born with or is it so much more?

A journey to myself

Our Bodies
If you had the chance to go back in time, what would you tell your younger self?

Speak out for love

Sexual Diversity
People don’t seem to care about what straight couples do in their relationship. Same-sex couples and their relationships, however, are constantly scrutinised.

The gatekeepers

Sexual Harassment
When communities fall apart during war and conflict, young girls especially face the extra threat of sexual harm and violence. Can anything be done to stop this?

Periods: a little stain never hurt anybody

Female Body
Almost all women bleed once a month. It's the foundation of life – it should be a beautiful thing. But we treat it like it's dirty and a taboo. Why?

Fake it till you make it?

Orgasms
'If you aren’t aware that like all women fake orgasms at some point, you’re clueless,' I said to Mark rolling my eyes at his male ignorance.

Marital rape: blurred lines

Sexual Harassment
Can someone be raped by their spouse? And where do you draw the line between sexual privacy and rape within a marriage?

Dear future husband

Thinking about Marriage
If you propose to me in style, I will destroy you. And say 'no'.

Vaginism: when pleasure becomes pain

Sex Problems: how to overcome them
Losing your virginity can be painful. But what happens if all the following sexual encounters are even more painful?

Love and other drugs

Ways to Make Love
Does marijuana make sex better? I was curious to find out. I’m sure you are, too.

Not going with the flow

Female Body
Is there a point when you should get worried about your irregular flow?