Safe Sex

If you go beyond kissing and caressing, it’s important to talk about how to have safe sex. To avoid getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancies, you should always have safe sex.

Facts

Differences between curable and manageable STIs

Differences between curable and manageable STIs

When we talk about STIs, we often focus more on aspects such as symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. We pay little attention to an important fact which is the two key categories of STIs that exist. These two categories are based on whether an STI is curable or not.

Types of HIV stigma you may experience

Types of HIV stigma you may experience

Because of society’s fear and ignorance about HIV, people living with HIV are frequently stigmatized in various ways. We don’t talk about stigma enough, so I wanted to go a little further.

HPV vaccine: what you should know

HPV vaccine: what you should know

Some medical studies have found more than 100 types of HPV in humans that can either be transmitted through sexual contact or skin-to-skin contact. Sexually transmitted HPV can infect the genital areas such as the scrotum, penis, rectum, cervix, vagina, […]

Why should I test for HIV?

Why should I test for HIV?

Many people only get tested for HIV if they’ve recently engaged in risky behavior or if mandated during medical care yet an HIV test should be part of your routine checkup. First, let’s agree that some people are at higher […]

7 reasons condoms break during sex

7 reasons condoms break during sex

Unfortunately, condoms can break during sex. This can happen due to several factors. Understanding why and how condom breaks can help avoid this from happening. 7 reasons why condoms break: 1. Too much friction and insufficient lubricant Condoms are usually […]

Can I get pregnant and STIs from Pre-cum?

Can I get pregnant and STIs from Pre-cum?

Pre-cum, also known as pre-ejaculate, is a small amount of liquid that comes out of the penis when someone is turned on or aroused. Pre-cum comes during sexual arousal and is not to be confused with ejaculation. It is an […]

Why are women at higher risk of HIV?

Why are women at higher risk of HIV?

There are several factors that put women at higher risk for HIV. These include gender-based violence e.g. rape or when they cannot freely choose to have safe sex, poverty, little information on how to protect themselves from HIV, and then […]

Safe sex is sexy

Safe sex is sexy

People sometimes complain that using condoms reduces their sexual sensation. Well, here are some tips to make things wetter, because wetter is better!

Staying Safe

Staying Safe

If you go beyond kissing and caressing, it’s important to know how to have safe sex and talk about it with your partner.

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) generally affects women. It’s when the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted by an increase of more ‘harmful’ bacteria.

Scabies

Scabies

Scabies is a very itchy, contagious skin infection caused by the scabies mite.

Pubic lice

Pubic lice

Pubic lice are also known as ‘crabs’. Pubic lice are small parasites that dig underneath your skin, and feed on your blood.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is also known as ‘trich’. It’s an STD that affects both women and men, but women are more likely to have symptoms.

Water warts

Water warts

Water warts are caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum. It’s a common viral infection that affects the skin and causes fluid-filled blisters.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is an STD caused by two different types of herpes simplex virus (HSV). It looks like a cold sore or blister.

Genital warts

Genital warts

Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It’s one of the most common STDs worldwide.

Syphilis

Syphilis

Syphilis is an STD caused by a bacterium called Treponema palliduium. It’s known as the ‘great imitator’ because its symptoms are hard to distinguish from other STDs.

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria called Niesseria gonorrhoeae. It’s very contagious. It can infect your throat, urethra, vagina, and anus.