Monday, April 25, 2011

Let's talk about S.E.X.

Shall we?

Who doesn't like a good discussion about sex? It's the next best thing, right?

I actually have a lot to say about sex. The thoughts have been rolling around in my head lately. I like sex a lot. At least I think I do. Or did. I'm trying to remember back that far...

No... wait, that's Christmas I'm thinking of. Which is fun too, but in a different way. It'll come to me soon.

Anyway, April is STD Awareness Month and Bloggers are Uniting to Talk About Sex. And today, April 25th, bloggers across the world are writing posts to remind readers to talk openly about sex and the prevention of sexaully transmitted diseases in an effort to remove the stigma of such discussions and to encourage everyone to get tested.

Did you know that:

  • Some STD's, like chlamydia, have no symptoms? Most people with chlamydia don't know they have it. The only way to find out is to get tested.
  • One in five people with HIV aren't even aware they are infected. In fact, a person can have HIV for years before he or she develops any symptoms.
  • Testing is quick, easy and free in many communities. Call your local health department for details or better yet, click on the link (not the picture) below to enter your zip and find your nearest test center.

Several years ago I was the Executive Director for an AIDS organization. I remember my first day of work. I attended a class put on by one of our educators. She was demonstrating to the students how the effectiveness of a condom can be compromised by the conditions under which it is applied. Are the lights out? Are you sober? Are you, a hurry? She concocted some exercises to prove her point.

When I came home that night my husband asked me how my first day of work went.

"Great," I told him. "I got to put a condom on a dildo while blindfolded. How was your day?"

I don't remember what he told me, but I know it paled in comparison.

Oh...wait a second. Brain cells are stirring...

Ah....yes.  It's starting to come back to me.

I do remember and I DO like it. A lot.

So, uh, anyway, yeah. Be safe, be smart, get tested. Talk about it. And just to help you along, I'll come back with another sex-related post or two in the near future. And they won't be about STD's.



  1. Bloody hell - you are just so good with words!!

  2. A very good cause to support. Unfortunately, in Australia and New Zealand, it will have been overshadowed by ANZAC day, which is observed on April 25. And we had our own fish to fry (Jim Wallace, you narrow-minded xenophobic homophobe, let's start with you)! There was no media coverage and I read no blogs Aussie blogs on this topic. A pity something this went unnoticed here. All I can say is play safe people, and get tested!

  3. @ Andrea - you are so good with compliments! x

    @ Watershedd - yes, much as White Ribbon day fell on our Thanksgiving! I've been reading all the beautiful ANZAC posts. They remind me how fortunate I am to have never faced the horror of war. Just as Mr. Wallace reminds us what kind of divisive attitudes start wars in the first place.

  4. I actually told my teenaged nephew yesterday that his penis will turn black and fall off if he ever had sex without a condom.

    And you go to jail if you do it before you turn 18.

    True yes??

  5. @ Woog - hang on, let me check with my ex-husband on that.... why yes, one does go to prison for that offense!

  6. Sex? Meh. I can do without it.

  7. I just love your blog and have just awarded you with the 'The Versatile Blogger' award. Check out my latest blog entry for the details

  8. I really think sex education for young people is sadly lacking in so many countries - especially in the UK which may surprise people. We're all still so hung up about it. We need to educate our kids more than anything about the emotional side / fall out of sex because handling that badly is what can cause a lot of the problem attitudes in the first place.

  9. Oh I'm a big fan of sex. But now that I've been single for a while, totally has to be on my terms. And no relationship please. Who would've thought?

  10. You know, I never really thought about the idea of the condom being compromised by the dark, etc. I'm so glad you're talking about this, because I remember in the 90's the safe sex message was out there, loud and proud, and it just feels to me that it's not talked about so much, almost like, 'oh we all know that already!' but I worry about the next generation coming through; are they hearing about it or not?

  11. Brazenly hilarious! I like it! Especially the visual aids. Haha.

  12. Its a war within, the world is facing a grave situation on this particular subject, aware but turning blind is the community killing the humanity in other sense.

    Really appreciate the pain you are taking and few people like you are keeping the hopes alive that the universe will definetly survive.


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