Sex and Lies: Why Can't We Just Be Honest With Women About What's Really Going On

Lying to my daughter doesn't make her more liberated. It just leaves her unprotected from things that, honestly, don't give a 'clap' (excuse the pun) about the new sexual agendas of society. ...more

Living With an STD: What It's Really Like

When you hear the term STD (sexually transmitted disease), what do you think of first? Grotesque pictures of maimed genitalia displayed on a projector during yester-year’s sex-ed class geared toward frightening you into abstinence? That scene from The Hangover where Sid says, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… except for herpes. That sh*t will come back with you”? ...more
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California Gov. Jerry Brown OKs Bill Allowing Minors to Seek STI Prevention

The heated debate over parents' rights got even hotter this weekend when California governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing children as young as 12 to get vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent. ...more
As the mother of daughters, this is so upsetting. What 13 year old truly understands what "side ...more

Health Myths That Keep Us From Health: UTIs, Yeast Infections, STDs, TSS

Recently a friend told me her back was hurting and she couldn’t get comfortable.  Along with that, she said she just wasn’t feeling that well.  She told another friend who suggested that she see a chiropractor that happened to be very helpful to her when she hurt her back.   STOP!!  When asking her about her symptoms, I found that her back pain was in her flank area (mid or side back over the kidneys) and with a history of bladder infections, it sounded to me like it had evolved into a kidney infection.  I strongly recommended that she see her health care profe...more
Hi Elaine, Thank you for sharing your helpful health information. I am curious to know what you ...more

Does your teen have an STD? The stats continue to worsen.

Last night, while posting my "hellos" on Facebook, I noticed someone I knew is dating someone I KNOW has an STD. Since I know both people, the alarms in my head warned me that drama could ensue. Ignoring the worry I could lose a friend, I picked up the phone. After all, this young lady could end up with an STD and I had the power to speak up. And so I did. The two involved, just out of their teen years, are like many young people today. You'd never suspect an STD, but that's what 1 in 4 have....more

Ethical Dilemmas: Your Neighbor's Kid Confides in You

Last week we talked about a friend having an affair. This week, wise women, is yet another ethical dilemma for you to resolve. Once again, there are no "right" answers. Today's world presents us with an increasing amount of decisions that have to be made at a younger and younger age. And that is where today's story begins. Ethical Dilemma ...more
Your hypothetical scenario actually happened to me - a child (older than 13, but still a minor) ...more

April Was National STD Awareness Month Did You Get Screened?

Well, April has come and almost gone. With flowers budding and summer on it's way people often forget that April is National STD Awareness Month and it's a great excuse to get tested and push your partner to get tested. ...more

Planned Parenthood: Using the Internet for Better Reproductive Health in the US

"We have a reproductive health care crisis, and we need to do something about it," Tom Subak, Vice President for Online Services at Planned Parenthood, told me when I visited their office last week. "One in four women has an STD, and one in two African American women has an STD." ...more

Herpes: Do most people fess-up to having it BEFORE they have sex?

I'm a divorced mom back out in the dating trenches.  And yes, I've become sexually active again (protected sex only), not with the intention of falling love but to release some of this psychotic, pent-up, approaching-40 sexual energy. But a few days ago a man I planned to meet this weekend for a first date told me he has herpes.  Shocked, I sat there waiting for him to say he was joking (not sure why) ....but no, he wasn't. ...more

I did some research on herpes just to find out how widespread it really is - and yeah, they ...more

Making Our Girls a Priority

“Who if not us, will be responsible for our children?” I am sure many of you heard on the news Monday night or read the paper yesterday morning about the results of the first national study looking at the four common STDs among girls and young women. To say the least, the results were startling. Especially for young African American adolescents and young women. Just in case you need a recap of the results or didn’t hear about it yet here is some information. ...more

You are absolutely on point with your comments and I thank you for your response. Sorry it took ...more