Sexual Health

Making Love Last Forever

We expect a lot from our relationships, and the fact is, long-term marriages or relationships are difficult to sustain, given the pressures most of us live with, according to Sue Maisch, L.S.W., a family and child counselor in Glenwood Springs, Co. How to Make Love Last Forever ›

Web Connection Raises Chances of Romance

Folks with Internet connections are more likely to be in a romantic relationship than folks without access to the Web, a new study shows.

And it's likely that the Web will soon replace the old standby, "friends," as the number one way to meet your soul mate, Stanford researchers were to report Monday at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in Atlanta.

Virtual connections are proving especially fruitful for lonely hearts from minority or tough-to-find-a-good-mate segments, such as middle-aged heterosexuals and gays and lesbians.

"We're seeing this as a trend now as more generations are embracing the Internet, and with competing demands on people's schedules, this seems like the next logical step," said Simon Rego, director of clinical training at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City.

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Drug Use Among Some Gay Men Linked to Childhood Abuse

Gay and bisexual men who were victims of sexual abuse and social shaming as children are more likely to have psychosocial health problems that could put them at greater risk for HIV infection, a new study suggests.

A second study found that most older gay and bisexual men report a low use of illegal drugs.

The first study included more than 1,000 HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay and bisexual men enrolled in the U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, which began in 1983.

Almost 10 percent of the participants had been victims of childhood abuse and nearly 30 percent had been the targets of gay-related victimization between the ages of 12 and 14, including verbal insults, bullying, threats of physical violence, and actual physical assaults.

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Prevention of Sexual Health Concerns

Contraception -- also called birth control -- refers to methods or devices that prevent pregnancy either by preventing a woman's egg from being fertilized by sperm or by preventing a fertilized egg from being implanted in the uterus. Which method or methods you choose depends on several factors, including your menstrual period, any existing health conditions, convenience of the contraceptive and its ease of use, risk factors, side effects and cost. Your healthcare provider can help you determine the method that's appropriate for you. Keep in mind that you may change your contraception method as the circumstances of your life change. When choosing a method, you should consider how often you have sex, if you are in a monogamous relationship, if you are willing to plan for sex or want a method that doesn't depend on planning, and how will you are to track your fertile days or take a pill every day. To work effectively, a contraceptive method must be used correctly. Know Your Contraception Options ›

Decision Guides for Sexual Health Symptoms

Recent studies show that impotence is a much more common problem than once believed. Many younger men may experience difficulty with erections, and as many as two-thirds of men will develop impotence at some point in their life. Recent studies are also changing our understanding about why men develop impotence. While it was once believed that psychological problems were the main cause, we now understand that medical factors -- such as poor blood flow, nerve damage, and medication side effects -- play a significant role in most men. More importantly, several new drugs for impotence have been developed over the past decade. These drugs offer men a variety of ways to improve erectile function. This guide is intended to help you understand what treatments are available for impotence, and to help you figure out which treatment may work best for you. Keep in mind that men with impotence deserve an evaluation by a healthcare professional. Our goal is to provide useful information while you are awaiting further evaluation, or that adds to what you may have already learned at your visit with a doctor. Remember that this guide is not intended to substitute for the advice of your doctor. Begin Evaluating Your Impotence Treatment Options ›

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