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Making Health Promotion Sexy

If my personal experience is any indication, there’s a good chance that the last time you saw a health promotion campaign on TV or on a billboard, it left a sour taste in your mouth. Too many campaigns seems to rely on fear, guilt, and shame to make their point. There’s a great deal of debate in the field of Public Health about fear-based health promotion. Some think a little fear goes a long way in motivating people to make healthy decisions, but others (like myself) think that there are other, better ways of teaching – especially when it comes to sexual health. Most people have enough anxiety around sex to begin with, and more fear doesn’t necessarily equal more conscientiousness. Continue Reading →

Will HPV Vaccines Become Mandatory in the UK?

Cases of genital warts in the UK have increased by 33% in the past eleven years, and doctors are urging the government to make vaccination mandatory (mandatory HPV vaccines have been very controversial). Though strains of HPV that cause genital warts aren’t typically linked to cancer, genital warts can feel unsettling to people who get them. For the full details, check out the article. Continue Reading →

Planned Parenthood Funding Cuts Could Affect Your Sex Life

So we’ve all heard about the recent vote in the House of Representatives to cut Title X funding, which would result in a lack of federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Obviously, there is a long list of reasons why this is a terrible idea. But rather than go on a feminist political rant, I’m simply going to link you guys to this article from The Stir that brings up some of the unspoken reasons. The obvious losses in a funding cut include a lack of women’s health care, access to birth control, exams, and pregnancy terminations, and a general slap in the face to women’s rights activists around the county, but I bet you didn’t think about how it might affect your sex life. Check out the article for the details! Continue Reading →

Urban Legends About Travel And Sex

Dearest MSP readers, posts from me will be scarce for a while as I’ll be traveling through India for roughly three weeks. I’m incredibly excited because I’ve been interested in Indian cultures for a while (for example, I’ve researched women’s dress in India), and this will be my first time visiting. I’ll be presenting a paper at the International Society for Folk Narrative Research in Shillong, and also visiting friends of my aunt. Continue Reading →

“Too Gay To Give”: Are Blood Donation Restrictions Outdated?

As of late, there have been numerous blood drives taking place on IU’s campus – attempting to peak students’ interest in donating blood. The Red Cross buses have been parked outside of popular buildings on campus – with signs littered about campus and chalk on the sidewalks leading towards their location – in hopes of attracting new donors. Yet this emergence of visibility has not just peaked the students’ interest in donating blood, it has helped raise awareness surrounding the discriminatory restrictions that the FDA has placed on gay mens’ ability to donate. Continue Reading →

Getting Tested for HIV

I’m a little late for World AIDS Day (December 1), but  UNAIDS on Twitter told me that every day more than 7,000 people are infected with HIV. While sitting in class watching “House on Fire” (which I highly recommend; it talks about the disparity between the white and black communities with regard to HIV and AIDS), I was reminded of the importance of being tested. Continue Reading →

Gay Porn Studio Fined By Cal/OSHA

Cal/OSHA recently fined gay porn studio Treasure Island Media $21,470 for allegedly putting employees in danger by exposing workers “to semen and other potentially infectious materials.” Treasure Island often makes barebacking porn (sex with no condoms, usually gay men) which carries many risks. I’m curious how this will affect the debate over condom use in straight porn. Thoughts? Continue Reading →