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Sex Education for Pre-schoolers In Chicago

Words: Christian Cargill (@Christian_Carg)

In a radical new scheme, the Chicago Board of Education passed a policy on Wednesday that will see public school children as young as 5 getting their first taste of Sex education.

The policy states that students across all age groups in Chicago’s public school system, a total of 431,000, will have set time periods devoted entirely to the development of their knowledge about sex.

With the youngest learning the basics of anatomy and reproduction, as they progress students will find themselves being taught not only on the importance of safe sex and the risk of HIV/AIDS but also about sexual identity including, for the first time in Chicago, those related to gay, bisexual, and even transgender populations.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of the Chicago Public School System, stated that “by implementing a new sexual health education policy, we will be helping them to build a foundation of knowledge that can guide them not just in the preadolescent and adolescent years, but throughout their lives.”



Could Circumcision Be The Answer?

Words: Christian Cargill (@Christian_Carg)

A follow-up survey in sub-Saharan Africa has shown that circumcision could be an effective method for the reduction of HIV/AIDS.

Researcher, Bertran Auvert, first went to the township of Orange Farm, South Africa in 2002 and showed that circumcision could reduce the risk of HIV infection by 50% to 60%.

Fast-forward to 2013, and a follow-up study of 3300 men has shown that HIV infection was 57% to 61% lower in men who had been circumcised.

23·5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with HIV. Auvert and his colleagues argue that voluntary male medical circumcision among adults in this region should be an international priority and should be accelerated to combat the spread of HIV.




Facebook Used As A HIV Prevention Tool

Words: Dami Ahmed (@DamiiMorena)

 Is social media an effective medium for sex education? Sean Young and his colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown that specifically created Facebook groups can help to encourage men who have sex with men get information about home HIV testing.

Individuals were recruited as peer leaders who would then inform their peers about HIV and HIV prevention. The study showed that groups were more likely to interact with their leaders through Facebook than by any other means.

Young states: “I think the next scientific step is replicating this in a bigger group and then I’d say it’s ready for primetime and large scale dissemination.”

Would you use social media to learn more about sex?Source


A Screaming Vagina

Words: Dami Ahmed (@DamiiMorena)

Inspired by the Hindu goddess Kali, South African artist Reshma Chhiba has transformed a former women’s prison into a 39-foot-tall vagina complete with a large scale clitoris and pubic hair.

Named “The Two Talking Yonis”, Chhiba describes the exhibit as “a screaming vagina within a space that once contained women and stifled women”.

Chhiba’s primary objective when creating the exhibit was to help women look at their bodies in a different light.

Discussing her creation, she said: “You don’t often hear men talking about their private parts and feeling disgust or shamed [as women often do]…And that alone speaks volumes of how we’ve been brought up to think about our bodies, and what I am saying here is that it’s supposed to be an empowering space.”

Is a giant screaming vagina enough to help change women’s negative perceptions of their bodies?




Erotic Tastes From Around The World

Words: Gordon Shallard-Brown

Does your sex life need some international inspiration? If you’d like a bit of extra spice between the sheets, Cosmopolitan has polled its readers to find out their hot sex secrets.

Highlights included a wide range of saucy tips and tricks, including this sweet one from a reader in Brazil: “Before you give oral sex, put honey in your mouth, and drink a little bit of hot tea so the honey melts…then go for it!”

There are practical suggestions to enhancing romance when away from home, including this cheeky tip from a reader in China: “Take some sexy fabric with you when you two travel together, and use it to make a normal hotel look like a love motel”. Or you could try this more high-tech approach from an Italian reader, who recommends a weekly Skype “sex date”, with the promise “for him, it’s better than porn”.

Other suggestions include an ice cube body massage, keeping high heels on during sex, and talking dirty on one-night stands.

Do these tips show that love is an international language, or are we worlds apart when it comes to kinkiness?

What sex tips do you have?



Are Children Learning Too Fast?

Words: Christian (@Christian_Carg)

There’s worry in Uganda that children might be exposed to the subject of safe sex a little too early as condom adverts are broadcast during the daytime.

“If it’s NOT on, the game is off” is the slogan, and it’s one that kids appear to be picking up pretty fast. But are they learning too young?

There are concerns that irrespective of the adverts intentions, they may be exposing children to sex prematurely and are leaving them curious not just about safe sex, but simply about sex itself.

Is the sooner they learn the better or should restrictions be put in place?



Spike In HIV Cases In Philippines

Words: Gordon Shallard-Brown

New figures show record numbers of HIV infections in the Philippines. Gay Star News reported that the number of new infections in July was an all-time high of 449; 62% higher than the same month last year.

Lawrence Villegas of Love Yourself, an LGBT charity based in the Philippines stated: “For years, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. Now, we’re starting to see the real extent of the epidemic”.

Opposition to condom use could be a driving factor for this rise in new infections. 92% of new infections were sexually transmitted, but in the Philippines, where a large proportion of the population are Catholic, most oppose the use of condoms to halt the spread HIV. Jonas Bagas, President of the Dangal National Network, a coalition of 23 LGBT groups in the Philippines, was unequivocal, saying: “Condom use promotion is evidence-based, and in any epidemic, everyone should stick to evidence and prevent the spread of falsehoods, misconceptions and misinformation.”

What would you do to help cut infections?



Abortions Can Be Reduced By Simple Changes In Contraception

Words: Christian Cargill (@Christian_Carg)

Experts claim that the number of abortions in Australia can be halved by a simple increase in the use of long-acting contraceptives.

For women aged 15–44 years in Australia, around 20 women in every thousand undergo an abortion as a result of an unintended pregnancy. According to Gynaecologist Dr Kirsten Black, half of these unwanted pregnancies are a direct result of contraceptive failure and can be tackled by the promotion of long-acting contraceptives such as patches, injections, and vaginal rings.

Only 7% of women in Australia are using long-acting contraceptives compared with 15% in northern Europe. Black believes this low figure may be a result of misperceptions about infection rates and problems with older devices.

She emphasises the need for better education of general practitioners about the importance of long-acting contraceptives and for doctors to be incentivised to provide advice for young women.