Health issues and maintaining good health needs to be a concern every month. Many issues of one’s health are not thought of until the illness is spotlighted. April recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month all month long. Although excessive drinking affects both sexes, when they drink to excess, the effects are different between the genders when the same amount of alcohol is ingested. Women have more health risks due to binge drinking or excessive risky behavior due to alcohol. For both sexes, alcohol decreases inhibitions, and with excessive use comes an increase of sexually transmitted diseases as unprotected sex occurs more often when a high alcohol content is partaken. The CDC has increased research to bring attention to health issues when alcohol use among adults and youth.
There continues to be an increase of STDs in Los Angeles. The number of cases of syphilis among the Adult film stars has been the greatest increase. The risky behavior among those that star in porn movies has been documented to continue after the cameras are turned off. Unprotected sex among the adult entertainment industry occurs orally, vaginally and anally. Many of the sexually transmitted diseases go untreated and continue to be spread not only among the performers, but to others outside the industry.
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia cases continue to be on the rise among Chicago youth. In an effort to get more sexually active teenagers tested for STDs and the education to practice safe sex, the Chicago Department of Public Health has developed a program that discusses STDs in schools that is currently being introduced in the schools.
Young girls and women between the ages of 15 to 24 years of age are still the group that has the highest risk of STDs and continue to record new cases of sexually transmitted diseases that includes Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Both of these sexually transmitted diseases can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics with early detection through testing and treatment. For many young women, these and other STDs go untested. Symptoms similar to those associated with a bladder infection could be the first signs of an untested and untreated sexually transmitted disease.
Couples that have gone through any stressful experience, including STD treatments may look to ways to heat up their sex life and relationship draw each other closer. There are many ways to heat up your relationship and remain STD free in the process. Counselors often recommend playing games, role playing, and dating to reconnect with each other. In the case of role playing, couples pretend to not know each other and live out fantasies of hook-ups or pickups. The fantasy can be a HOT one night stand with a stranger to trying out new clothes, personality traits, etc.
Safe sex is considered the main use of condoms and many have preconceived notions the sex won’t be as good when a condom is worn. Whether straight or gay, the studies through the center for Sexual Health Promotion has proven that sex with the use of condoms can be a pleasurable experience for all partners involved. Couples can use condoms and sexual pleasure of each party involved does not need to be forfeited. With all the condoms on the market, there is a condom that will give pleasure that is desired, but the protection from sexually transmitted diseases that is not wanted.
Abraham Lincoln, during his inaugural address of 1861, had these words to say: “In your hands and not in mine is the momentous issue of civil war.” In 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared the end of slavery forever. For his advancement of Black Americans he is recognized not only on his birthday on February 12th, but during the month of February, as part of Black History Month. His birthday is not an official holiday, yet, he is recognized by all during the month for his part is preserving the United States of America. As we think back on his life and achievements, we are reminded of the advances in medicine the country saw during the Civil War.
Some see Valentine’s Day as a gimmick started up by Hallmark and the chocolate candy producers to commercialize a pagan celebration. The holiday for lovers is rooted in an annual Roman Festival when men took their clothing off and spanked young females to increase fertility and produce children. For over 150 years this festival was celebrated each year until Constantine and the ancient church tied the pagan celebration with St. Valentine where lovers wanted to express their love through marriage. Many groups are utilizing Valentine’s Day as a reminder for us to get tested for STDs.
The condom was invented in the 1500s with the desire to prevent spreading syphilis. The new sheath or condom was shown to prevent pregnancy as studies continued, but the original use to stop the spread of syphilis was successful with sheath or condom use. The first rubber condom was available in the mid-1800s, with the latex version known today being introduced by Trojan in 1920. With the era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll of the 1970, the production of condoms and the sale of them increased as a deterrent for unwanted pregnancies. Condoms use came full circle in the 1980s to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. February with the celebration of romance, the National Condom Day recognizes all the developments of the condom and how the use of them is more important than ever for the securing of sexual health now and in the future.
Mardi Gras is the celebration leading up to Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the long days of fasting that comes during Lent that many Christian churches follow and this fasting continues up to Easter. New Orleans is the place thought of at the mention of Mardi Gras, although many cities have their own Mardi Gras celebration. With parades, people dressed in costumes and dancing in the streets, Mardi Gras is carnival time. Many are now including Mardi Gras beads with condoms in their festivities in an effort to spread awareness and keep sexual activity safe.