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Holes-Diary of a Sex Educator

Jul 12, 2013 | Diary of a Sex Educator |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)

I know what you may be thinking but no-not those kinds of holes! I’m talking about the holes in the healthcare system. Practically all my calls are from people who have already been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection but don’t know what to do next.


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Heartbreak - Diary of a Sex Educator

Jul 3, 2013 | Diary of a Sex Educator |Adolescent health |Sex ed |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)
My heart broke today for a young girl, alone in her bedroom, fearful that she was pregnant from giving a boy a blowjob.  Even though I told her all the facts and that she was no risk for pregnancy, she kept crying.  I was confused.  I’ve never encountered a situation where...

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The Big Leagues – Diary of a Sex Educator

Jun 27, 2013 | Diary of a Sex Educator |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)
After studying the ins and outs of sexually transmitted diseases tirelessly all week, it was time to get on the line (ASHA runs an STI question hotline and I was their new recruit).  My stomach was filled with giant, heavy butterflies as I sat at my desk waiting for my first call. The phone rang and I took a deep breath . . .

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Love Thyself

Jun 3, 2013 | Sex ed |Sexual Health |General | Comments (0)

Despite the fact that we’re 13 years into a new millennium, when it comes to self-pleasuring – otherwise known as masturbation - we seem to still be in the Dark Ages. 

Many women I counsel about sex feel and believe that masturbation is only for men or people without a sex partner. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, research about self-pleasuring habits has revealed that men and women in couples are more likely to masturbate than single people. So why the blushing and nervous giggles whenever someone mentions it? Because few people find it easy to talk about sex openly and this is what causes the red-face and reticence when conversation turns to sex on our own steam.


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On Love, Gratitude, and Anatomy

May 17, 2013 | Sexual Health |Sex ed | Comments (1)

“You don’t have a penis, Mommy!?”

Even though I’ve worked in HIV, sexual health, and education for over 20 years, I never imagined I’d be having a conversation like this with my 3-year-old son.


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