Sunday, January 20, 2008

Masturbation Questions and Answers

Masturbation Questions and Answers

What is masturbation?

Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the genitals to achieve sexual arousal and pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm (sexual climax). It is commonly done by touching, stroking or massaging the penis or clitoris until an orgasm is achieved. Some women also use stimulation of the vagina to masturbate or use "sex toys," such as a vibrator.

Who masturbates?

  • In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s Alfred Kinsey first published results of over 15 years of research in human sexual behavior. His studies revealed that approximately 95% of males and 60% of females had masturbated.
  • The National Health and Social Life Survey and other research conducted confirm between 48-95% of people masturbate.
  • Regardless of cultural attitudes and values, masturbation has been found in all societies.

Are there side effects?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Clinical Evaluation of Tentex Royal in Erectile Dysfunction

Clinical Evaluation of Tentex Royal in Erectile Dysfunction

A study was conducted to evaluate the clinical efficacy of Tentex Royal in patients with erectile dysfunction (ED). The study included 45 patients with a history of ED. Each patient was given Tentex Royal 2 capsules daily at night for 6 weeks. All patients had follow-up to evaluate the effect of the drug and to rule out any side effects after the second week and then every week for a further 4 weeks.

Among the 45 patients included in the study, 40 patients completed the treatment. Thirty two patients (80%) showed significant clinical improvement 16 patients (40%) were cured in 3 weeks and 12 patients (30%) showed improvement in 6 weeks. Thus, Tentex Royal is effective and safe in the treatment of patients with ED.

Introduction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a potentially devastating ailment that affects not only men, but also their sexual partners. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study revealed that age is the single most important variable associated with erectile difficulty. Currently, about 20-30 million American men are impotent, with projections of upto 47 million by the year 2020. This can be a rather difficult and embarrassing topic for most of these individuals to discuss. Moreover, most patients and healthcare professionals do not have an adequate understanding of the available treatment options. Hence, it has been estimated that only 5-10% of men with ED will seek medical intervention. Since this is one of the most under-treated conditions in the United States, the evaluation and management of impotence has become an emerging market, resulting in the expansion of numerous men’s impotence clinics.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bisexuality Basics

Bisexuality Basics

Bisexuality is the potential to feel attracted (sexually, romantically, emotionally) to and to engage in sensual or sexual relationships with people of either sex. A bisexual person may not be equally attracted to both sexes, and the degree of attraction may vary over time.

Self-perception is the key to a bisexual identity. Many people engage in sexual activity with people of both sexes, yet do not identify as bisexual. Likewise, other people engage in sexual relations only with people of one sex, or do not engage in sexual activity at all, yet consider themselves bisexual. There is no behavioral "test" to determine whether or not one is bisexual.

Bisexual Identity

Some people believe that a person is born heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual (for instance due to prenatal hormonal influences), and that their identity is inherent and unchangeable. Others believe that sexual orientation is due to socialization (for example either imitating or rejecting parental models) or conscious choice (for example, choosing lesbianism as part of a political feminist identity). Others believe that these factors interact. Because biological, social, and cultural factors are different for each person, everyone's sexuality is highly individual, whether they are bisexual, gay or lesbian, heterosexual, or asexual. The "value" placed on a sexual identity should not depend on its origin. Many people assume that bisexuality is just a phase people go through. In fact, any sexual orientation can be a phase.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Understanding Erectile Dysfunction. Part #2 (VIDEO)

This part tells about three methods of treatment Erectile Dysfunction: Medications, Vacuum Constriction Devices and Penile Prosthesis Implantation.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Child Sexual Assault

Child Sexual Assault

Child sexual assault is unwanted physical contact by a non-caretaker with a child for sexual gratification. Sexual assault can include fondling or touching of private parts and non-touching experiences, such as exposing private parts for the purpose of sexual gratification. Sexual assault is a crime and can be reported to the police at any time. Even without a police report, the victim and his or her family can receive counseling and other support services.

If the offender is a caretaker, such as a baby-sitter, family member, teacher or clergy-person etc... the offense is called sexual abuse. Sexual abuse allegations must be reported to Child Protective Services.

The offender is the only person responsible for the sexual assault. Sometimes the offender is someone the child knows, like a neighbor, family friend, or even other children. In other cases, the offender is a stranger who has gained access to the child. Frequently the offender forces the child to keep the touching secret, either by threatening harm to the child or to someone the child loves. In most situations, the child is tricked, bribed, or manipulated. Children often cooperate with the offender out of fear and confusion.

A child's reaction to sexual assault can vary, depending on a combination of factors. These factors include the child's age, the nature of the offense, the identity of the offender, and the frequency and duration of the assault.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Proteins That Help HIV Grow Identified

New Proteins That Help HIV Grow Identified

Harvard researchers have identified almost 300 human proteins that help HIV propagate, creating hope for new treatments to combat the virus that causes AIDS.

Using a technique called RNA interference to screen thousands of genes, the team identified 273 human proteins, according to the study published online Jan. 10 in Science Express. These proteins could provide a way to help people with HIV when the virus develops resistance to current antiviral drugs.

"Antiviral drugs are currently doing a good job of keeping people alive, but these therapeutics all suffer from the same problem, which is that you can get resistance, so we decided to take a different approach centered on the human proteins exploited by the virus. The virus would not be able to mutate to overcome drugs that interact with these proteins," senior author Stephen Elledge, a professor in Harvard Medical School's department of genetics, said in a prepared statement.

Understanding Erectile Dysfunction. Part #1 (VIDEO)

This Video contains health information only, not medical advice. Talk to your doctor before making health decisions.


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Internet-Based Health Promotion and Disease Control in the 8 Cities: Successes, Barriers, and Future Plans

Internet-Based Health Promotion and Disease Control in the 8 Cities: Successes, Barriers, and Future Plans

Objectives: The objective of this paper is to provide a detailed description of Internet-based sexually transmitted disease/human immunodeficiency virus prevention in the 8 US cities most affected by syphilis in men who have sex with men.

Goal: By reviewing the efforts under way in these 8 cities, we will understand the barriers and facilitators associated with Internet-based prevention efforts.

Study: This is a review of Internet activities taking place in 8 major US cities.

Results: Efforts in the 8 cities vary, with some cities reporting little or no Internet-based prevention activities. Other cities have attempted banner advertising, online outreach, online partner notification, online laboratory slips for syphilis testing, and auditorium-style chat sessions.

Conclusion: Though a number of policy-related barriers prevent some cities from engaging in Internet-based prevention, these activities are clearly important to the overall prevention effort. In order to surmount local policy barriers, it is essential to obtain evaluation data from the programs initiated.

Monday, January 7, 2008

FAQ About Erectile Dysfunction After Robotic Prostatectomy

FAQ About Erectile Dysfunction After Robotic Prostatectomy

Q. Is there a better chance to get erectile function back after robotic prostatectomy? Is there an advantage with robotic prostatectomy over an open prostatectomy in terms of getting erectile function back?

A. Yes. Compared to open surgery to remove the prostate, there is an advantage to robotic surgery. With robotic surgery, the doctor can see the nerves more clearly. That means there is a better chance to keep those nerves safe from lasting harm. For a man who had good sexual function before surgery, it will still take a few months to a few years to return to sexual activity. There is no guarantee that you will have recovery of sexual function like you had before surgery. However, you will have a better opportunity for recovery by following Dr. Patel's treatment plan.

Q. What does the doctor have to do to "save" the nerves?

A. The main goal is to remove all of the cancer if possible. If the doctor is able to save the nerves, he has to peel, stretch and move the nerves away from around the prostate gland. So during the surgery the nerves are disturbed and do have some traumA. It takes time for nerves to heal and work again after they go through the trauma of surgery.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Sexual Addiction vs Sexual Anorexia and the Church's Impact

Sexual Addiction vs Sexual Anorexia and the Church's Impact

Studies have shown that Coca-Cola, an appealing, satisfying drink has caustic effects such as eating through a nail and being able to remove oil from a driveway. Sex, an appealing, satisfying behavior, which unlike Coke is designed for health and wholeness, when taken to extreme has caustic effects on one's life. Sexuality is a powerful force; it is a pleasurable feast God has provided, but it can also erode and destroy lives. As sexuality is a fundamental life process, sexual compulsivity is exceedingly threatening to all of us. Sexual addiction is a major problem facing, not only the general public, but clergy as well. An additional concept that needs to be grappled with is sexual anorexia and how it plays a part in the addictive process. The church needs to be aware of how these issues threaten the core of the church, how the church has been a contributing factor, and how it can be a redemptive force. This article seeks to address these issues; gaining a basic understanding of what sexual addiction and sexual anorexia are, and how the church, positively and negatively, can have an impact.

"Over the past several decades, our society has grown in its understanding of drug, alcohol and food addictions, but only in recent years have we begun to understand sex addiction" (National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, p. 1). Sex addiction is characterized by people using sex as a mood-altering substance and then discovering they need it in greater or more powerful doses. Addicts are unable to control their behavior, which is debilitating to them and those around them. Addictions permeate every dimension of one's life. In employing the techniques of defense, denial, rationalization, and projection, the sex addict presents a desire for an easy, magical solution as well as an inability and unwillingness to endure discomfort or tolerate anxiety. Sex becomes repetitive in an unmanageable way; it is used to escape feelings, and leads to destructive consequences.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Gay Health Beyond HIV Prevention and the PEC Deck

Gay Health Beyond HIV Prevention and the PEC Deck

Looking for a hot, healthy, well-adjusted man?

Whether it be in the bars, baths, on-line chat rooms or personal ads, today more than ever before, gay men are portraying themselves as near-perfect specimens of manliness.

So, are gay men suddenly healthier than ever, or is health, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder?

Consider the following personal ads:

GWM 32, VGL, 6ft, 180 lbs, muscular, blo/blu, social drinker, n/s, enjoys dancing, healthy. Seeks other guys for hot times.
25, 5'10", 145, bl/br, lean, healthy, seeking dominant top for discreet encounters. NS, ND.
30s top guy. Rugby player build. Healthy, clean, discrete. Want HIV neg. bottoms for bb sex.
Healthy 47 yo Asian male looking for a kind, down to earth man for friendship with potential for more. Enjoy the outdoors, eating out, theater, and quiet nights at home. Serious replies only.

Four gay men looking for sex, love and fun. All claim to be "healthy," but just what does healthy mean, and whose definition of "health" are they using?

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Battles over Sexual Education: History, Politics, and Practice

The Battles over Sexual Education: History, Politics, and Practice

Sex education has always been a controversial aspect of education and has endured numerous changes due to the dispute surrounding it. Since the beginning of the 20th century, debates over sex education have been prominent in schools throughout the country. Already by 1919 there was a call for education about "the moral, the normal, the healthful, the helpful, and the esthetic aspects" and a move away from teaching solely about disease prevention. In 1964, as sex was becoming more visible to youth via a more overt media targeted at teens in particular, the private organization SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) was created to challenge inadequate sex education. With the creation of SIECUS, opponents no longer remained quiet because there was now a clear target to attack. Right Wing groups lashed out at comprehensive sex education programs. Thus, the sex education battle was born and has remained vigorous to this day.

There have been several policy changes in recent history that have affected sex education throughout the country and there is far from a cohesive stance about whether these policies were the correct ones to implement and whether or not they have been successful While the policies that have had the greatest effect on sex education were put into place beginning in the 1980s, the ferocious sex education battle really began in the 60's. There were many social and cultural changes from the 1960s-1980s that caused such policies to be executed. These policies and practices reflect a very conservative government that views sex education as a way to promote traditional ideas about sex. Thus, this paper will partly focus on these policy changes and what promoted their conception. What social and cultural shifts from the 1960s to now caused policy changes in sex education in the United States? There is another part to this question that needs to be addressed. While an overwhelming majority of schools require abstinence-only education, is this necessarily the type of education parents want their children to receive? To what extent do current sex education programs and policies indicate parents desires for their children's education and to what extent do they reflect political controversy? To explore this question further, I will shift the concentration to one state, Connecticut, and examine how national social and cultural shifts are reflected in Connecticut's policies. What federal funding is Connecticut receiving and what does this reveal about Connecticut's sex ed programs in relation to the rest of the country?