A Sexy - and Safer - “Spring Break for Geeks”
Attending SXSW Interactive is one of our favorite things to do. Like, ever. The festivities and information get us so giddy we often end up seeing double (like the two Austin capitol domes above).
Alas, we couldn’t make it this year, but we’ll be thinking of our friends who will be there. Friends like Ramin Bastani and the Qpid.me team, who are bringing safer sex to Austin through their free website.
As geeks ourselves, we’re happy to see Interactive getting some attention in for their interest in sex this year. In the past only the music attendees received condoms in their tote bags. But that oversight has apparently gone the way of those stuffed and not-so-green tote bags.
Qpid.me is “for people who want to privately share their verified STD results with anyone via text message or online,” according to a recent new release. We’re down. Just remember to also check out all your options for birth control—especially those that are “party-ready.”
And raise a glass for us. We’ll see you next year!
Larry Swiader is Senior Director of Digital Media for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a.k.a. “Mr. Bedsider.” When Larry is not working, surfing the Web, watching sports, or playing tennis, he is enjoying life with his wife and daughter—as often as possible in their second home of Greece.
You seem pretty scared of catching the flu for someone who’s not remotely scared of catching STDs.
Dug up this golden oldie (but goodie) from Someecards in honor of National Condom Week. Let’s hear it for the only method of birth control that also prevents STIs! And speaking of golden, remember that just because you’re using another method of birth control doesn’t mean you should give up condoms. Doubling up=the golden ticket to safer sex.
"Honestly a lot of times your gynecologist isn’t gonna say ‘well, do you want to hear about the latest products on the market?’ They’re gonna say ‘well what do you want?’ So you almost have to go in knowing your order, and you never have seen the menu."
This is the perfect night to troll the city for undatable alcoholics.
Anybody else have one of those Hump Days? Just remember, if you find yourself feeling frisky with someone you’re not sure you want to have around for the long haul, make sure you’re super-duper covered.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!
Another January, another chance to get educated about cervical cancer. Last year around this time we posted our “Smeared and cleared” Fact or Fiction to make sure everyone’s clear on exactly what a Pap smear tests for (Spoiler alert: Paps check for early signs of cervical cancer, not STIs).
New year, new video, this one from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England with the fabulous Laci Green.
A few points from the video we’d like to emphasize:
1) As Laci rightfully notes, safe sex is an important part of prevention. 99% of cervical cancer is caused by HPV, a super-common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Since HPV can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, not having sex is the only way to be 100% sure not to transmit or be exposed to the virus. If the no-sex approach doesn’t work for you, the next best thing is condoms. Dr. Robin Wallace wrote for us about doubling up with condoms and a super-effective method of birth control to make sex safer.
2) The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is another important piece of the prevention puzzle. Gardasil has already shown evidence that it may be making a difference—and research has found it won’t actually turn girls into raging trollops (phew, right?). Oh, and Gardasil is now recommended for guys, too.
3) If you do have an abnormal Pap, don’t panic. A lot of the time abnormalities will resolve themselves and there are further tests your health care provider can run to decide whether there’s cause for any concern. If an abnormality ends up being cervical cancer (which is extremely rare), the likelihood of beating it is much greater for women whose cancer was found through a Pap.
When you’re due for a Pap will depend on your age and on the results of your last Pap. Whatever your check-up status, we say seize the moment to take stock of your cervical health—make a plan for safer sex, get the HPV vaccine, set up your next Pap smear appointment, or if you’re already on top of all that, spread the word to a friend.
Thanks for climaxing quietly when we visit family.
Everybody back in their own bed and ready for New Year’s revelry?