Whether it's a one-time thing or a long-term committed relationship, there are three prerequisites to any sexual activity: consent, safety and pleasure. There is no way around it: communication is key. For some people, this feels entirely natural; for others, they'd rather visit the dentist.
Too few people within the black community and other disproportionately-affected groups have access to or even know about the options that are available, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent infection or antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat it.
Lots of good things happen during the teen years. Adolescents no longer believe that that they will get a nasty case of cooties from the opposite sex, right? And, most teens feel comfortable talking to their opposite sex peers;right? Nope. Not always. Often they feel awkward, shy and just plain clumsy.
Sex and relationships are important aspects of being human. Now imagine learning that you're HIV-positive. A new study published December 1, on World AIDS Day, shows just how powerful HIV-related fear and discrimination can be for a woman's sex life.
The gaping gap in French aesthetic intelligence--parallel perhaps to the obvious recent gap in anti-terror intelligence--has at last been corrected, but not in Paris, the self-perceived global capital of fine arts.
At work, we show up 100 percent, are on time, are responsible, are proactive and intentional. Then, when we get home, we bring what Perel calls, "the leftovers". We're exhausted, we're on autopilot and even flat out lazy. No wonder desire and intimacy is dwindling with this way of showing up.
Te practice of Kegels actually increases your pelvic vascularity, which means more blood flow and more genital awareness, which is more pleasure for you!
There's nothing more sensual than a deep, passionate kiss -- one that unhinges your knees and takes your breath away. It can easily be more intimate than sex. A bad kiss, however, can have the opposite effect, leaving you with a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach.
DOMA and gay marriages are making history, but there's no law that says you need to grab that guy you've been dating for a month and pick your Kelly Clarkson first dance song.
HIV infection is decidedly no longer a death sentence, and no longer a major inhibitor of quality of life. HIV-positive people can live long and healthy lives. For those with access to care, some sex educators now talk about HIV infection as more of a nuisance to be managed than than a life-altering diagnosis.
So with a few research findings thrown in, here's the juice on how I can guess pretty accurately whether a couple is likely to last or fall apart in the long term. For me there's four fundamental factors you want to get right:
Act like you're at the top of Rick's Cafe on a cliff in Jamaica, nervously peeping over the edge, and jump off. Fall deeper and harder for each other every day.
As a woman there's no getting away from it -- you are WAW: Walking As a Woman, and that means you are treated differently every step you take.
The Washington Post including a self-published romance novel in Sarah MacLean's "best of 2015" furthers the growth of the romance genre, even if MacLean "didn't think she was doing anything particularly radical by including a self-published book."
Negotiation in a healthy relationship involves two people who relate as equals. Here are a few example of topics to discuss proactively, before they might become a source of conflict.
The period after a breakup is the perfect time for a little post-relationship debriefing with trusted friends. It's also a great time for some self-reflection about what you're looking for in a new relationship. This self-reflection often includes reading up on love and relationships to make sure you are wiser and better equipped for relationship success.