Oral Sex and HIV Risk
All sexual activity carries some risk of HIV when one partner is infected with HIV. Anal sex and vaginal sex usually have a higher risk, but there is no doubt that oral sex can result in the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted disea...
State Report Cards on Teen Dating Violence
The 2009 report about the way that state civil domestic violence protection order laws address the needs of teen victims of domestic violence. This report comes out annually from Break the Cycle and this year there was some good news.California go...
Thank You - Grand Rounds 5.22
Thanks to Kim @ Emergiblog for hosting Grand Rounds 5.22 this week and including posts about Visiting Colleges and Sexual Harassment from Teen Health 411 this week.This week was really interesting - maybe we all have had way too much time inside t...
Thank You - Grand Rounds 5.17
Thanks to Barbara Kivowitz at In Sickness and In Health for hosting Grand Rounds 5.17 today and including a post from Teen Health 411 about the most read posts in 2008.Today was great - I love Science Fiction - and even found one movie I had never...
Teens Eating Breakfast More Often
Sometimes there is progress! Data from kidsdata.org reports that since 2004, the number of youth who report eating breakfast has slowly increased. Maybe the nutrition campaigns have done some good, or the wonderful media about the importance of fa...
Tattooing & Body Piercing
I know, every parent's nightmare - "Mom, I want to get (a tattoo) or (my belly button pierced)." Take a deep breath and say, "OK, let's talk about it, there are lots of things to consider."It may not make you feel better, but decorating bodies is ...
Why Aren't We Worrying About HIV Anymore?
Last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that there were 40 percent more new HIV infections each year than was previously believed. And yet, a new (2009) survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that Ameri...
Thank You - Grand Rounds 4.17
Thanks to A. Fernandez at Sharpbrains for hosting Grand Rounds this week. I loved the theme of what we would like the next president to know and the opportunity to write Ms. Clinton a letter about teen health.Photo Credit: web_guy94301
Twilight: Movie Review
Talk about experiencing pop-culture! My teens and I, along with 10 of their friends, and 400 other people, maybe four of whom were male, saw the new Twilight movie at 7:40 PM on opening day Friday, November 21, 2008! I have to say, I have never he...
Loose Women on Campus?
"Hooking up" means having some form of sex, ranging from petting to intercourse, with someone who may or may not know well, usually without much thought. The point may be pleasure, because hookups take less time than dating, or to get social stat...