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My Sex Life: Info for Young Poz People

March 2013

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My Sex Life: Info for Young Poz People

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About This Resource

My Sex Life is written primarily by and for young people living with HIV (poz young people) who represent a range of sexualities and gender identities. HIV is stigmatized and this can make sex and life more complicated. It can be hard to find trusted information that affirms our sexual and romantic desires. This resource addresses that challenge.

My Sex Life is a sexual health resource and a bit more. It is designed to help young people living with HIV navigate and explore sex. It may be just as useful for those of us with a lot of sexual experience as it is for those of us who haven't had a relationship or sexual experience. People who provide treatment, care and support to us and work with us may also find My Sex Life useful.

Talking About Body Parts and Types of Sex!

Penis, dick, cock, bits, vag, vagina, vulva and strapless. These are just some of the ways people refer to their genitals. In this resource, we are going to use "our bits" when referring to our genitals. For clarity, when explaining different levels of risk associated with HIV transmission, we will distinguish among anal, vaginal and frontal sex. Some transmen or people on the trans masculine spectrum call their genitals their front hole, and not a vagina. To acknowledge these important differences, we will use anus, vagina and frontal hole when we want to be more specific about people's bits.

Editorial contributors: Alessandro Bisignano, Logan Broeckaert, Jesse Brown, Adam Busch, Andre Ceranto, Melisa Dickie, Duncan MacLachlan, Reece Malone, David McLay, Mason McColl, Claire O'Gorman, Ricky Rodrigues, Michael Schneider, Len Tooley, James Wilton.

Design: Kyle Greenwood
Copy editor: Anna Kohn

This booklet in print is available across Canada from CATIE. In Toronto, the booklet in print is available from ACT and online at

CATIE Ordering Centre No: ATI-26420
(Aussi disponible en Français, ATI-26421)

Nationalized and printed with assistance from CATIE with funding provided to CATIE by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed in this resource do not necessarily reflect the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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This article was provided by Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. Visit CATIE's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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