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Where Can You Learn About Pregnancy, Sexuality, Sexual Issues, Etc.?

April 1998

I frequently receive questions from people (especially teenagers) about various issues involving sex and sexuality. These questions range from pregnancy, to homosexuality, to the best sexual techniques to please one's partner. Since my time deals primarily with the issues of AIDS, STDs, safer sex, etc., I quite honestly do not have time to answer everyone's questions about other areas of sex and sexuality.

So where does one go to learn about sexual issues not related to HIV/STDs or safer sex? Here are some suggestions:

  1. If you are a teenager, try to find an adult whom you feel comfortable talking to. This can include a parent, close adult friend, or a teacher.

  2. Sometimes clinics and health departments have pamphlets discussing pregnancy, birth control, etc. You can also talk to a nurse at the clinic to learn more about these issues.

  3. There are websites that deal with sex and sexuality issues. Some of them are:

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  4. For issues related to homosexuality/bisexuality, contact a local gay hotline, or a local gay community center. The phone number can be usually be found in the white pages of your local phone book, under the name "gay" or "lesbian." Although these places exist in most larger cities, they can be very difficult, if not impossible, to find in smaller cities and rural areas. Some colleges and universities have gay organizations that may be good places to talk about these types of issues. Reading through a local gay newspaper may be another source to find local agencies dealing with gay/bisexual issues. One can often find gay newspapers in gay bars, gay-friendly businesses, adult bookstores, etc.

    Some gay newspapers have websites. To find gay-related resources online (including the web addresses of gay newspapers), use a search tool such as Yahoo, Google or a similar search program. In addition, some online services (such as America Online) have gay-related forums, where you can speak to others regarding gay issues. To find such forums, use the search command found within many online services.

  5. You can also learn about sexual issues at your local library or a bookstore. There are numerous books that have been written about sex, sexuality, etc.

Although here at The Body we cannot answer every type of sexual question, there are many of resources where you can get your questions answered on sexual issues not related to HIV/STDs and safer sex.


Do you want more information on AIDS, STDs or safer sex? Contact the U.S. Centers for Disease Control AIDS hotline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-CDC-INFO. Or visit The Body's Safe Sex and Prevention Forum.

Until next time . . . Work hard, play hard, play safe, stay sober!




  
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This article was provided by Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H..
 

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