Could STIs Manipulate Us Into Having More Sex To Increase Disease Spread?

February 22, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Most of us like to think of ourselves as having free will. We engage in behaviors—sexually and otherwise—because we choose to do so, right? But what if this wasn't entirely true? What if some of our behaviors were unknowingly being manipulated by microorganisms that entered our bodies and brains?I know what you’re thinking—this sounds kind of crazy, bordering on science...

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Could STIs Manipulate Us Into Having More Sex To Increase Disease Spread?
10 Things You Should Know About Condoms for National Condom Month
10 Things You Should Know About Condoms for National Condom Month

February 10, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) recognizes February as National Condom Month. Condom awareness and education is always important, but it seems especially timely right now given that rates of...

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The State of Sex Education in the United States in 2021 (Infographic)
The State of Sex Education in the United States in 2021 (Infographic)

February 4, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Teens across the United States have wildly inconsistent experiences with sex education. Currently, 20 states do not require sex ed, and even in those states that mandate it, the information...

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Condom Use Decreased During the Pandemic—And This Might Be Why
Condom Use Decreased During the Pandemic—And This Might Be Why

January 25, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

We know that there have been multiple changes in sexual behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, which I’ve blogged extensively about before (for a summary of some of the main findings,...

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We Usually Have More Sex in the Summer–But Will We During the Pandemic?
We Usually Have More Sex in the Summer–But Will We During the Pandemic?

August 17, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Our sexual behavior patterns change with the seasons. Historically, there has been a reliable peak in sexual activity during the summer months. But is our usual summer peak going to...

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Take Control of Your Sexual Health with an STD Check
Take Control of Your Sexual Health with an STD Check

June 12, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a significant public health concern, with cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia recently reaching a record high in the United States. There is much work...

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Researchers Have Found the COVID-19 Coronavirus Present in Semen
Researchers Have Found the COVID-19 Coronavirus Present in Semen

May 18, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Two months ago, I published a blog post titled “Can the Coronavirus be Transmitted Through Sex?” At the time, I wrote that “there haven’t been any scientific studies as of...

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Fact Check: Does Pubic Hair Grooming Increase the Risk of Getting an STI?
Fact Check: Does Pubic Hair Grooming Increase the Risk of Getting an STI?

April 29, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise, and many people are curious about the reasons why. While the cause is obviously multifactorial, some have suggested that at least part...

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5 Common Myths About Sexually Transmitted Infections
5 Common Myths About Sexually Transmitted Infections

April 27, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

April is STD Awareness Month, so let’s take a little time to set the record straight on some popular myths about sexually transmitted infections and diseases. In this post, we’ll...

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Will There Really Be a Coronavirus Baby Boom? Here’s What the Science Says
Will There Really Be a Coronavirus Baby Boom? Here’s What the Science Says

March 18, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

In the last few weeks, I’ve seen a ton of headlines predicting a massive baby boom stemming from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic—and some people are making very bold claims. Case...

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Can the Coronavirus be Transmitted Through Sex?
Can the Coronavirus be Transmitted Through Sex?

March 16, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has prompted a lot of questions, including many questions about exactly how this virus spreads. One that I’ve been hearing a lot about lately is whether...

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Are Condoms Going Out of Style? Six Theories on Why Condom Use is Decreasing
Are Condoms Going Out of Style? Six Theories on Why Condom Use is Decreasing

March 4, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

People today are less likely to report using condoms than they were in the past. For example, among teens, the number who reported using a condom the last time they...

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The State of Sex Education in the United States in 2020 (Infographic)
The State of Sex Education in the United States in 2020 (Infographic)

February 24, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Teens across the United States have wildly inconsistent experiences with sex education. More than 20 states do not even require that sex education be taught at all, and even in...

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Take Control of Your Sexual Health and Pleasure with Wearable Dental Dams
Take Control of Your Sexual Health and Pleasure with Wearable Dental Dams

February 7, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Oral sex is one of the most common sexual activities in the United States today. In fact, a majority of American adults under age 50 say they have both given and received...

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The History of the Billion-Dollar Sperm Banking Industry
The History of the Billion-Dollar Sperm Banking Industry

December 6, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and NPR’s Planet Money is one of my favorites. Generally speaking, their episodes don’t have much to do with sex or sexuality; however,...

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Sexual Arousal Puts Us In a Risk-Taking State of Mind
Sexual Arousal Puts Us In a Risk-Taking State of Mind

November 1, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

Why do people engage in risky sexual behaviors? This is, of course, a complex question and there are obviously many contributing factors. For example, some people take sexual risks because...

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