CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2012 |
Central Valley teenager Taylor Ghimenti learned in her 9th grade sex education class that HIV-AIDS could be spread by kissing — a medically inaccurate statement. In the 2009 class, her mother said, Taylor was taught only about abstinence as protection against sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies and given no information about condoms or contraception. That launched a quest by her mother, Mica Ghimenti, to change the Clovis Unified School District's high school sex education curriculum.
April 13, 1998
Facts About STDs * Sexually transmitted diseases are contracted from having vaginal, oral or anal sex with someone who has an STD. * Many people with STDs have no symptoms at all. STDs can still be passed even if there are no apparent symptoms. * If not treated, STDs can cause serious health problems, even death. Some STDs can cause sterility. In pregnant women, STDs can harm or even kill the fetus. * Most STDs can be cured.
December 22, 2011
The way Trent Arsenault touts himself, he's a tall, healthy and educated altruist who helps others by donating his sperm (sans sexual intercourse) on a fairly large scale. The way the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sees it, he operates a sperm bank, albeit an informal and unpaid one, that fails to meet federal regulations. From our perspective, the FDA is overreaching. Arsenault, an electronics company engineer in the Bay Area, promotes his service through the Internet to women who want to get pregnant without paying the $400 to $600 fee that a commercial sperm bank would charge.
January 3, 2011 |
Sexually transmitted diseases -- so easy to get, so difficult to remember how or when. That's not quite the conclusion of a new study published Monday in Pediatrics, but suffice to say: Don't take a young adult's claim of abstinence as proof he or she is disease-free. (The same may well hold true for older adults, but this study was limited to the young variety.) Researchers at Emory University analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and tested 14,012 of the respondents (with their permission)
May 1, 2000 |
In a message posted on a sex and information site for teens and young adults, a 14-year-old girl recently wrote, "Oral sex is not real sex. I would do it to preserve my virginity." Her attitude is not uncommon and troubles physicians and psychologists who say that some teens engage in oral sex with an alarming nonchalance.
August 24, 2012
Re "Illegal scrap yards heaping up," Aug. 22 Illegal scrap yard operators are actually some of America's true entrepreneurs. They add value to materials that often would be buried in our landfills. Our elected officials must make recycling easier and our citizens must vote to allow the officials the money to do so. About $11 billion worth of our resources was bulldozed into the ground in 2010, according the nonprofit group As You Sow, which promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1994 |
"Just say no./Just use a condom." "Wait until you're older./Everybody's doing it." The messages teen-agers receive about sex today are confusing. The result is a lost generation. Many teens have never received explicit guidelines regarding sexual behavior and, therefore, are setting their own standards. The statistics on teen sexuality indicate that too many parents are not teaching their teen-agers to be responsible and that the educational system is not doing its job in this subject.
October 31, 2011 |
OK, Halloween checklist: No eye color-changing lenses, because they can infect your cornea. Check. No black licorice for days at a time, as it lowers potassium and can cause heart arrythmias. Check. Don't go overboard on the chocolate, which contains caffeine; do brush your teeth after eating gummy candy; and plan an extra half-hour on the elliptical for the rest of this week. Check, check and check. Oh, and no unprotected sex with vampires: they might tell you you can't get pregnant, but just ask Bella: You can. He might tell you he doesn't have any sexually transmitted diseases, but can you imagine how many partners a 700-year old guy might have racked up (especially if he looks like Robert Pattinson or Stephen Moyer)
January 29, 1996 |
If only condoms had the appeal of lacy lingerie. "Who wouldn't want to wear a condom then?" asks Mary Klein, a sex therapist in Palo Alto and author of "Ask Me Anything: A Sex Therapist Answers the Most Important Questions for the '90s" (Simon & Schuster, 1992). In other cultures, such as France, Klein says people "eroticize condoms and sex play so that condoms aren't considered some damn thing that needs to be put on. That's what we need to do [in the U.S.] if we want people to use condoms.