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When he says “I love you”, don’t rush to say “I love you too”. He can a lot of promises but few are delivered. If you have a true love, never give it to someone who desn’t deserve it and if you feel it is taking you so long to find someone who is perfect for you, it is simply that the right time has not yet come. You will always get what you want when it is the right time…never rush, just take your time.

Categories: Young People
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If there wasn’t a good enough reason to get a HPV vaccine besides, I don’t know preventing HPV. The new 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine, can potentially prevent 80 percent of cervical cancers! In the United States if given to all 11- or 12-year-old children before they are exposed to the virus. The study also found the 9-Valent vaccine, under the trademark of Gardasil-9, has the potential to protect against an additional 8 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, which include the base of the tongue and tonsils. This disease is the second-most-common HPV-associated cancer. I mean a vaccine the also fights cancer like whoa.

Categories: Sexual Health
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Sexting and Teens


Did you know that 1 and 4 teens have sexted? Sexting is the word sex, and text combined, looking up the definition of this word the definition pops up, “electronically sending sexual explicit images or messages from one person to another.”  The consequences of these actions such as sending, having a graphic picture of you, and also exposing of these “pictures” are very serious.Every state has their own laws and regulations with sexting between teens.  This act can lead up to three felonies, or even jail time depending on the circumstances.

Sexual pictures have been very popular in the youth lately, social media accounts are made to expose teen girls from certain schools, or cities are constantly being made and taken down. On a daily basis I scroll down Facebook and see numerous girls and boys exposed by their ex’s, friends, or sexual partners. I also have even had some of my close friends be exposed and have seen how sexting can backfire and temporally mess up someone’s life.

Many teens are unaware that this is even illegal to do and do not know the other dangers of sexting. A big danger of sexting is the risk of dealing with sexual predators. Sending a sexual picture over facebook or other messaging apps to someone you have never met or barely know is very dangerous and can put you at a high risk. College and Job admissions can also be affected by this too, due to legal issues or “reputation”..A MAJOR common effect of sexting is Cyber bullying. There have been major cases and even movies based on a scenario where someone’s sexual pictures were exposed to a group of people online and getting bullied was a consequence. Although this person does not deserve to get bullied, this just puts them more out there to be likely to. This can cause much emotional distress, embarrassment, and sadly enough has brought upon suicide in some cases.


Why is this so common at this current time more than ever before? A big factor is the act of flirting with a boyfriend, girlfriend, or attraction to someone they’d like, we have much more internet access than we did ten years ago and this gives a new kind of sexual communication between sexual partners. Also manipulation, peer pressure and the media has its roles too, due to many women and men in the media not being fully dressed and dressed sexually can have certain influences. The internet itself ties into the media, but pornography is very common as many websites, ads, and social media is flooded with these pictures and videos.

Since sexting is becoming more and more commonly seen in the youth and even in general how can we reach out through these young adults? Obviously you won’t know who exactly is sexting just like you don’t know exactly who is sexually active. The only way you may know is if someone openly tells you or you come across someone’s picture on social media. Most teens go to school, and most get some kind of sexual health or health class, why couldn’t we add a section revolving around the dangers of sexting in it? Majority of parents will not give their child an informational lecture of the dangers of sexting, why not reach out to them at the best place where they can get correct information and all informed on the same page of facts.. At the end of the day though teenagers are YOUNG ADULTS, and still are learning and making mistakes. Stuff like this will most likely happen but if these teens could be informed of these dangers and stories of other teen’s consequences that happened when they sexted rates would go down..

Categories: Young People
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She sat there, crying on a sofa shedding tears over her loss. It was a question, not fact.

Lightening like structures of red covered the surface her eyes, dark circles and wrinkles dominated her face and her cheeks, red with frustration wetted themselves with her tears. She gasped, and in a muffled voice whispered a scream that barely registered as but a tone into ones ear. She was all alone that night, by herself as her children slept in their respective rooms. The television’s sound echoed the house, absorbing the muffled tone of screams and tears that tried to escape her mouth. She held a piece of paper, off white in colour which bore a crisp formality to itself. A small stamp on the right top corner and a sentence repeated thrice at the end of the page.

“I do
I do
I do”

As a Muslim women, she had been divorced. Divorced by a brute of all sorts, a man in love with vanity, and an undying lust, a libido so high that even barium couldn’t save him. She had shifted abroad for work and he stayed behind, she took her kids along with his absolute consent as he promised to join her later the year.

Things were fine, probably great when she got this great job but when she came back home for a visit,  after nearly a year, she was greeted by nothing but utter disappointment. She had been cheated upon by a husband she had loved with all her capacity.

The only thing that kept her from jumping off a roof was her children. What if she had lost them too. That was her life now, nothing but a totalitarian  despair.

A year later, there she was shedding tears over something that others would have taken as a relief. A release from pain, a prison that controlled her in all her subtlety.

She was now a “Divorced” woman in a society that would rip her apart, limb by limb, rumour by rumour and emotion by emotion. She had no future now, but an absolute doom. A doom that barely any women are exempt from.

That people, is the life of a Doctor from a South Asian Country. An educated woman, a woman who bore the expenses of her children despite the norms that ruled the society.

The question left, is one; Why was she crying over something that she should otherwise have neglected without the slightest of question?

The answer, Fear. Fear of sarcasm, the fear of living a life that that would bear alongside it an unending series of painful accusations and hate. All her efforts to save the relationship, flooded along in a storm of vain.

The message, don’t treat the soft heart of a women without care- Specifically if you know you have damaged it with your actions and words. Do not judge for to judge is the vice of criminals and those nefariously intended mischief mongrels.


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2014 was the “Year of the Abortion Story”.

You came out in droves to share your stories, and messages of support for safe abortion access.

Will you share your story for the 2016 1 in 3 Speakout?

Yes, we’re asking you to speak out again. But this time, the stakes are much higher.

For too long politicians have chipped away at our rights in an effort to leave millions without access, placing an “undue burden” on accessing abortion care. But there may be hope. Last week, the Supreme Court announced it will hear the most important abortion case in two decades: it will review the Texas law which would close nearly all of its clinics which offer abortion care services.

This year’s Speakout is not only for us. We’ll also be sharing your stories with directly with the Supreme Court.

Click here, add your story to “the people’s brief”. We need one hundred people to share their stories as part of an all-day event that will be live-streamed.

You must have a computer with working internet, a webcam, and Skype in order to participate. Times throughout the day and evening are still available. We can make accommodations for those who wish to protect their identity.

Please complete this form by December 1 if you are able to participate.

This is your chance to have your voice included in the history books. Join us on January 19 for the 1 in 3 Speakout!

In solidarity,

Julia Headshot

Julia Reticker-Flynn

Director, Youth Organizing and Mobilization

Advocates for Youth


Tweet now!Do you have an #abortion story? Let’s make history–join us for the #1in3 Speakout Jan. 19 #1in3Speaks http://bit.ly/Speakout16

Facebook share!#1in3 women will have an abortion in her life time. Do you have an abortion story? Join us for 1 in 3 Speakout: The People’s Brief, January 19. Let’s make history, together. http://bit.ly/Speakout16

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We need relationships in our lives to sustain a healthy live ourselves whether they are acquaintances to romances. While relationships can be very fulfilling and enriching they can also be the cause of displeasure in our lives. So, we talk a lot about healthy relationships but what are you trying to say? Healthy relationships such as acquaintances and romances are what make our lives healthy?
When two people form a connection based on key components such as: good communication, support, mutual respect, trust, fondness, playfulness, fairness and equality; a relationship with a solid foundation is blossoming. These characteristics are vital to a stable relationship. Communication is a huge one; this is something we do on a daily basis without even thinking about it. Question is; are we really getting across the message we hope to? Verbal communication is the first thing we think of, but that’s not the only way to send a message we also interact through body language. Body language can send a stronger vibe then words. These are components of a healthy relationship; but do people really bond over good communication or does good communication come from a mutual bond or connection from something like shared experiences?
When hearing “healthy relationships” keep in mind that not all relationships are the same whether they are friendly, romantic or professional. Think of what you want in and from the relationship and after identifying whatever that may be reflect inward. As hard as it may be to look inward look and see what you find. Do you have the qualities you are looking for in another individual?

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LABIAS LABIAS LABIAS!! What does that word spark in people? For whatever reason any time I use the word I see eyes close, noses scrunch, and hear a chorus of “gah that’s an awful word!”. But why? Why does the name of a body part evoke such disgust in people? Why does a word so closely linked to women’s’ health make men and women alike shrink as if the word were a skunk’s smell?

The labia minora is the set of small lips of skin surrounding the vaginal opening. It may be pink, brown, tan colored, or any variation in between. The labia minora may stay tucked behind the labia majora or may blossom outward. The labia majora is the set of lips covering the labia minora and is made of the same type of skin as the rest of the body, so it is typically the same texture and color as the other skin on the body, and is covered in hair. Both labia sets are packed full of nerve endings that make them a fabulous erogenous zone, and are home to the ever-fantastic clitoris. The labias, paired with the vulva and the other external genitalia also provides comfy protection from all kinds of ickiness that likes to try to creep in.

Since becoming so closely involved in sexual health advocacy work I have developed quite the love for labias, both the word itself and the gorgeous part of female bodies that are so underappreciated. Making people uncomfortable has become part of my daily routine as I talk about contraceptives in public, bust myths about “blue waffles”, and make people think about controversial issues on a regular basis. Even with these other provocative topics, for some reason the word “labia” trumps them all in terms of the ability to freak out my peers.

This is precisely the reason I love the word “labia”. Firstly, because when I use it it means I am doing what I love by speaking out about women’s health and getting young people to talk about their bodies. Secondly, because starting these provocative conversations can raise awareness surrounding the gendered language of women’s bodies. We don’t cringe when we hear nonsexual body parts like “elbow” or “knee” or “shoulder”, and we seldom see such visceral reactions to even hearing the names of men’s body parts. Why is it that women’s bodies are seen as such secretive, elusive “flowers”? (Also, yuck, that is absolutely my least favorite analogy to vaginas).

Labias are without a doubt the coolest part of women’s’ bodies! They come in so many different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Every labia is different in its own unique, gorgeous way, like the women who possess them. Shaming labias for being what they are is shaming the women who wear them with pride. I love my labia and will take the best care of it possible, and so should you! The top tips for awesome labia/vulva/vagina care is making sure to only wash with gentle, unscented soaps, avoid douching at all costs, and also avoid any wipes, creams, or sprays not prescribed by a doctor that could mess with pH balance. Let’s all love our labias! Say it with me!


Side note: Note that not all those who possess vaginas and labias identify as women, but it is still important to take care of them if you have one! Peace, love, labias!

Categories: Sexual Health
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The use of condoms is the most effective way to prevent HIV and STDs and practice safe sex. Condoms have been around for centuries and have been made from various materials from paper to animal skins. Most condoms available today are made of latex rubber. Condoms reduce the risk of transmitting diseases by blocking the exchange of fluids during sexual activity. When condoms are used correctly, there is only a three percent chance of becoming pregnant and even less than a three percent chance of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Many couples do not correctly use condoms, and this causes the rate of potential pregnancy to rise to twelve percent, so it is critical to use condoms correctly. Condoms are most commonly available for men but there are also different types available for women, both of which are widely available in places like drug stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, and many other locations.

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STDs should not be a problem these days because of all the new methods they have created to help prevent/protect people from STDs, You may be able to take advantage of newer biomedical options such as pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis. Condoms are also effective at preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) transmitted through body fluids, like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. However, they provide less protection against STDs spread through skin-to-skin contact like human papillomavirus, genital herpes, and syphilis. Although highly effective when used consistently and correctly, there is still a chance of getting HIV if you only use condoms, so adding other prevention methods can further reduce your risk. What is very fascinating is that lubricant can also be used to help prevent STDs because water-based and silicon-based lubricants are safe to use with latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants and products containing oil, such as hand lotion, Vaseline, or Crisco should not be used with latex condoms. It is safe to use any kind of lubricant with nitrile female condoms. So it’s clearly proven that people should seek some help because all the equipments are out the we just need to take that big step and seek the help.

Categories: HIV, Sexual Health
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Twenty days ago something very important happened in Bulgaria. The new law for pre-school and school education was accepted by the Ministry of Educaion. That’s a very close-to-my-heart theme and the cause I’m fighting for.

The new law proposes that schools may have sexual and reproductive health classes in schools, but it does not mandate that they be obligatory and leaves the decision to individual school principals who may decide for themselves to include this in their school program.

This change in legislation prompted a training and round table hosted by S.M.A.R.T. Foundation (a Bulgarian foundation working with young people) that happened last week, in which I took part in.

The training was on the topics of the Sustainable Development Goals and with a focus on Goals 3, 4 and 5 and how can Bulgaria fulfill them. 15 young people gathered for one day and developed a declaration that stated three things: What do we want? Why do we want it? And when? The answer is simple – We want health education in schools, because we care for the next generations and their access to information. We want it now; not tomorrow, not in 5 years!

The trainers had the task to make these 15 peers from different organizations act like one, united in one cause and stand by it. They had to prepare us for the roundtable with the representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, representatives from different NGOs, experts and psychologists.

At the roundtable we were supposed to present our declaration, defend our ideas and wishes and get the support from all those in attendance. The event went pretty well, because all the representatives liked our idea and they were very passionate about the issue. They have already realized the importance of the problem and when they got to the meeting, already had suggestions of ways to help us. That was very impressive.

But what is a fight without obstacles? The most important institution that had to support our cause, the Ministry of Education, didn’t show. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything without their permission and support. As a mentioned before, the law says that there “might” be SRHR  classes in schools, that means that if the principle initiate it this will happen, but not necessarily. Principles don’t do this because they say their students don’t need that type of classes or that they already know everything from the Biology classes (As a former student in high school, I can confirm that the information we are getting in it is not even half of the important things we should know) or simply, they are waiting for orders from the Regional inspectorate of education, because the inspectorate decides most of the changes that happen in schools.

So, to sum up, the roundtable went very well, because we saw that there are people that support us and that we and our issues matter for them and despite the Ministry of Education we won’t give up chasing our goals. I believe that soon things will start changing and we’ll finally get our SRHR classes in schools. I know there are also other countries with problems like these and with this blog I want to tell them that they are not alone and that they shouldn’t give up, because the day to change all of with will come soon!

Categories: Sex Education