The Medical Institute for Sexual Health

Happy National HIV Testing Day


Happy National HIV Testing Day! Do you know your HIV status? If you have had sex (oral, anal, or vaginal) outside of a lifelong mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner, you need to get tested.  Even if you always … Read the rest

Withdrawal/Pulling Out: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor!

Coitus Interruptus, better known as pulling out or withdrawal, is when the man withdraws his penis from the woman’s vagina right before he ejaculates in order to prevent pregnancy.  Initially, this may seem like a great form of birth control.  … Read the rest

Happily Ever After?

Sweet, passionate, and exciting are all adjectives that you may describe first love, which is often during teenage years.  First love is consuming; the thrill of a first date or kiss can leave you easily lost in thoughts about your … Read the rest

STD, STI, STI, STD…What’s the difference?

When we hear discussions about sexual health, the terms STI and STD are thrown around a lot. Well using acronyms does wonders for convenience, but falls short on explaining the significance of these words. STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection. … Read the rest

Attention all parents…

45% of kids look to YOU to be their role model for sexual health. You have more power over their sexual decisions than friends or celebrities. USE IT. Talk to your teens about the consequences of sex.… Read the rest

Living With HIV Is Not Easy

Living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) isn’t the death sentence it used to be due to advances in medicine. However, it is definitely not an enjoyable way to live.

Eight years ago, someone close to me was diagnosed with HIV. … Read the rest

Abusive Relationships

Everybody knows how exciting it is when a new relationship is budding. You see the person in the hallways and you feel  those little pesky butterflies in your stomach. Ah. Young love. There’s nothing like it. It’s even exciting to … Read the rest

What’s the Risk??

Now – everybody likes a little risk now and then. When we were younger we may have tried to see just how high we might be able to go on that swing set. Don’t lie to yourself! You did. Remember … Read the rest