We have all seen an advertisement for some ointment to treat cold sores, those annoying sores that appear, for example, when we had a very high fever due to an infection. Yet when we start hearing that the herpes virus is a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

¿Alguna vez te has preguntado por qué precisamente en junio es el mes del orgullo y se celebra formar parte de la diversidad sexual? Aquí te lo contamos. Cada vez con más naturalidad, las grandes marcas se pintan con los colores del arcoíris justo al empezar

People with disabilities are becoming more and more visible. In many countries, the entire urban space must take into account people who have difficulties walking or seeing, for example. However, there is a disability that "is not seen", which places the people who experience it in

Few surgical interventions have as much social significance as circumcision. The removal of the foreskin, that thin skin that covers the glans, has had various cultural and religious implications throughout history. But it was at the beginning of the 21st century that it took on an

The skin of the scrotum (the bag that contains the testicles) is different from that of the rest of the body. It is almost never exposed to the sun, it is kept in a humid environment, it is thinner than other areas, and it is

When we talk about sex, everything tends to revolve around the penis. If there is an erect penis, then there penetration, and if there is a penetration, then there we count with intercourse, most people seems to think. There are even some beliefs that if

Women know they should have a Pap test to prevent cervical cancer, but have you ever heard of the anal Pap test? It is a very similar test that, as its name implies, is performed in the anus. But it doesn't hurt to remember what the

An intense and irrational fear of objects, situations or people is called a phobia. Is it possible for people who do not follow the established canons about a man or a woman "should be" generating this type of reaction?

A very serious question that many people may have asked themselves, at least once in their lives, is whether something that enters their body, either through the vagina or the anus, can be "lost" inside the body. For some this idea could cause laughter, but the

It does not matter whether it is a man or a woman, the anus is an organ that works the same way for all people. Or at least it should be, and thus explorations of sexual pleasure have led many, regardless of their sexual orientation,

Stereotypes about what is expected of a woman are still deeply rooted in the Latin American region. They do not only dictate how they should behave, but also who they should associate with or love (i.e., men). But romantic love between women is a reality,

According to the Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy, the main definition of “consent” is “to allow something or condescend to do it”. In recent years, with the expansion of the feminist movement and campaigns like #MeToo, sexual consent has been put at the center

In a simple way, we could divide people into two groups: those who exercise and those who hate it. The very idea of ​​running, swimming or lifting weights seems like a nightmare to them and they prefer avoiding it at all costs. If this is

Any excess is harmful, and this also includes the amount of information. Since the internet is accessible to many more people, it is easy to get lost in the immensity of data on any subject

How do you see yourself at 50 years old? Perhaps with a good professional position, or traveling around the world, or seeing your children leaving for college. You can count with many dreams and plans, but surely one of them is not to be diagnosed

Desde hace cuatro décadas, cuando el sida y el VIH aparecieron en el panorama mundial, nos vimos en la necesidad de hablar más claramente sobre la sexualidad, no sólo dentro del matrimonio, como se pensaba que debía ser, sino fuera o antes de éste, o

Hoy en día, dos o tres íconos son suficientes para proponer un acto sexual, pero en el repertorio nos hace falta un protagonista: el emoji de condón. ¿A cuántas potenciales parejas has conocido por Internet? Ya sea a través de aplicaciones de citas o simplemente interactuando

Todavía persiste la idea de que si alguien “se ve sano” o “se porta bien”, entonces podemos bajar la guardia frente a las infecciones de transmisión sexual (ITS), pero nada está más lejos de la realidad. La salud sexual no tiene que ver con la moral

Sabemos bien que nuestro mejor aliado para prevenir infecciones de transmisión sexual como el VIH es el condón, pero a veces nos olvidamos de que éste no viene solo. Su pareja ideal es (como toda buena pareja) una que potencia sus bondades y lo ayuda

One of the things the current pandemic has taught us is to address the fears of getting tested. If someone starts out with a fever, cough, and sore throat, they may very well suspect they have COVID, but they may also be afraid to confirm

We know well that the only way not to expose ourselves to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is through the correct use of a condom. Of course, abstinence is more effective, but if you had opted for that method you probably would not be reading

HIV infection is a health condition which is surrounded by judgement and prejudice. For too many years it has been thought that whoever has the virus, contracted it because they were doing “something wrong” or through “reprehensible” behaviors, such as drug use, multiple sexual partners

Although the message that all people are different and that this enriches the world has been tried to be highlighted many times, there are certain “differences” that are not well seen in societies. Therefore, among several sexually diverse groups, there are some who are especially

One of the old excuses to not have sex is having a headache. However, science has been able to deny this and if you try to use this again, your partner may have already found out  that sexual activity can alleviate these discomforts, even those

Many have heard of it, but few really know it. The female condom is a very valuable tool for protection against sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, and it also prevents unintended pregnancies, but its use has not been as promoted as that of its male

Loving relationships are built on trust. It is true that love is the fundamental element, but it is that same feeling that makes us blindly trust our partner. When one falls in love, everything is so intense that it can lead us to surrender everything

The goals of sexual intercourse can be varied. The main one is the search for pleasure, but it is also used to improve emotional ties or simply seek well-being that counteracts stress. But perhaps some will say that the main and ultimate goal is to orgasm.

Women are stepping stronger in all areas. Little by little, we have been convinced of our value and now we have more confidence to make ourselves heard, especially when it comes to defending our rights. And what right is more valuable than the right to

What do you look for when you meet someone for the first time that you are attracted to? The classic answer will be the eyes. Some women might say the hands, and the most daring (regardless of gender) will perhaps say that a certain rear

We live in a time in which it’s become increasingly harder to deny someone their rights. Instant communication and the knowledge that has spread on human rights have facilitated the acknowledgement that all people have rights that must be respected, no matter the context. Sexuality,

A year ago, I started high school. Everything was new: the facilities, the professors and my classmates as well, but the most exciting thing was that feeling that we were big now.  Soon, however, a problem came up which taught us that we were not as

It’s very easy to judge from the outside when someone else has had unprotected sex, placing themselves at risk of undesired consequences. Age doesn’t matter, neither does the reason why there was no use of a condom, the point is that it happened and that

Social networks and the media recently reported the news that the Oscar nominated Juno film star, who has also appeared on other big screen hits such as Inception and X-Men, has declared themselves as transgender. Causing confusion in some, upset in others (because of the

The discovery of HIV put the condom right in the center of the map. The epidemic, identified in 1981, forced the world to talk about what had been avoided for so long: intercourse. Once it was recognized that human sexuality existed and, that it manifested

The elderly population will be among the first to slowly go back to normal, thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine (in the countries where it’s available). Among the first changes in their routine, socializing once again will surely be one of them, now with less risk

If we talk about sexually transmitted infections, the ones caused by viruses are the ones that sound the most concerning. HIV, human papilloma virus or syphilis, are the worst names that nobody would like to see in their test results. However, these are not the

My friends always make fun of me because they say I’m like an old man in the body of a boy. They think I exaggerate because I’m always lecturing them to be responsible and take care of their sex lives. But I’m not just saying

It’s the only contraceptive that prevents transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. One of the birth control methods that is made known at a very early age to prevent a pregnancy, is the male condom. Although there’s also the female condom, the most common is

For most people in the world, Christmas celebrations will be very different this year. The COVID-19 pandemic keeps us far from the people that we love, and the most sensible thing in these circumstances is that we all, stay home. This means that we will also

All around the world, the most common way of HIV transmission is sexual. More specifically, unprotected sex, this is to say, sex in which no barrier is used (such as the male or female condom).  However, not all sexual practices implicate the same level of risk

The beginning of a new year is a time in which many people find it ideal to set a series of resolutions. Lose weight, exercise more or save up are usually the most common ones, and if indeed many are forgotten after a few weeks,

Recently, a series arrived to streaming services based on the successful saga from Caleb Carr, which was first published in the early 90’s. The story is based on actual events and it was critically acclaimed, it’s also been subject to scrutiny, since it deals with

My name is Andrea and I’m very excited about my pregnancy. My husband and I have been married for three years now, so we thought it was the perfect time to start our family. Fortunately, everything turned out just as we planned: when I my

The time has come when love seems to float in the air. After almost a year of confinement, you can feel a special need to go back to feeling normalcy and, in this context, Valentine’s Day takes on a different meaning.  But an instrument that clearly

When you know that you will be having sex, the preparation ritual is also sexy. You get your clothes ready, choose a special perfume, perhaps you will remove body hair from where you don’t want there to be any and you head on to your

Many times, we hear that as adults, we must never stop playing. This is valid for many areas of life (rounds of poker, soccer teams, videogames) and sexuality is no exception.  Taboo towards sex toys has been disappearing. Indeed, many of these are enjoyed in solitary,

Sex: three letters that make our heart race and let our imaginations soar. In reality, what we imagine when we hear those letters is actually called “sexual relations”, but it’s longer and the law of minimum effort dictates that we stick with the shorter word.  What

It’s been almost 40 years since HIV made its first appearance in the media. At that time, it was a report on what was thought to be a type of cancer that was affecting homosexual men in the cities of San Francisco and New York,

Genital hygiene, both male and female, lives today among medical recommendations and marketing. However, keeping our intimate parts clean and healthy is simpler and required less paraphernalia than you might think.  The recommendation Both for men and women, the recommendation is to clean the genitals every day,

When it comes to avoiding infections during sexual intercourse, all types of protection are welcome. However, the female condom is a device that has great advantages and has remained in the background compared to its male counterpart.  It’s been almost 30 years now that the female

Rheumatic diseases are a set of disorders that mainly affect the bones, tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles; that is, the bone and muscle system, responsible for the mobility of the body. For people living with HIV, rheumatic diseases present themselves in a specific way, either caused

Secrets are a heavy burden for those who carry them. Knowing something important and at the same time forbidden can consume our tranquility and peace of mind. A positive HIV diagnosis could be one of those heavy secrets. When you receive your test result and learn

Even though four decades have passed since HIV was discovered, it is still necessary to remember that this virus and the syndrome called AIDS are not the same thing. And do you know what that difference consists of? The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the infectious

For reasons that are still not entirely clear, people with HIV have higher rates of cancer than those without the virus. Several studies have found that those living with HIV, even with the infection controlled thanks to antiretroviral treatment, are more likely to develop cancers

Just like other chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure, an HIV diagnosis changes the way you may consider life. Knowing that from now you will live with a new condition, with lifelong treatment, it is something difficult to assimilate. The news that you

If we look at any OTC drug packaging, we may see a section called "Drug Interactions." This is nothing more than the reaction that can occur when taking two or more medications at the same time, and it can have important consequences. In the case of

Once you have received an HIV diagnosis, it is ideal to begin medical care as soon as possible. This will allow the infection to be controlled as soon as possible and thus prevent your immune system, and your health in general, from being significantly affected

Thanks to antiretroviral treatments, today people with HIV have the opportunity to decide whether or not they want to have children, since, if they want to start a family, the right treatment will help the baby to be born free of the virus.

“Si me diagnosticaron VIH, ¿cuánto tiempo puedo esperar para empezar mi tratamiento?”, es una de las preguntas más frecuentes que hacen las personas que reciben esta noticia. La respuesta corta es: nada. No deberías esperar nada. Actualmente, el estándar a seguir es la regla “test &

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has given some regions a break, many people are returning to travel more calmly. Whether for vacation or for work reasons, international travel is registering more movement. If you, as a person living with HIV, are going to do such activity,

If antiretroviral drugs are not taken in the amount and for the length of time prescribed, it is very likely that HIV will find an opportunity to replicate and continue to damage the immune system.

Medical science has developed hundreds of tests to measure, evaluate and detect all kinds of things, but there is no laboratory test for pain. Although the mechanisms by which it occurs are known, quantifying it depends entirely on the perception of the sufferer. Although it doesn’t

Si eres mujer y vives con el VIH, probablemente te preocupe tu menstruación. Recordemos que la sangre es uno de los fluidos corporales donde más concentración de virus existe, por lo que se podría suponer que la sangre menstrual representaría un riesgo para las personas

La salud bucal suele ser poco valorada, hasta que se pierde. No pensamos mucho en nuestras muelas sino hasta el momento en el que un dolor intenso nos tiene la noche entera sin dormir, pensando que no podremos resistir el tiempo que falta para poder

The social pressure on weight is strong, especially now that people have much more exposure to the world through social media. It seems that we are all constantly trying to lose weight to look better in photographs or to wear fashionable clothes, but there is

The population of trans women is one of the most affected by the HIV epidemic. According to data from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), trans women are 13 times more likely to be infected than adults in the general population. In the Latin

Mientras que algunas personas deciden mantener a sus mascotas siempre a su lado, como durmiendo juntos o pasando las tardes en el sofá de la sala, otras tantas piensan que los animales no deberían convivir tan cercanamente, más aún con personas que tienen enfermedades que

Cuando se detecta el VIH por primera vez, por lo regular se envía a la persona a hacerse pruebas de otras infecciones de transmisión sexual (ITS) para poder prescribirle los tratamientos adecuados y controlar el estado de salud de manera más completa. Si vives con VIH

It is well known that being overweight is the gateway to many health complications. In the case of people with HIV, some of these problems, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, become more frequent. It is not uncommon for people with HIV to gain weight during

La disfunción eréctil (DE) es la incapacidad para alcanzar o mantener una erección. Este problema de salud sexual puede deberse a distintos factores, como la edad, algunas enfermedades y el uso de ciertos medicamentos.  Si tú eres un hombre que vive con VIH, debes saber que

HIV is a virus which attacks the body’s defense system, therefore, one of the most serious consequences that it can have is to expose us to infections that wouldn’t happen if the immune system was working correctly. The most serious stage of the HIV infection is

Currently, living with HIV has become a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or hypertension, but it’s still important to know the experience of those who have gone through the diagnosis and adaptation process in order to make things easier for people who are starting

Antiretroviral treatment, which allows for HIV to be controlled, has been researched for decades to find the best strategy for people with the infection to live longer and better. Today we know that it is best to start treatment as soon as a person is diagnosed,

Receiving an HIV diagnosis can have a great impact on the person since it implies starting to live with a chronic condition. Just like people with diabetes or hypertension, a person with HIV must take medication every day, during their entire lifetime, in order to

There are people who get very nervous when going to medical consultations. Not only because of the news you may receive regarding your health, but also because of what the specialist behind the desk, with his white coat and academic titles hanging on the wall,

Many times, women who are living with HIV and are the head of the family think of everything before talking about their diagnosis with their daughters or sons who do not have the virus. However, a recent study found that those women who were open

HIV remains a health condition that can carry a heavy burden of stigma. The fear of facing the consequences of these prejudices leads many people who learn that they are living with HIV to keep it a secret, as well as to isolate themselves more

Most frequent symptoms of body fat alterations are:  Loss of body fat: most visible on the face, but also legs, arms and buttocks. Fat accumulation: this happens in the abdomen, chest (in men and women), shoulders and neck (where a sort of hump may develop). There can

Some studies have shown that depression, anxiety and loneliness may be related to a worsening mental health, poor quality of living and even a worse cognitive performance in people who live with HIV. This is why mental health is an aspect that must not be

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the degree to which the behavior of a sick person coincides with the indications for treatment provided by medical personnel is known as adherence to treatment.  It seems like a simple concept, but in practice it’s difficult to achieve

Facing an HIV diagnosis means becoming aware that many things in everyday life will change from that very moment. Processing all these changes takes time, and it’s important to try to manage one thing at a time.  And one of these aspects that are necessarily affected

Since its appearance over a year ago, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, has raised a great number of mysteries which scientific teams from all over the world have dedicated to unravel. Among the questions, one immediately arose regarding how the new disease could affect

Receiving an HIV diagnosis is definitely a life changing moment. Even when the infection caused by this virus is perfectly controllable with medications, knowing the news that you have a chronic disease is always shocking and many times, you need a few days in order

I was very nervous when I went to get my HIV test. In my opinion, I had not had a very active sex life, but I was aware that I had not used a condom many times, whether it be because of haste, not losing

When they told me I had HIV, I went into a crisis. I thought my life was over, but not because I was going to die, since I had several friends who had the virus and were very stable with their treatment. What hurt was

Getting a diagnosis for any disease is not easy, especially when it’s about one which has no cure and requires that you take medication for the rest of your life. HIV is no different than any other disease, the only advantage, perhaps, is that treatment

The first 15 years of the HIV epidemic were a nightmare. The discovery of a rare disease took, perhaps too long to raise the alarms. In the beginning, it was believed that only certain groups of the population (gay men, people who used injectable drugs

Common alterations It’s known that women with HIV may experience some problems such as irregular periods, heavy or lighter bleeding than they used to have, lack of menstrual periods, no menstruation for over 90 days or more severe premenstrual syndrome. It’s also been observed that these

Thanks to the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment, it has been observed that the lifespan of people with HIV is practically equal to that of people who do not have the virus. Nevertheless, it’s also true that living with the infection does imply differences in lifestyles,

Consuming alcohol, as well as other substances which alter consciousness, has been linked with HIV in different ways. The first crossing point arises with the potential increase in risk of acquiring HIV after ingesting alcohol. Perhaps this is why Mexico’s Department of Health, through the

A proper nutrition sets the foundation for better health. In the case of people with HIV, of course this is also true. Once a person has been diagnosed with this infection, it’s important that they keep a high energy and protein diet in order to

If you love literature and are looking to know a little more about HIV/AIDS that’s not just medical information, but also real stories which narrate the impacts the virus has had in people’s lives and society in the most intimate way, we have some books