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Re: Killing the stigma around Herpes
So I had to have the conversation about my genital Herpes with my new partner on the weekend (because I had another outbreak) and he was just like 'oh yeah, everyone has herpes, no big deal'. FINALLY! So good to have a positive response instead of a negative one
Re: Open Relationships
Thanks for your insights
Firstly, Tropical Fruits was amazing! Such an fun and open atmosphere with so many awesome people - I made a bunch of new friends and had the time of my life!
As for my boyfriend and I, we eventually had a chat and cleared the air. Which I'm glad we did, because he had no interest in being open or having sex with other people. We're both very flirty people so we set a pretty clear line of what we were okay with in terms of interacting with other people, but with the overall understanding we are still for all intents and purposes, monogamous and very committed to each other. We have a lot of trust in each other so that helped us enjoy our time without worrying about being jealous or anything. It felt a little awkward to bring up, but the confidence you gain from having those discussions is 100% worth it.
Re: HIV Risk - please help
, I think Nurse Nettie answered some of your questions
She is right, your test result would be accurate, and from what you've described there doesn't seem to be any risk of HIV transmission at all. You might be experiencing symptoms like vaginal thrush, but that can occur as a condition in and of itself, completely unrelated to HIV.
A boyfriend, my dream job, a couple grand to spend on a new wardrobe.
A girl can dream hahaha.
the beach is a great idea! I feel like I've only seen Bondi and Manly so it would be good to explore a few others around Sydney!
I just got my L's yesterday so I'm making it my mission too!
Re: Changes to pap smears
you should go to the doctor for the new cervical screening test whenever you would have been due for a pap. In other words, you should go for the new test within two years of your last pap smear. Once you've had the new test (which is more accurate) you don't need to do it again for five years.
Anyone with a cervix (cis women, trans men or non-binary) aged between 25 to 74 years old who has ever had vaginal sex with another person, no matter their gender, should get the cervical screening test every five years. People who have never had vaginal sex at all don't need cervical screening unless there are symptoms like abnormal bleeding or pain.
You can find more info about the new guidelines
Re: Mental Health and Sexy Times
Just wanted to give an update. I've recently started back on anti-depressants again and they have helped immensely. I was super worried that my sex drive would be non-existent if I went back on medication since that's a common side effect but I got lucky this time and I've actually experienced the opposite. I mean depression kind of lowers your sex drive anyway. Keeping up with a good self-care routine has helped so SO much with my sex drive and overall mental well being. I'm so excited to get back into 'it'.
Re: Period Pain
How interesting you've both experienced it too!
Masturbating is a definite go-to strategy for me too!
Re: Bullet Journals
Oh my goodness!!!
i love these a lot, do you find that working with dotted paper helps the setup process? I'm looking to switch to dots because I spend so much time setting up my lines haha
Here are a few of my past spreads! I hope we can all inspire each other to be more amazing than we already are
Re: STI and HIV info
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