Posts filed under: advice and guidance

Living without the knowledge you have HIV

This week marks HIV Testing Week across the UK, and Brigette Bard, Founder of Last Taboo and CEO of BioSure UK, looks at why this week is so important in raising awareness of HIV and encouraging people to test… Thirty […]

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Pornography and young gay men

Eleanor Briggs, assistant director of policy and campaigns at the National AIDS Trust looks at the role of pornography for young gay men. We‘re all familiar with the discussion around pornography and its impact on young people. But one storyline’s […]

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The bush is back: but what do you need to know about keeping your pubic hair healthy?

Why do we have pubic hair and what is its purpose? Boys and girls develop pubic hair as they start to produce hormones during puberty and it’s a sign of sexual maturity. There are a number of reasons that the […]

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Charlie Sheen announcement should remind us HIV is three letters NOT a sentence

After days of media speculation which in some cases, used really poor language and at times felt like a witch hunt, actor Charlie Sheen has revealed his HIV positive status. I’m keen not to get caught up in the media […]

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The morning after the night before: what to do after having sex without a condom

By Sarah Wild, healthcare journalist and editor It’s better to be safe than sorry. But if you weren’t safe, it’s time to get practical (plenty of time to feel sorry about things later). If you’ve had sex without a condom […]

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Five risk factors to negotiate on a night (out) out

“At Charing Cross station, a 30-year-old woman is lying on the floor of the men’s toilets after a Christmas party. She cannot get up and has soiled herself. She spends the night at St Thomas’ hospital.” This unedifying report is […]

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Keeping things hot, hot, hot this autumn

As the temperatures begin to go down and the festive season gets ever-nearer, who doesn’t love a Saturday night out, drinking mulled wine whilst heating their fingers on the open fire at a local bar. Or snuggled up on the […]

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Prevention: types of contraception and protection and where to access them

In the UK, doctors report that, incredibly, they are still seeing people who believe in contraceptive practices such as ‘doing it standing up’ or ‘trying to pull out before he comes’. There is also a dangerous trend of young girls […]

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Risky sex, oral infections and infertility: Your STI questions answered

Last Taboo’s Brigette Bard, takes your questions on sexually transmitted infections (and puts some myths to rest in the process).  1. Can I get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from oral sex? Yes and it’s pretty common – especially for […]

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Your most embarrassing sexual health questions… answered

In her first column as the Daily Star’s sexual health expert, Brigette Bard, CEO of BioSure UK and founder of Last Taboo, smashes myths and answers the questions you thought you’d be too embarrassed to ever ask… 1. Does shaving/waxing pubic […]

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