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How do I get rid of crabs?

I’m a 20-year-old questioning my sexual orientation. I recently had sex with a guy and got crabs. I bought Kewllada, washed myself as instructed and followed up with a fine tooth comb. I soaked my clothes, sheets and quilts in hot water and dried them. I also scrubbed my room. Three days later, I washed with the lice cream again, and repeated that again four days later. Now I have crabs again even though I have not been sexually active. I’ve washed everything four times and I can’t get rid of them! Please help!

I found HIV meds in my partner’s house. How do I talk to him about HIV?

I’ve been dating a young man for three months. We’ve had sex with a condom, and we perform oral sex on each other. Recently, I found prescriptions for drugs relating to HIV (Epivir, Norvir, Fortovase). My last HIV test a few months ago came back negative...but should I be concerned about contracting AIDS from my partner, and how do I approach him with this? Also, what are the necessary steps to find out whether I have been exposed?

What STDs should women who have sex with women worry about?

I was wondering what kind of sexual diseases women can give to each other?

How good is the Pill at preventing pregnancy?

My girlfriend is on the Pill and we use condoms...but the last time we had sex, the condom came off. It was 13 days before she expects her period. Is it possible for her to get pregnant because the condom slipped off? Should we get the “morning after” pill?

We want to have sex for the first time, but it hurts! What’s the problem?

My boyfriend and I are both virgins...but we tried to have sex for the first time a couple nights ago. When he started to enter me, I felt a sharp pain. He could put the full length of his fingers in me comfortably, but his penis caused me pain. So we ended up not doing anything. Do you have any advice?

Can birth control pills make orgasms more difficult to achieve?

I'm 16 and I’ve been on birth control for a long time. I recently started taking a certain brand, and all of a sudden my ability to orgasm went away...but I had been able to masturbate to orgasm before with no problems. So I decided to switch pills again to see if that would fix the problem...but nothing’s changed, even though I’ve been on it for almost a whole pack. Are birth control pills ruining my orgasms? Will I ever get my orgasms back?

Is it normal to bleed after sex...the first time?

I bled excessively after having sexual intercourse for the first time...is this normal?

Is there sperm in pre-cum?

Is there sperm in pre-cum? Can it cause pregnancy? What about STDs?

I’ve been having unprotected sex, but my partner pulls out before he comes...could I still get pregnant?

I'm 32 and I should have known better. I recently started dating a guy, and we ended up having sex without a condom. My period comes every 29 days and last for about five days of blood and another seven days of on-and-off brown discharge. We had sex nine days after my period started and he pulled out of me before he came. Six days later, we had sex again...this time with a condom, but he first was inside me without a condom. But when he came, he had the condom on. We had sex three more times that night...all without a condom, but every time he pulled out. What do you think are my chance of getting pregnant? I haven't been on birth control in two years.

Can I get pregnant if I have unprotected sex during my period?

I’m a 16-year-old girl, and I just had sex for the first time...and we didn't have a condom. He pulled out early...and I started to get my period that night. Is there a chance that I could get pregnant?