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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s our Love and Sex issue. Last year, our writers wrote all about sex and not much about love at all. They delved into the culture around casual sex, lube-tasting, kinks and more. But this cuffing season, the Trinitonian has lots to say about love. If you’re curious about all things love-related, turn to page eight to read more. In addition to our regular staff writers...

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Illustration by Genevieve Humphreys Did you know there are close to 20 methods of birth control? How do you choose the best method? With all of the options out there, it is up to you and your partner to decide what is most important: pregnancy prevention, ease of use, addressing menstrual issues, STD prevention, less/no hormones or level of assistance required or desired from a healthcare provider. Keep in mind, these methods are primarily for...

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Q: When do I need an HPV vaccine? A: Human papillomavirus is a common viral infection that most often occurs via skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity. Many infected people never have any symptoms, and the virus often clears from the system on its own. In others, HPV will cause symptoms including genital warts or precancerous lesions in the genital area that may lead to cancer. All of the available vaccines protect uninfected people against types...

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Q: How can I stay safe in college hookup culture? A: According to sociologist Lisa Wade, “In colleges, ‘hookup culture’ refers to the idea that casual sexual encounters are the best or only way to engage sexually; and the concept also refers to rules of social interaction that facilitate casual sexual encounters and organizational arrangements that support these encounters.” According to Wade’s research, about a quarter of students thrive in this culture, at least at first,...

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Q: Can oral sex transmit STIs? Should I use condoms for oral sex? A: When the mouth and tongue are healthy and without cuts or sores, the chance of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) through oral sex is uncommon, though possible. Trauma in the mouth presents a ready passage-way for viruses or bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Unless you’re 100 percent sure that your partner’s sexual history is clear, it’s a good idea to...