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Naming modern SexEd. Does the name matter?

What's in a name?I regularly run into the problem of giving a concise but comprehensive name to the work I try to do about sexual health and wellbeing (see I just tried to summerise it in 4 words) but every term I use seems to fall short of fully explaining the field. Every worker in this field of knowledge of biological, sociological, emotional, technological and probably some more -icals related to reproduction has their own personal favourites. My favourite is Sex and Relationship Education. Short and simple but not necessarily very complete in covering all I work on when I have lessons covering individual self esteem, sexting and the distortions of pornography. Most names in the field have a history and reason for their particular emphasis. For example my favourite name for my work emphasis a core approach that I will only talk about sex as part of a larger curriculm which includes discussion on healthy relationships. I fully believe this is a key learning point for young peop…

New Preventative HIV drug approved in USA

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18030057

I was interested to read this story on the BBC website. The idea of
preventing HIV with drugs is something some HIV researchers have been
looking at for years with the holy grail; of an effective HIV vaccine.
Some may see this as a step in the right direction but it is lacking
some key things to make it have the global impact we need. Firstly it
is not cheep this will not be an option for the thousands of people
living lives of risk across the world who do not have the income to
afford this drug. Secondly the regime needed to be effective is 100%
adherance (an impossible standard) and thirdly I think any method of
preventing HIV needs to be instigated world wide to all at risk people
at the same time. This drug will not produce herd immunity. It will not
protect the most vulnerable. I also think it will increase
misunderstanding about HIV. All in all im not a fan