Monday, February 13, 2012

Sexting: What you need to know!

Thinking of sending your valentine a sexy text? 

A recent study in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality provides some insight into the issue of sexting - a combination of "sex" and "texting" that refers to the sending of sexually related text or images from one mobile phone to another.

While we assume that the sender wants the image to be private, statistics reveal that this is not always respected. 

17% of those who had received a sext reported that they had sent it on to one or more other people (Associated Press / MTV 2009 survey)

25% of teen girls and 33% of teen boys reported that they had seen nude or semi-nude sexts that were intended for someone else (NCPTUP / 2008 survey)

Before hitting "send", here are some things to consider:
  • Most relationships don't last forever. In many cases where nude photos have been shared with others, it was an ex-partner who did the sending!
  • Once your send / post something in cyberspace, you lose control of it forever. There is no way to fully delete it.
  • There can be unexpected consequences if the images are eventually seen by family, friends, people who don't like you, or even future employers.
  • When the image involves someone under 18, sexting may violate Canada's child pornography laws.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Good news. Sex is safe for most heart patients!

A recent report released by the American Heart Association says if you're healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, then you can have a love life. 

The report also says that sex is something that doctors should discuss with all heart patients - yet few do because they're uncomfortable talking about it of they lack information.

Are you a health professional working with older adults or heart patients? We can help you build your comfort level in supporting their sexuality! Check out our upcoming workshop:

Supporting Sexuality with Older Adults
Designed for those working with older adults, you will increase your confidence and comfort talking with clients about sexuality. Receive practical suggestions, tips and resources to start talking about sexual health and advocating for sexual wellbeing with your older adult clients.

When:        Wed, Feb 15, 2012;  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:      Calgary Sexual Health Centre, #304, 301-14 St NE
Fee:           $50.00 per person, including workshop materials

To register:
Contact Valerie Barr at 403.283.5580 ext. 317 or

Please note:  Level 'A' Alberta Social Work Continuing Education Credits are available for attendance at these workshops via a partnership with the Calgary Counselling Centre.  General public are also welcome to attend.