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Should I tell my parents about him?

By Bunmi Sofola

Dear Bunmi,
I am fifteen years old.  I recently  went to a fast-food joint with some of my friends and ran into a neighbor who paid for the things we bought.

When he was leaving, he told me that anytime I felt like coming for a treat again, I should let him know and he would bring me. Should I tell my parents about him? He is married with children.
By E-mail

Dear Remi,
There is no need to tell  your parents anything. You are growing up and you will soon be dealing wiith creeps like this man. When next he asks you out, simply tell him that you have told your parents and they forbade you to go out with any married man. You only tell your parents if he persists with this foolishness.

Can unprotected sex cause AIDS?

Dear Bunmi,
I went to this party with a couple of friends and we were actually drunk.

I had unprotected sex with one of the guests and I have been frightened since then. I have been having protective sex. Could I be caught in the AIDS web just this once?
By E-mail

Dear Felicia,
As you must have found out through all the campaigns, AIDS is caused by the  HIV virus. Most people need to be exposed repeatedly before becoming infected. However, in theory, anyone who has had unprotected sex could have contracted it. The only way to find out if you have the HIV virus is to have a blood test and you have to wait for a while to get the results.

It is more likely you could have contracted other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis or Chlamydia. Why don’t you go see a doctor for a proper test and be at rest?

Can sex be responsible?

Dear Bunmi,
For a long time now, I have noticed that whenever I have sex, it seems my testicles rise into my body. I am in my early thirties, have a healthy sex life and just want to find out if this observation is the norm, and if so, why?
By E-mail

Dear Demola,
Doctors have assured me your observation is quite real, and it may occur for one primary reason: your balls want to stay out of the way during sex. You see, the human body knows that the testicles are much too important to risk being crushed between you and your partner. And so, when you are aroused, the cre-master muscles which extend from the abdomen to your scrotal area, contract and pull the little  balls back into the big body.

This not only protects them, explained the doctors, but it also helps propel sperm from your testicles to the penis. This same reflex happens whenever you feel excited, afraid or cold, in short, whenever your testicles may be in some danger. Your body is obviously quite fond of and protective of the testicles.


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