Writes of Passage

Welcome to Writes of Passage, a blog written for adolescents, young adults, and the people who care about them. This blog is dedicated to safe transitions, surviving adolescence, and promoting health and happiness on the path to adulthood.

Gonorrhea

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month (#STDMONTH17).  This year the focus is on syphilis.  Since we wrote a blog about syphilis not too long ago and covered herpes and chlamydia in the past few weeks, this blog will be about a different sexually transmitted disease: Gonorrhea.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the bacteria that causes this sexually transmitted infection. It’s actually a lot like Chlamydia trachomatis (which you are all experts on after memorizing last week’s blog). It can be spread through oral, anal, or vaginal sex and cause infections in the throat, rectum, penis, and vagina.  Read more

Chlamydia

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month (#STDMONTH17). This year the focus is on syphilis. Since we wrote a blog about syphilis not too long ago and covered herpes last week, this blog will be about a different sexually transmitted disease: chlamydia.

What exactly is chlamydia? As the Sex Ed teacher from the Mean Girls movie states, “But if you do touch each other, you will get chlamydia…and die.” Although this is not true, chlamydia infection can affect your future and it is worth knowing more about, especially since the treatment is so simple.   Read more

All About Erections

We’ve had several blogs about female sexual health issues, so here’s a blog dedicated to the dudes.

One of the most common male sexual health concerns I get from adolescent and young adult male patients is about erections. In early puberty, it is common for young males to have spontaneous erections and nocturnal emissions (“wet dreams”). My young teen patients often ask about this.  It’s totally normal and healthy. In order to have an erection, your brain/hormones, circulatory system (veins, arteries, etc), and parasympathetic nervous system have to work together.  As the teens get older, the concerns turn away from the embarrassment of the quantity of spontaneous erections and more towards the quality of erections.

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Preventing Lifelong Impacts of Stress

Stress is a normal and inevitable component of our lives. A little stress can be positive. It helps us prepare for things like a big exam or an upcoming interview. However, teenagers are under increasing amounts of negative stress today with issues such as gun violence at school and cyber bullying on the rise. The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence indicated that 60 percent of children have been exposed to violence either directly or indirectly in the past year.

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