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Saskatoon promotes safe sex through free condoms in bars

Public health officials in Saskatoon have teamed up with the Avenue Community Centre and the city’s sexual health clinic to promote safe sex by providing free condoms in bars. Available in the washroom areas of 5 bars, like the 302 Lounge, the condoms come packaged with information on free HIV testing. The goal is to bring down the city’s rate of infection, currently one of the highest in Canada.

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Hookups and depression?

A new study in The Journal of Sex Research found higher levels of general anxiety, social anxiety, and depression in those of the 3,900 heterosexual college students across the US who had recently had casual sex. “Casual” in this case was defined as sex with a partner known less than one week.

Dr. Melina M. Bersamin of California State University, who led the study, says the results "suggest that among heterosexual college students, casual sex was negatively associated with well-being and positively associated with psychological distress."

Poppers pulled from Calgary shelves

Health Canada has issued a warning for 8 products pulled from sex shop shelves in Calgary, including Z-Best, Jungle Juice, Colt Fuel, Fetish, Premium Iron Horse, and Blue Boy. The products, labeled as leather cleaners and liquid incense, contain alkyl nitrites that users inhale to get high and heighten arousal. The substance is a classified drug under the Food and Drug Act and is dangerous to people with heart conditions, glaucoma, or recent head trauma, as well as those taking medication for high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, or migraines.

University students happy with sex lives

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According to a survey conducted by Trojan and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada, university students in Canada are happy with their sex lives, women (80%) more so than men (67%). This could be because, as SIECCAN research coordinator Alex McKay tells CBC, "men and women, particularly young men and women, use different criteria to assess their happiness with their sex life."

NS won’t fund sexual reassignment surgery

Nova Scotia’s health minister has decided not to find sexual reassignment surgery, a surgery funded in most Canadian provinces. Chair of Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, Kevin Kindred, who estimates that between 6 and 8 Nova Scotians a year will need the surgery, calls the decision discriminatory.

“Some people travel to other provinces and countries and pay out of pocket for treatment. Many others go without the medical care they need even when such services are deemed medically necessary by a care team of doctors, social workers, and psychiatrists,” NSRAP says on its website.

Study links menopause to male sex drives

A new study carried out by researchers from McMaster University in Ontario has suggested a new theory for the fact that humans have not evolved away from menopause. The computer modelling study, which introduced mutations that separately affected fertility and mortality into a fixed population, showed that in scenarios where males preferred to mate with younger females, the mutations which reduce female fertility with age accumulated in the population.

Sex workers march ahead of Supreme Court hearing

Sex workers and supporters rallied in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Ottawa on Saturday in preparation for the Supreme Court hearing this Thurday that will determine whether current prostitution laws violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Among the two dozen people at Vancouver’s rally was Katrina Pacey of Pivot Legal Society, an intervenor in the case.

Risky sex drugs pulled from Calgary shelves

Two sexual stimulants which Health Canada says poses a serious health risk, “ExtenZe Plus” and “ExtenZe Maximum Strength”, have been pulled from the shelves of a Calgary sex shop. Both products contain ingredients which require a prescription in Canada and which can increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers like prostate cancer: pregnenolone and dehydroepiandrosterone. They also contain yohimbine, also a prescription drug which Health Canada says is associated with anxiety, high blood pressure, and increased heart rate.

BDSM is good for the soul

Despite the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders listing it as a paraphilia (keep in mind that this is the oh-so-reliable publication that considered homosexuality as a disorder until the 70s), a recent study shows that people involved in BDSM scored better on various personality and psychological tests than vanilla folks. The study of 1336 people published by The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that those participants who identified as BDSM practitioners we not psychologically damaged or disordered, as is widely believed.

US Teen expelled from school for same-sex relationship

Kaitlyn Hunt, 18-year-old Florida high school student, is facing charges of "lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 16" and was expelled from school after the parents of her 15-year-old girlfriend pressed charges.

"...They were out to destroy my daughter. [They] feel like my daughter 'made' their daughter gay," said Hunt’s mother in a statement on Facebook.