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i'm wondering was gay sex the root cause of std aids?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not the source: The best research indicates that aids started in central African monkeys who were the food for Chimps who then became food for humans in that area. Transmission is by blood to blood contact and the thin lining of the anus during anal sex makes blood to blood contact more likely. So this type of sex was not the cause, but the agent for spread.

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Is it safe to use sleep aids or herbs to help my baby sleep better?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine
Pediatrics 20 years experience
No: Never give your baby anything to try and help them sleep. This is extremely dangerous. Just because something is labeled an herb, or sold in a health food store does not mean that it is safe. It is never advisable under any circumstances to give an infant a sleep aide whether it be by prescription or over the counter.
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Is it normal to have spotting after sex if I am pregnant?

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Dr. Ruth Crystal
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Yes: Any new bleeding in pregnancy should be reported to your doctor/cnm. The cervix is very friable (bleeds easily) in pregnancy. Because of this, many women experience spotting after intercourse. I would not qualify this as normal, but it is very common and most times not worrisome.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is ic a sexually transmitted disease/infection (std/sti)?

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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 28 years experience
No: Interstitial cystitis is an inflammatory condition wherein the bladder is deficient in a 'slime layer' that protects the lining from irritating substances in the urine. Almost like a 'diaper rash' on the inside. It can be managed and treated with dietary changes, oral medications and sometimes infusions of medicine into the bladder.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How does sex affect the male based on vagina sizes and muscle tone?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Circular muscle: The lining of the vagina(epithelium) is surrounded by circular muscle that can contract around objects and a potential space that can expand as well. Expansion projects include childbirth, sex and tampon placement.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you have sex with a girl that has a urinary tract infection and not get it?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yes: Vaginal penetration by the penis will not induce infection simply because your partner has a uti.

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