February 20, 2010

February 20, 2010
National Condom Week

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. For me it is going to be a very low key and restful one.

As I told you recently, the doctors have put me on a ton of antibiotics because of an infection which have really taken the wind out of my sails. Between my stomach being upset and feeling tired all the time, I am spending most of the weekend in bed before I go for my surgery consultation on Monday.

I slept in until very early afternoon. Then I got up to take the dogs for a walk since when I woke up they were staring at me with their legs crossed. So after I put on some clothes, we went for a nice long walk around the neighborhood.

I spent most of the day watching coverage from the Olympics in Vancouver. Some of the coverage was showing the different locations and points of interest around the city. I must admit it looks gorgeous even though it is obviously very cold there this time of year. And we all know how I hate snow and cold weather. But the city looked like a great place to maybe visit during the summer one day. I have been to Montreal and Quebec but never to Vancouver.

Now I had forgotten to mention this last weekend but it is National Condom Week!

February 14 through 21 is National Condom Week, an annual celebration honoring the importance of prophylactics in preventing unplanned pregnancies as well as the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

First organized in 1978 by students at the University of California in Berkeley, National Condom Week has become a popular post-Valentine’s Day event on college campuses nationwide. In addition, Planned Parenthood is supporting National Condom Week through a social networking campaign on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace that includes e-cards, facts and informative links.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, latex condoms, if used consistently and correctly, provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of HIV.

In a related Huffington Post blog entry titled “A (Modified) Ode to Condoms: How I Love Thee,” sexologist and POZ contributor Logan Levkoff, PhD, writes that neither men nor women should be afraid of buying, carrying or using condoms.

“Yes, women should be using condoms,” Levkoff writes. “Women should be carrying condoms. You’re not a slut—ugh, I hate that word—if you have condoms in your pocketbook. And quite frankly, if someone thinks you are, why would you want to have sex with that person anyway? Why would you ever want to be friends with someone who mistakes responsibility for ‘promiscuity’? (I don’t like that word, either.)”

If you have been reading my blogs for awhile, you know how important I feel condom use is even if both people are HIV positive. So if you going to be out in the rain, be sure to wear a raincoat.

Remember it is up to you to protect yourself and your health.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab