January 26, 2009

January 26, 2009
Does Size Really Matter?

Welcome to another day in my life. We are off and running at the start of another work week.

I always try to start my day off with a protein shake and then a workout. I prefer to start my day listening to great upbeat music while working out. Helps especially after a long night's lack of rest.

Today, we had our monthly meeting of the Men of Hope HIV support group at NFAN. Nathaniel stopped by around 1:30pm to pick me up for the meeting. We ended up having seven guys show up today. We talked about the upcoming conference and a couple of fund raising ideas. The group is also going to be starting a newsletter.

After the meeting was over Nathaniel was an angel and drove me over to Dr. Portalatin's office so I could drop off my disability paperwork. You never want to be late getting that paperwork in to them.

But on to our subject for the day. Does size really matter? Now I am sure some are finding humor in the fact that a gay man is asking this question. I will say it does but you have to read on to understand why.

Penile Size May Cause Men to Be Negative Toward Condom Usage

According to a new report, men with short or relatively large penises are more likely to have negative attitudes toward condom fit and feel, www.aidsmap.com reports.

About 1,661 men were recruited from adult web sites selected based on their geographic diversity and disproportionate prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Data were collected on condom fit and feel through self reporting by the men, who took measurements of their genitals.

The men were then categorized by size (short, medium and large). Men belonging to the larger group described condoms as too short, not rolling down enough and feeling too tight along the penile shaft. The opposite was true for men in the shorter group, who reported unrolled latex at the base of the penis.

The study, conducted by the Centre for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University in Bloomington, offers insight into the challenges of preventing STIs.

Investigators called for condom manufacturers to expand the variety of sizes, and they conclude the data may help sexual health workers better discuss condom use with men.

But the most important thing to remember is to use a condom EVERY single time and use it correctly.

I hope your week has gotten off to a safe and great start. Drop me a line and let me know how it is going.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab