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Discussing Women’s Health Awkward

Larry Forney would like you to talk about your vagina. With your doctor, primarily. But, while you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to have a little chat with a friend or a colleague or spouse, too. All that silence and avoidance may not be good for you. Forney is a researcher and professor at the University of Idaho who is studying the composition of “vaginal bacterial communities.” When he tells people what he does, he generally inspires two responses: the awkward, uncomfortable, looking-away variety, and the engaged, excited, why-haven’t-I-heard-this-before variety. This tends to break down along gender lines, and it says something about the reasons a medical and research culture long dominated by men might still not know all that much about the subject/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (“Vagina Monologues” poster from Wikipedia)

Question: I’m in the “awkward, uncomfortable, looking away” camp, re: this subject (no matter what Prof Fourney sez). How about you?

Bad News for Women

According to the World Health Organization, AIDS is the leading cause of death among women ages 15-44. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/nov/10/aids-is-top-killer-of-women-who-says/

“Throughout the world, one in five deaths among women in this age group is linked to unsafe sex, according to the U.N. agency.”