Aug 052011

Question: What kind of piercings can a hemophiliac get?

Answer: Hemophilia is a condition where a person’s blood doesn’t clot very well. Any wound that bleeds is likely to continue bleeding for some time. Cartilage piercings (like the upper ear or nose) don’t bleed very much because cartilage had a poor blood supply. In theory, cartilage piercings may be safe for people with hemophilia. However, a person with hemophilia should seek a medical opinion before having any kind of piercing done.


Question: Can fecal matter in the vagina cause infections?

Answer: Yes. That’s why no object (including penises and fingers) should go directly from the anus to the vagina. The digestive tract has all sorts of bacteria. These bacteria do no harm there (and actually help our digestion), but could do harm in other places like the vagina.


Question: Are transgendered people at higher risk of violence?

Answer: Trans people are often attacked, harassed, and sexually assaulted. Roughly 60% of trans people have been assaulted and about half have been bullied in their K-12 school (Source).


Question: How can a post-op transsexual practice safe sex?

Answer: The same way any other person can. Barriers such as male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, and gloves are all helpful for preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. I haven’t seen any statistics, but I suspect that post-op trans women are more likely than cis women to have vaginal tearing during penetration, so their risk of catching HIV or hepatitis might be higher during penetrative sex.


Question: What should I do for a rope burn that removed skin?

Answer: Treat it like any other burn. Consult a medical professional if you need to.


Question: Does having foreplay cause problems if you don’t have sex?

Answer: Not really. Men may experience blue balls, which can be painful, but isn’t known to cause any long term problems.