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By Sandi Bhutella

You may find this hard to believe, but I haven't always been so sex savvy. it has taken lots of research (and serious conversations with Oscar) to get me where I am today. When you're trying to figure out all this sex stuff, not only do you have to deal with the more formal medical terms, there's also the slang. Just when I thought I understood what Oscar was talking about when he said Gonorrhea, then someone mentioned 'the drip' and I was back where I started, trying desperately to find Oscar to find out what 'the drip' was (it's a slang term for Gonorrhea by the way).

This article will clear up some of the mysteries of sexual terms and even some of the slang.

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome):
AIDS is caused by HIV infection. AIDS is the term used to describe the most advanced stages of HIV infection. AIDS is spread through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk -in other words, during vaginal, oral or anal intercourse, by sharing contaminated needles, or via pregnancy or breast-feeding. There is no cure for AIDS.

Slang term for the penis. (One of many.)

Slang term for the vagina. (One of many.)

Bisexual (Bi):
A term meaning an interest in sexual activity with both males and females. Slang term for Bisexual is 'Bi'.

Bi Curious:
A term for someone who is curious about or willing to experiment with bisexual activities.

Blue Balls:
Slang term for the pain in the testicles which often accompanies erections that last for long periods of time without the relief of ejaculation. Women also experience a similar condition, caused by pressure build up when sexual arousal occurs. (Check out my article on this subject).

Slang term for buttocks.

BV (Bacterial Vaginosis):
An inflammation of the vagina (vaginitis) that is caused by a change in the balance of vaginal bacteria.

A bacterial infection of the genital area that if left untreated can cause sterility in women and men. There are no symptoms in most women and many men who have it. Some may experience abnormal vaginal bleeding (not your period), unusual discharge or pain during urination within one to three weeks of having sex with an infected partner. Chlamydia is spread through unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse.

Slang term for a sexually transmitted disease, usually Gonorrhoea or Syphilis.

Slang term for someone who has sex with multiple partners.

Slang term for an attractive female.

Synonym for the Grafenberg Spot, which is located in the upper wall of the vagina and is reported to be particularly pleasurable when stimulated.

Genital Herpes:
A herpes infection associated with the genital areas.

Genital Warts:
A wart-like sore or legion caused by the human papilloma virus.

Gonorrhea (the drip):
A curable Sexually Transmitted Infection that affects both men and women. If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause a woman to be unable to have children, and in severe cases the disease can spread into the joints through the blood. Symptoms in women can include a bad-smelling yellowish vaginal discharge and red and swollen vaginal walls. In men, symptoms can include pus from the penis and intense pain during urination. Gonorrhea is spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.

An inflammation of the liver caused by one of several hepatitis viruses. Common types are hepatitis A and B. It can be spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.

A person who was born with both male and female sex organs.


A sexually transmitted disease whose symptoms include a rash or blisters commonly occurring on the cervix, vagina, mouth, penis and anus. It's spread through unprotected sexual encounters, vaginal, anal and oral. This disease, while controllable, never fully leaves the system and once contracted, will occur again.

HIV ( The human immunodeficiency virus):
HIV is the disease that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV affects many cells in the body and caused the immune system to be weakened. Anyone can contract HIV, no matter what the age or sexual orientation. People with HIV are vulnerable to certain cancers and infections such as pneumonia, because of the weakened Immune System. HIV is spread through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk -in other words, during vaginal, oral or anal intercourse, by sharing contaminated needles, or via pregnancy or breast-feeding. HIV will develop into AIDS.  

Slang term for a person who is experiencing a strong desire for sex.

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus):
Abbreviation for Human Papilloma Virus, which is a group of infections that may cause genital warts and may be linked to certain cancers. HPV is spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal intercourse. It may also be spread by touching or rubbing an infected area - remember -- infected areas are not always noticeable.

The inability to achieve or maintain an erection.

Slang term for the penis. (One of many.)

Slang term for sexual activity that is considered to be outside the norm.

Slang term for sexual activity.

Slang term for the testicular area or 'balls'.

Pop a Cherry:
To have sexual intercourse with a female who has never had sexual intercourse before. The term is referring to the breaking the hymen (a thin piece of skin that partially covers the opening to the vagina). Not all women will experience the hymen breaking though, as many women may have broken theirs when inserting a tampon, riding a horse or maybe they never had one at all (not all women do).

Slang term for achieving sexual activity with a desired partner.

Slang term for sexual intercourse. (One of many.)

Second Base:
Slang term for foreplay, usually touching the breasts and/or genitals.

Slang term for sexual intercourse. (One of many.)

Slang term for a male who has frequent and varied sex partners.

An infection caused by small organisms, which can spread throughout the body. Syphilis is spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. The symptoms include the development of sores and rashes in the genital area that usually do not itch or hurt. This rash will then likely transfer to other areas of the body, swollen lymph nodes, fever and hair loss are also among some of the symptoms. If syphilis is left untreated, it can begin to damage internal organs, including heart, eyes and brain. Syphilis can be treated if diagnosed by a doctor.

Trichomoniasis (Trich):
A parasitic infection of the genital area that often has no symptoms, but women will sometimes experience a frothy, smelly, yellowish-green vaginal discharge, and/or genital area discomfort, usually within 4 days to one month after exposure to the parasite. Men may notice a discharge from the penis. It's spread through unprotected vaginal intercourse.

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