Tuesday, August 21, 2007

your head-scratcher for the evening

Eh, wot?

A study in Uganda has come up with a surprising finding about sex and H.I.V. Washing the penis minutes after sex increased the risk of acquiring H.I.V. in uncircumcised men.

The sooner the washing, the greater the risk of becoming infected, the study found. Delaying washing for at least 10 minutes after sex significantly lowered the risk of H.I.V. infection, Dr. Fredrick E. Makumbi reported on July 25 at an International AIDS Society Conference in Sydney, Australia.

The researchers do not have a precise explanation for the findings, which challenge common wisdom and the teaching of many infectious disease experts who urge penile cleansing as part of good genital hygiene. Health experts have suggested that washing the penis after sex could prevent potentially infectious vaginal secretions from entering the body through the uncircumcised penis.


Dr. Makumbi and other AIDS experts said they did not know why the washing practice increased vulnerability to H.I.V. infection, but offered various explanations. One is that the acidity of vaginal secretions may impair the ability of the AIDS virus to survive on the penis. Delayed cleansing — and longer exposure to the vaginal secretions — may then reduce viral infectivity.

See Dick wash.
Wash, Dick! Wash!
See Dick pustulate.
Pustulate, Dick! Pustulate!

So maybe there's something to that clichéd image from erotica in which "her warm juices anointed his throbbing shaft," eh? Perhaps female secretions provide a sort of protection during that most repetitive-yet-enthralling of docking maneuvers.

What about washing before sex? Most women consider this to be highly recommended. I'd have to agree. In fact, showering-as-foreplay should be standard operating procedure in all domiciles equipped with showers.

Private showers.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why not just wash Mr. Happy in vinager? Lots of acidity there. What about lemon juice or orange juice?

What about washing in OJ before sex.

Lots of science to be done.