Sex@Iowa is a sexual health blog published during the fall and spring semesters in which two University of Iowa Student Health physicians, Ann Laros, M.D. and Eric Evans, M.D. will answer questions from UI students. Questions used are selected from those submitted by UI students to the Student Health web site and from questions asked during campus presentations by Drs. Laros and Evans.

Do not read this if you are offended by open talk of a sexual nature.

Sex@Iowa does not provide medical advice, diagnoses or treatment. This information is not meant to replace medical care and advice from your own healthcare provider.

2014 in review

December 30, 2014 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,400 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Categories: Uncategorized

This blog shutting down…

November 13, 2014 Leave a comment


As of today, 11/13/14, the Sex@Iowa blog is going into hibernation.  No more posts will be made for the foreseeable future and this blog will not be updated or checked regularly.


It is our hope that by the spring of 2015, much of the content/information from this blog will be transferred and available at the University of Iowa Student Health and Wellness website.  You may access this website HERE.



Categories: Uncategorized

Can I get HIV from urine?

October 17, 2014 Leave a comment



Today’s Question:

“Can I get an HIV infection from urine?  This past weekend, my roommate was drunk and he urinated all over my backpack.  I picked up the backpack and emptied out the contents and then held it under the faucet in the bathtub to rinse it out.  Should I make him get an HIV test?  What’s my risk of getting HIV?”
…PISSED at my roommate



From Centers for Disease Control (link):

How is HIV passed from one person to another? expanded

Only certain fluids—blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk—from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to possibly occur. Mucous membranes can be found inside the rectum, the vagina, the opening of the penis, and the mouth.


In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by

  • Having unprotected sex (sex without a condom) with someone who has HIV.Sharing needles, syringes, rinse water, or other equipment (works) used to prepare injection drugs with someone who has HIV.
    • Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior. Receptive anal sex (bottoming) is riskier than insertive anal sex (topping).
    • Vaginal sex is the second highest-risk sexual behavior.
    • Having multiple sex partners or having other sexually transmitted infections can increase the risk of infection through sex.

Less commonly, HIV may be spread by

  • Being born to an infected mother. HIV can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.
  • Being stuck with an HIV-contaminated needle or other sharp object. This is a risk mainly for health care workers.
  • Receiving blood transfusions, blood products, or organ/tissue transplants that are contaminated with HIV. This risk is extremely small because of rigorous testing of the US blood supply and donated organs and tissues.
  • Eating food that has been pre-chewed by an HIV-infected person. The contamination occurs when infected blood from a caregiver’s mouth mixes with food while chewing, and is very rare.
  • Being bitten by a person with HIV. Each of the very small number of documented cases has involved severe trauma with extensive tissue damage and the presence of blood. There is no risk of transmission if the skin is not broken.
  • Oral sex—using the mouth to stimulate the penis, vagina, or anus (fellatio, cunnilingus, and rimming). Giving fellatio (mouth to penis oral sex) and having the person ejaculate (cum) in your mouth is riskier than other types of oral sex.
  • Contact between broken skin, wounds, or mucous membranes and HIV-infected blood or blood-contaminated body fluids. These reports have also been extremely rare.
  • Deep, open-mouth kissing if the person with HIV has sores or bleeding gums and blood is exchanged. HIV is not spread through saliva. Transmission through kissing alone is extremely rare.


So, you should be OK.  While a urine-soaked backpack does not sound like a lot of fun, you don’t need to worry about contracting an HIV infection from touching the backpack while you were rinsing it out.  No need to ask your roommate to get an HIV test for that reason alone.   Maybe some other roommate discussions about appropriate behavior and excessive alcohol use might be in order?



Categories: STI/STDs

Links We Like #7:

September 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Check out this site for information on contraception, how to talk about sex and other related information:

Click on this link:


From that site: (Bedsider) is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. Bedsider is not funded by pharmaceutical companies. Or the government. Bedsider is totally independent and the info on it is honest and unbiased. Our goal is to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively, and that’s it.


And another nice site, a “sister site” to,  devoted to decreasing the rate of teen pregnancy:







Categories: Birth Control, Safe Sex

Prevent sexual assault with phone app?

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment

We like this!  

Great use of existing technology to keep you safe.

Check out this Android and iPhone app:




 It’s called “Circle of 6” and is a way to use your cell phone as a safety device, safety net and emergency response unit. 


Here is a description of this app from “Circle of 6” website:

Circle of 6 is more than a safety App: it’s a community and a state of mind. It fosters the formation of groups based on trust and accountability and promotes a culture of care, where friends look out for one another and work together to eliminate violence in their communities. Ideally, all of your friends will be part of this culture whether or not you program them into our app.


This FREE smart phone application is available for free through the Apple app store/iTunes or Google Play store:


Link to this app at Google Play Store


Link to this app at Apple Store/iTunes


See more at: Circle of 6



Sex Humor #8

August 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Toilet Humor 🙂

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sex humor photo: TOILET HUMOR toilet-humor.jpg

Categories: Sex Humor

Lesson: Prevent Pregnancy = Graduate from College

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment


Women who get pregnant during college are less likely to graduate.



Click Here for more information from the

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy


how preventing a pregnancy may increase your odds of graduating.



Categories: Birth Control