Sexuality and HIV


Sexuality and HIV

Human sex, sexual function or sexual behavior is the way in which humans express and experience their sexuality. People engage in various sexual acts, ranging from simple physical acts performed alone to complex acts with another individual in varying patterns of intensity, for varied reasons. It has been found that people from all cultures including men and women have a desire for sexual satisfaction. In fact, sexual satisfaction is one of the most fundamental needs of a human being.

The need for sexual satisfaction results in two different aspects. First, there is a physiological aspect, which refers to the need to achieve orgasm. Secondly, there is a psychological aspect associated with feelings of pleasure and satisfaction which is known as the “orgasmic response”. The physiological aspect can be best understood by referring to the well-known reflex test. Basically, this test can be conducted by inserting a finger in the vagina of the subject while she is aroused.

The reflex test has proven to be very accurate in determining the sex drive of a person. Arousal is very quick and occurs within just few seconds. This means that many people may not feel the need for sex at all after a few minutes. Though many people believe that an orgasm is achieved through squeezing of the pubococcygeus muscle, which is often referred to as the “G-spot”, the actual location of this muscle is not at all similar to the G-spot.

Some other factors, of which gender and sexual orientation are associated are gender identity, ethnicity, cultural norms and even personality. Some cisgendered (all male) people have said that it is not innate in their nature to enjoy sex. Instead, it is a learned behavior or social conditioning which can be changed. However, studies show that many trans people have a deep sense of satisfaction when engaging in sex regardless of their gender, ethnicity or personality.

Transsexuality is not an illness or a disorder. It is a perfectly normal human sensation. In fact, the concept of “transsexuality” was actually coined by the French sexologist Paul Pellach. There is no need to label anyone as sick, diseased or with a mental disorder simply because they exhibit certain sexual characteristics. All the same, there are many people who suffer from STIs and their treatment ranges from treating them discretely, to taking them in a pill form.

Since many people believe that having a partner sexual partner can have a positive effect on a person’s mental and physical health, it may help a person with HIV/AIDS to seek treatment for their condition. HIV is one of the most contagious diseases in the world. Treating it and preventing transmission to any of the partners may help a person’s quality of life improve. People who are living with HIV or AIDS may find it helpful to seek counseling or seek the assistance of a trained medical professional to facilitate a satisfying sex life.