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I admire people that are trying to make the world better.  It takes so much energy to pay attention and come to a clear understanding of the real issues and, as much opening, to come up with solutions. This is particularly true about sexual matters because we all carry around so much baggage, much of it invisible even to us.

It is surprisingly not uncommon to not know why you are behaving the way you do when you make dating and sex decisions.  Sadly, this lack of clarity is not limited to our youth. Such is the inspiration for the new Dating Confidential website that is part of a research study at the University of British Columbia.  It was launched by nurse & PhD candidate Cindy Masaro to better understand the behaviors and choices made by women who are older than 25 and are single, dating or in new relationships. The majority of research studies available focus on teen and college-age youth.  This lack of viable data is particularly disconcerting because the incidence of STIs in women over 30 is rising fast.

Cindy, who works as an STI nurse, is hoping to use her survey  data to increase the understanding of the dating patterns and sexual decision making of women over 25, which will in turn translate into improved education and services.  To participate or learn more about the study, go to www.datingconfidential.ca.  Cindy is looking for participants all over the US and Canada, so consider taking the time to complete the online survey.

Sexual health, at once intensely private is really everyone’s issue. Until we are willing to pay attention to the gaps in what we know and the poor decision making that comes from it, we all share the same dark space.  Thanks for helping.  It will likely benefit us all.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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1:17AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

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1:09PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Bell'articolo grazie

11:43PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Unless Cindi is seeing these people as a patient, I can't see that the information collected will be true or honest. Look at all the 'stories" told on dating sites ..........

3:10AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Happy to help, especially when folks are trying to do good work!

10:53AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

thanks

10:53AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

thanks

7:10AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Research can make a difference in people's lives.

6:31AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Bell'articolo grazie

6:30AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Bell'articolo grazie

1:58AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Thanks.

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