We're not going to candy-coat it: The talk will be awkward as hell. Though not as awkward as a surprise case of herpes. Just don't make us pull out the cliche that if you're comfortable enough to get naked and grind with a new partner then you should be comfortable enough to talk with them.
If your memories of sex ed involve a gym teacher reassuring you that no one pees during sex or a science teacher blushing while explaining that boys don't menstruate, your experience is probably typical for your generation. But things haven't exactly gotten more progressive since then.
We all have a role to play in helping to protect the sexual health of our young people - youth can be more aware of the risks they face, and parents and schools can get the information they need to stay safe.
Earlier this month the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute sent Apicha Community Health Center a memo asking us to pass along information regarding New York States continued increases in syphilis.