What turns you on? Students speak out

Valentine’s Day is here, so we’ve asked a group of students at Portland State what turns them on, both physically and emotionally. As it turns out, girls were much more willing to offer insights, which quickly turned this project into an all-female survey.

Herpes 101

The gift that keeps giving. Cat’s tongue. Last-laugh sores. Some even call the herpes simplex virus a life sentence.
Two types of HSV exist. Type 1 is a cold sore or fever blister. Type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can infect either the mouth or genitals.


Why pump weights alone when you could build muscle with a friend? Sex is a great workout, and by implementing a couple of these sexercise tips you can have a sexual experience that is not only better for your body but also more pleasurable for you and your partner.

Tell me how you like it

Some people like it rough, and some people like it really, really kinky. No matter which way you like it, the truth of the matter is that you’re not alone. One look at the diverse array of X-rated material that comprises the $2.9 billion Internet pornography industry will tell you that.


The female orgasm seems to be an unending topic of inconclusive research. Solemn male scientists pop up every so often to let people know about some new discovery regarding women’s climax, only to have another study come out a few years later claiming the opposite.

History of sex toys

Vibrators, dildos, butt plugs, ticklers, cock rings, masturbation sleeves: There’s something for everyone. Not everyone likes to admit to what they do behind closed doors, but according to a 2009 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, it’s safe to assume that more than half of Americans use sex toys.

Get your sex on

Believe it or not, loyal readers, we almost didn’t have anyone to write this part of the guide! You’d think it’d be easy to find someone to peruse the wares at our friendly neighborhood sex shops, but you’d be wrong. So I volunteered and went on a last-minute, whirlwind tour of our fun zones. Here’s what I found.

Condoms and beyond

Choosing the right birth control option for your specific needs can be frustrating. The Student Health and Counseling Center offers a range of birth control options for you to consider and contraceptive counseling to help you understand the various methods.