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So recently I came out to my parents as Bi-sexual. and they didn’t seem to care. When I told my dad he said “I don’t care, be whoever you want to be, I don’t give a f***, all I care about is your grades in school”. Do my parents hate me????

Coming out can be really difficult, and we’re proud of you for doing this! It’s not always easy to talk to your parents about who you are, but it’s important.

We don’t know how your parents feel about you– only they know that, and you should have a conversation with them if and when you feel comfortable talking more about your identity and relationships. It doesn’t sound like they hate you, though– despite some gruff language, it sounds like they might still be processing what you told them and the thing they care most about right now is your education.

We talk about coming out like it’s a one-time thing, but the truth is that it’s an ongoing process. You and your parents  will probably have many more conversations about your identity going forward, especially if/ when  you start dating and having relationships. The most important thing is that you’re able to be open, honest, and communicate safely with each other. Sometimes that takes practice and many conversations, so keep talking to your parents. You’ve probably known that you’re bisexual for a while, but they are just finding out and may need more time to figure out how they feel and what questions they have.

You deserve the love and support of your family, no matter what your sexual orientation is or who you’re in a relationship with. If you feel that you’re not getting the support and care you need, it might be a good idea to talk with another adult you trust (like a school counselor, aunt or uncle, etc.).

What are steps to grow penis about average length?

There’s really nothing a person can do to grow or increase penis size.

The penis will continue to grow throughout puberty, which can start as early at 10 -12 and end as late as 16 – 18 years of age.

I have a question and I’m really concerned, I’ve been on a birth control called nexplanon that last 3 years, I was supposed to get it removed July 25th I had unprotected sex on my removal date July 25th, thinking I was supposed to have it removed on the July 26th, I was wrong. I’m anxious, and nervous, is it a possibility that I could be pregnant.

Your risk of pregnancy is very low. Nexplanon is one of the most effective forms of birth control available with a less than 1% failure rate (this means that fewer than 1 in 100 women per year will get pregnant while using Nexplanon– no method is failure-proof).

Nexplanon is recommended for three years (though it can be removed earlier), but some studies have shown that it can be effective at preventing pregnancy up to four years. Going “over” by a day or two should not increase your risk significantly.

If you’re worried about pregnancy, the best thing to do is to take a pregnancy test at home or at a Maine Family Planning clinic. If you haven’t already gotten a new Nexplanon or started a new method of birth control, now is a good time to talk to a provider about what would work best for you.

I went swimming with a person who has genital herpes. Am I at risk for contracting it too? No sexual contact at all was involved, merely swimming in a lake that was not chlorinated.

Herpes is spread through intimate or sexual contact, which can include skin-to-skin contact and vaginal, anal, and/or oral sex.

Herpes can not be spread *simply* by swimming with an infected person; the virus can’t live on its own in water and so couldn’t “swim” or survive to make it from one person to another (however, swimming/ showering/ being water isn’t an effective way to prevent herpes transmission *during* sexual activity).

As long as there was no sexual contact, you should not be at risk.

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