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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Many lesbian and bisexual women risk their lives unnecessarily. They are not often tested for HPV, the virus that can lead to cervical cancer. In fact, because of a misconception, many doctors tell lesbian and bisexual women that there is no need for HPV testing.

“Lesbian and bisexual women are at risk of contracting HPV, which is the cause of 99.7% of cervical cancers. Therefore all eligible women, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have regular cervical screening,” said Robert Music, director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

A survey by Stonewall.org said “lesbian and bisexual women were often excluded from routine testing for cervical cancer.”

Also, the survey found that these women were afraid or reluctant to be honest “about their sexual orientation with healthcare professionals as they feared stigma and discrimination.”

In addition, “Many women said they had been wrongly advised they did not need screening and some had even been refused screening as they only had female partners. Women respondents also said healthcare professionals had asked inappropriate questions or had wrongly assumed they were heterosexual.”

Because the HPV virus can infect women of every sexual orientation, polyDNA suggests that lesbian and bisexual women take Gene-Eden-VIR, a natural HPV remedy. This antiviral oral supplement helps the immune system clear the HPV virus.

Gene-Eden-VIR is designed to fight against the latent HPV virus. A recent post marketing clinical study showed that Gene-Eden-VIR is safe and effective. Up to 70% of those studied reported a decrease in HPV symptoms.

Each ingredient of Gene-Eden-VIR was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals around the world to identify the safest, most effective natural ingredients that target the latent form of HPV.

Courtesy of PRWEB.COM NEWSWIRE

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:00

Meet Laura: A Short Story (Part 2)

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I don’t know where her husband was, or where mine was, and honestly, I didn’t care. I knelt at her side and took her hand in mine. I begged, I pleaded, I prayed to God to give her back to me. I shouted her name. I whispered that I loved her. I asked someone where the paramedics were. I did everything I knew how to do. I didn’t care who heard me or what they thought or said of me – of us – none of it mattered. What mattered was for her to know that I loved her. That I was here for her and not going anywhere. That I held her hand. That’s what mattered. Even as the paramedics tried to pull me away to put her on the stretcher and wheel her out the ambulance, I never let go of her. They tried to keep me out of the ambulance, but one, which I could tell was a lesbian, gave me the go-ahead. I was let in the back and all the while, I still held her hand.

By the time we arrived, I knew it was too late. I couldn’t feel her. She couldn’t open her eyes. Her skin was getting colder by the second. Her lips were starting to turn a light shade of blue. I knew it was over – she was gone – but I kept hoping. I kept hoping and praying and pleading with God to let me take her place. He wasn’t listening. She was pronounced dead a short ten minutes after we’d come through the doors. No one from her family, not even her husband, had shown up yet, so I was left to give whatever information I could. She had no health issues. No cancer. No tumors. No diseases. No nothing. She was in perfect health. I couldn’t understand what had happened. She had been fine all day and into the night. She hadn’t complained of being tired or sick or anything else. She was 32. She was my lover. She was my best friend. She was dead.

Later, the autopsy would state she had an aneurism burst without warning. Anything from a hit to the head or turning her head the wrong way at the wrong time could have caused it. There was nothing they could have done. Nothing in her scans had shown anything out of the ordinary when she’d had some done a few months ago. She’d been complaining of headaches then, but everything came back fine and with medication, they were resolved. She’d never felt better. She’d never looked better. But here she was, lying on a cold slab. Dead.

It was a fast working something-or-other it’d stated. It could have happened to anyone, they’d said. It was her simply her time to go, others said. Her husband didn’t look like he cared either way. Since there would be no divorce, he would get to keep all his money for himself. In all honesty, I think that’s all he cared about. Dave didn’t think of anyone but himself. He was exactly like Jim. Maybe that’s why they were best friends and their wives had been lovers. Who knew. I surely don’t. But what I do know is by the time the light of the next day was upon us, I couldn’t hide our relationship anymore. It was out in the open. Everyone knew. They’d found letters and pictures between the two of us in her purse. She’d planned on giving them to me later in the evening. She’s made them into a beautiful book and had wanted to give it to me for my birthday. By the way, did I mention my birthday was the day after she died? It was certainly one I’ll never forget, but not for reasons I’d like to remember.

Everyone I knew gave me the cold shoulder. Mumblings under one’s breath was something I was beginning to grow accustomed to. Her husband screamed at me. My husband screamed at him. Then, at me. Yet, I got the sense the only reason they were doing it was because they finally had to face it. Our relationship had finally been brought to light and they weren’t happy about the way it portrayed them. It had nothing to do with us, really. It was all about their status and reputation. But wasn’t it always? Isn’t that why we were all members of a ridiculously expensive country club? Why we always had to be seen in the best restaurants with the wealthiest people? Laura and I, well, neither of us much cared for things like that. We’d be friends with anyone. There was never a requirement on how much money they had to have in their bank accounts. We weren’t like the rest of them at the club. Maybe that’s why we got along so well.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:00

Lesbian film wins top prize at Cannes

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The Palme d’Or is one of the most coveted film awards of the industry and this year it went to none other than a lesbian love story: "La Vie d'Adele - Chapitre 1 & 2" (Blue is the Warmest Colour).

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, the three-hour film is a two-part story about the relationship between 15-year-old Adele, played by Adele Exarchopoulos, and her lover Emma, played by Lea Seydoux.

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Controversial Lesbian MC Lunatic-FLO unveils new albumLunatic-FLO is set to release a new 14-track album titled “Stay Tuned Coming Soon” on July 1.

She believes her messages are important and gives true integrity to her as a female MC, as she stated, “The hip hop street code reprimands posers and speaking about things that are lies and untrue. Why should I have to hide my sexuality in my music?”

She was nominated for the KnocDown-SMC Award “Female About to Blow Artist of the Year,” as well as for Right Out T.V’s “Best Hip Hop Song” award.

“Stay Tuned Coming Soon” will only have 5,000 units so make sure you get yours as soon as it drops. For more on Lunatic-FLO visit her on lunaticflomusic.com.

Listen to the album’s first single, “Big Ass”

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:00

St. Pete Pride BOUND

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St. Pete Pride BOUND - Visit out "kissing" booth for a good time.BOUND is headed to St. Petersburg for the 2013 Pride Carnivale June 26 - 30.

Don’t miss Saturday’s main event - Florida's largest Pride celebration with a Promenade and Festival that starts at 10 am.

The Promenade, held along Central Avenue between 21st Street and 29th Street, features more than 100 organizations and businesses supporting and celebrating the Tampa Bay LGBT community - including us! That’s right, visit our “Kissing Booth” for your chance to smooch with our very own Kissing Captain.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time: 10 AM

Location: Grand Central District, Booth #150

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:00

Join Sweet at Playacar Resort

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Join Sweet at Playacar ResortIt’s a Sweet week that embodies the words, “Whoo hoo!”

Join the women of Sweet, September 21-28, 2013, for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink week of unadulterated “Whoo hoo!” in paradise.

The five-star Playacar Resort features a large white sand beach that leads to the warm, crystalline Caribbean waters. The mostly ocean view rooms bring you the calming sounds of the surf from your balcony or from the expansive pool with swim-up bar. Delight your taste buds at the three fabulous restaurants.

The gateway to Mayan civilization, tours to ruins at Tulum, Coba and the legendary Chichen Itza are available. Kiss a dolphin, try windsurfing, play beach volleyball or spend the day screaming “Weeee!” as you enjoy nearby Wet N Wild water park. A luxurious nearby golf course beckons where you can enjoy drinks and snacks after your round or a well-deserved massage in the opulent on-site spa. Good news, your at-resort credit is good on golf, spa and many tours. Whoo hoo.

Workaholics rejoice! Can’t tear yourself away? Bring it with you! Wireless access and long-distance phone calls are included at no additional cost.

With a Jacuzzi tub in your room, 24-hour room service at your command and a resort full of the Sweetest women on earth, you’re sure to have a week of “Whoo hoo!” in Playa del Carmen.

Courtesy of Sweet, for more visit discoversweet.com

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:00

Fake It 'til You Make It

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I know you've done it. We all have.

Faking it, is just one of our womanly luxuries. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about...faking a contoured face. That's what I was talking about, what were YOU thinking?

Well, get your little minds out of the gutter and onto some pretty important info. Contouring with makeup is something we should all adopt into our routine. In fact, contouring is this celebrity's #1 trick of choice. Sure, you won't do this if you're just going to the mall, running errands, etc. But, you're definitely going to want to do this if you're going on a date or out on the town. With contouring you can literally fake your way to amazing cheek bones, slimmer nose, a thinner face...you get my point, right? I searched the web to find you the easiest and most comprehensive contouring tutorials. Trust me, you'll be thanking me for this one!

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 05:00

Lisa Pittman

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Lisa Pittman - The hardest working DJ in the world.When DJ Lisa Pittman is the headliner, you know you’re feet are bound to get blisters. The Las Vegas native and resident DJ to some of the most amazing clubs on the planet, is the hardest working DJ in the industry. She has shared concert stages with superstars such as Lady Gaga and Kanye West, and has spun concerts for audiences well into the thousands. She took time out of her schedule to chat with us and we tried hard not to swoon.

We were so excited to have you back for Aqua Girl’s Temptation at Grand Central!

Aqua Girl is a great event, it attracts women from all around the world. It's a party with a cause and that seems to attract a sophisicated audience, that's great! I love that I was able to DJ Aqua Girl this year, and that the themed nights are switched up this year so I was able to DJ the main event.

Do you have a current favorite track that has your head bobbing?

I love Rihanna’s "Stay." Even though it's not your typical club song, it's always a favorite when the girls are singing along. I think it will be an epic song played for many decades to come.

Your frequent flyer miles must be ridiculous. Where did you go after Aqua Girl?

To the Dominican Republic with Olivia. I feel blessed that I get to travel the world and do what I love to do. Music is the universal language, it creates happiness everywhere. The Olivia group is amazing to work for, their trips are always such an experience, and is by far one of my favorite lesbian get-a-ways. If you haven't booked an Olivia trip put it on your bucket list!

We see you at these amazing venues and at these larger-than-life events, but everyone needs a little quiet time. Can you give us a little glimpse into how you unwind?

I love my downtime. I usually spend it with my dogs, without a cell phone, and outdoors somewhere. Usually, I'm here in Vegas so I escape to the Lake Mead, or Red Rock Canyon or even Mt. Charleston all are just a 45 min drive. My true love is the beach. Water, boats, jet skis, bonfires, that's where I find the best downtime.

As the hardest working DJ in the industry, you have built a brand over the past decade. I mean, I don’t know if you know this, but you’re kind of a big deal. Tell me about your fans and have you given them a nickname - like Pittwomen?

Thank you for the love. No groupies that I know of. Fans make careers, that's for sure. This is a tough industry and in the mainstream clubs, it can be ruthless and competitive especially in Vegas that is top market in nightlife. The great thing about good fans is that they can get you through the tough times. When the going get's tough, it’s always awesome to read a thoughtful email or message. Fans can do some really great things, send you gifts, make you artwork, it's cool to know there are people out there that take notice and appreciate dedication to a craft. I appreciate my fans, they're amazing people, and at the end of the day, that's what it's about.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 03:04

Wonderland Was Wonderful

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If you weren’t in Orlando on May 31 through June 3, then you certainly weren’t in Wonderland. The days were hot and the nights were even hotter with after-after-parties that lasted into the sunrise. The Sheraton Buena Vista served as the exclusive hotel for women during Disney’s Gay Days and Pandora Events hosted their infamous parties at Bongos and House of Blues. This year, the House of Blues party had a Boogie Wonderland theme, complete with a disco performance by sexy dancers and the all-female rock group of Hunter Valentine of Real L Word fame. Jessica Clark, Fortune Feimster, Bev Campbell, and Dani Campbell were all in attendance. But, the highlight of the weekend were the pool parties, Friday was Wet, Saturday was Splash, and Sunday was Pumps vs. Pants, featuring pool games that had butch and femme girls competing against each other. It was so much fun, so much sun, so much dancing! Check out the pictures in our Event Pix section and see for yourself.

Girls In Wonderland 2013

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 03:04

Aqua Girl 2013

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Probably the most fun lesbians can have in Miami without getting arrested. I say that with so much conviction that I doubt many would disagree. With 16 events there was fun to be had by all. People came from all over the country and were not disappointed by the music, the venues and the fun. Mother Nature was on our side and didn’t let us down once.

The kick-off at the VIP Cocktail Reception was studded but not pretentious. I was a little worried since it was in Fort Lauderdale. That quickly changed. The house was beautiful and the hosts were as gracious as they come.

Now for us regular folk, Aqua truly kicked off on May 15 with AquaRock @ Churchills’s Pub. Indie, underground and funk music were the focus. The laid back vibe made it extra inviting and a great way to start the party weekend.

Traffic Jam @ Dream on SoBe was the place to get your dance on FOR SURE on Thursday. Citizen Jane tore it up. There was not one non-sweaty girl in the house. The color coded necklaces led you to the girls to run to and run from instantly. I hadn’t been at that venue since it was Shadow Lounge and I LOVED IT!!! Good Times.

Grand Central on Friday night was off the hook. The party was called Temptation and with good reason. The dancers were beautiful and Frenchie Davis’ performance was way more entertaining than expected. That woman has some pipes and the fact that she’s family made it 10 times better.

Aqua Girl’s pool parties are legend … wait for it …dary. We love the nightlife, but always look forward to the pool parties. This year we had 3: Friday was a nice intro and Saturday’s had everyone partying, but Sunday’s Tea Dance & Pool Party was icing on the most fabulous cake ever! Anytime you get both DJ Pride and Tracey Young on one stage, you know you are in for a blast. The National Hotel was a different back drop than used to but the staff was on point. The girls turned out in droves making for lots of eye candy.

aturday night was on Fire - Fuego, that is at Nikki Beach. Damn the parking was expensive, but that’s to be expected. DJ Tatiana wrecked the one and twos and whoever the percussionist is deserves the biggest full frontal hug ever! Loved her! You had to throw the women out when the party was over. No one wanted to leave and with GOOD reason. The music was so good that I only witnessed one lesbian drama fight the whole night. That’s a good party indication.

After Sunday’s Tea Dance & Pool Party I needed 3 naps, but I still went to Score for AfterGlow. I had to! DJ Pat Pat never fails to give you that “RedBull” kick. I forgot I had partied for the last 4 days once I heard her beats. The sound system sounded great and everyone was in an amorous mood. Goodbye to all our friends visiting and see you guys next year. Fourteen years of AquaGrl and still kicking ass! Muah!

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