This is a response to VC 31 Holly 6 ("I hate thinking up titles")...
I believe John was very elegant on this subject and I can add but very little (but of course, I will). I can only think of a few conditions where one might regret sharing intimate contact with another person. Being the recipient of a sexually transmitted disease, finding oneself burdened with another human life, or having it forced on you are some that jump to mind.
Sex has a marvelous way of forcing down the ego boundries. The partners I chose to have sex with were all people I found fascinating. The act itself drops those personal boundries and for varying amounts of time afterward, the two of you can explore each other. I will admit, sometimes the hormone-high interfers with the ability to determine if a long-term relationship would be appropriate, but nothing is perfect! All-in-all, sex is good.
Yumi, I cannot imagine you would want to change the experiences you have had. They helped form you into the person we all enjoy and have the privilege to call our friend. I would never have considered the term "slut" to describe you in anyway at all. It is not your label.