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STDs & Donating Blood: Need to Know

Donating blood is a simple way to make a huge difference. You can help a friend, a family member, or even a total stranger during a life-threatening situation. Before donating blood, keep a few things in mind because not everyone is eligible to donate blood. Sometimes, having an STD within the past twelve months can disqualify you from donating. Continue reading “STDs & Donating Blood: Need to Know” »

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Why You Should Get Tested For STDs

Everyone sexually active should be screened for STDs at some point. Luckily, if you are diagnosed with one, most STDs are curable, and all of them are treatable. Continue reading “Why You Should Get Tested For STDs” »

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Talking to Your Partner About STDs

Before you decide to have intercourse with your partner, you need to have a talk with them about STDs. It might be a short talk if neither of you has one and don’t have reason to think you might, or it might be a lengthy discussion. However, if you find yourself blushing or nervous, you might not be ready to have sex yet. Continue reading “Talking to Your Partner About STDs” »

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Dealing With Syphilis

A diagnosis of syphilis may feel devastating but living with it isn’t that difficult — it’s also totally curable over time. However, the stigma associated with a sexually transmitted disease can affect self-esteem and make individuals feel embarrassed. A majority of patients do not get proper treatment because of the stigma attached to this sexually transmitted disease. Continue reading “Dealing With Syphilis” »

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Herpes Signs and Treatments

Among people aged 14 to 49, an estimated one in six people have the herpes simplex virus infection. Read on for more information about herpes signs and treatments. Continue reading “Herpes Signs and Treatments” »

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HPV’s Role in Breast Cancer

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. There are at least 100 different types of human papillomavirus (HPV) in existence. Almost 80 million people in the United States are currently infected. Certain types of HPV can cause cervical cancer, but the question of whether or not HPV causes other types of cancer, like breast cancer, remains. Continue reading “HPV’s Role in Breast Cancer” »

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How to Talk to Your Kids About STDs & Safe Sex

Having “the talk” with your kids is something that some parents never think about and others dread. In America, being open about sex and sexuality is a topic brushed away and glanced over but one in four teens contract an STD every year. Young people account for 50 percent of all newly diagnosed STDs. Besides lowering the STDs diagnosed, preventing pregnancy and cancer-causing HPV are reasons you need to take time to talk to your child about safe sex.  Continue reading “How to Talk to Your Kids About STDs & Safe Sex” »

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STDs in Seniors Continue to Spread

They say you have to live while you’re young, but that isn’t really the case. Take a step inside an assisted living facility — you might be surprised to find that it looks like spring break! In fact, between 2007 and 2011, chlamydia infections among Americans over 65 increased by 31 percent and syphilis increased by 52 percent. Continue reading “STDs in Seniors Continue to Spread” »

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Being Aware of Your Sexual Health

If you are sexually active then listen up. September is a good time to have an STD test performed, as it’s Sexual Health Awareness Month. The CDC recommends that all people between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once for HIV. Anyone sexually active should get tested for all STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, herpes 1 and 2, trichomoniasis, and HIV. Continue reading “Being Aware of Your Sexual Health” »

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Can STDs Be Prevented With Vaccines?

Most people know that when you are diagnosed with some STDs, you can get it cured with a vaccine. What about preventative vaccines? If you don’t get vaccinated for the following, then you could deal with long illnesses and a lifetime of related issues. Continue reading “Can STDs Be Prevented With Vaccines?” »

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