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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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Why Your Teen Needs the HPV Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus-related cancers affect 17,500 young women and 9,300 young men each year in the United States. HPV causes many cancers in which there are no tests for, that is why prevention is essential. Continue reading “Why Your Teen Needs the HPV Vaccine” »

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STDs and Women

Worldwide, there are approximately 357 million new infections of chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Many STDs show no symptoms in women but left untreated, STDs can lead can cause a range of problems. Keep reading for more information about STD risks and prevention. Continue reading “STDs and Women” »

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STDs & Men

There is a lot of focus placed on the impact STDs have on women and how it affects their fertility and well-being. Less focus is put on men but with the number of STD infected males rising constantly in this country, more discussion, and education needs to be directed towards the male population.   Continue reading “STDs & Men” »

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National HIV Testing Day

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), about one in 7 people living in the U.S. are infected with HIV but they don’t realize they have it. To know one’s HIV status provides powerful information to them. Those who test positive for HIV can take medicines to keep them healthy and to greatly reduce their chance of passing HIV to others but the only way to know for sure is to get tested.  Continue reading “National HIV Testing Day” »

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What is Congenital Cytomegalovirus?

June is designated as Congenital Cytomegalovirus Month and only 9 percent of women know what CMV is. Continue reading “What is Congenital Cytomegalovirus?” »

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