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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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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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February is National Condom Month

February is recognized as National Condom Month in the United States. Originally started on a university campus, it has grown into an educational event that benefits high schools, colleges, AIDS groups, sexually transmitted disease awareness groups and family planning centers.  Continue reading “February is National Condom Month” »

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STD Prevention and Condoms-Do They Help?

No type of condom prevents sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) 100% of the time, however, if you and your partner are having sex, nothing protects against STDs better than a properly used condom. Continue reading “STD Prevention and Condoms-Do They Help?” »

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Understanding AIDS in 2016 for World AIDS Day

Humankind has made strides toward understanding AIDS and helping people to protect themselves from HIV. Nonetheless, observances like World AIDS Day are critical to prevent more HIV infections and for finding a cure for AIDS. Continue reading “Understanding AIDS in 2016 for World AIDS Day” »

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National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

As September 27 brings National Gay Men’s HIV AIDS Awareness Day, we have an opportunity to highlight why HIV AIDS testing is so essential to saving lives. Perhaps more than any other segment of the population, gay men are susceptible to an HIV diagnosis. This makes routine HIV AIDS testing utterly imperative. Continue reading “National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day” »

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HIV/AIDS and Aging: What You Need to Know

For the first decades after HIV and AIDS were discovered, patients could only expect to live for one or two years after diagnosis. While there is still no cure for AIDS or HIV, the success of antiretroviral therapy, or ART, is making it increasingly likely that people with this illness could live to an advanced age. This means that people with HIV or AIDS need to be aware of complications that may arise as a result of aging with the disease. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS and Aging: What You Need to Know” »

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How HIV Testing Can Prevent New Cases Among High-Risk Populations

Among the most effective ways to prevent HIV among high-risk populations is through regular and accessible HIV testing.

Long noted as a method of preventing HIV and AIDS from spreading from one sexual partner to the next and from mother to child, a simple test administered at a health clinic or hospital can alert individuals to the presence of HIV in their bloodstream.

Here’s what you should know about the specifics of HIV testing and its role in preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS in high-risk populations.

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Educating Youth on HIV/AIDs

Being a parent isn’t easy. It’s necessary to protect and guide children through any number of pitfalls, and that includes having some difficult conversations. One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

As a parent, it can be hard to know how to begin educating your kids on such serious topics. We’re providing some context and suggestions for initiating discussions with your teens.

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