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STDs 101: Know the Signs of the Most Common STDs

Statistics estimate that some 20 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with STDs every year. Usually, this diagnosis happens after testing at a qualified laboratory. Before testing for STDs happens, most people exhibit certain symptoms. With more than two dozen known STDs, it stands to reason that the symptoms can vary widely. That’s why it makes sense to be familiar with some of the most common symptoms of STDs.

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Pregnant Women and STDs

Pregnancy is the culmination of a lifelong dream. With it comes many concerns, and STD testing should be foremost among these. That’s the last thing that many women consider when they first learn of their pregnancy. However, STD testing can be essential to ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

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Understanding Hepatitis B & C

Advancements in technology and decades of research mean that hepatitis B and hepatitis C are more treatable than ever. In fact, hepatitis B is becoming increasingly easier for patients to manage while more cases of hepatitis C are responding to cures. Understanding both of these diseases can prevent infection and lead to healthier lifestyles for those who already have hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

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How to tell Family, Friends and Your Partner that you have an STD

Learning that you have an STD is devastating. You’ll have to come to terms with your STD diagnosis, and you’ll probably have to talk about your STD with family, friends and partners. This makes most people uncomfortable, making it necessary to look for tips regarding how to tell family you have an STD. Continue reading “How to tell Family, Friends and Your Partner that you have an STD” »

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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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The Real Cause for STDs Climbing in the U.S.

The number of people in the U.S. with an STD hit a high in October. Data showed that there were increases in all nationally reported STDs for a consecutive second year. There were 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, the highest number ever reported to the government, with people between ages 15 and 24 accounting for the largest number of  STD infections. Continue reading “The Real Cause for STDs Climbing in the U.S.” »

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98% of HIV Strains Neutralized by Potent Antibody

Though scientists have worked on a cure or vaccine for HIV for years, developments have been slow. Now, a study released by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases identifies an HIV antibody that shows remarkable promise. They called the HIV antibody N6, and it may be effective against more than a dozen HIV strains. Continue reading “98% of HIV Strains Neutralized by Potent Antibody” »

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What to do When Your Partner Tests Positive for an STD

Having an STD is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, such a diagnosis is fairly common. This doesn’t mean that a positive STD test doesn’t have devastating consequences. The news can be just as troubling to current and former sexual partners who have not yet been tested. Continue reading “What to do When Your Partner Tests Positive for an STD” »

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What is “Undetectable” HIV?

“I have undetectable HIV” is a phrase that can cause some controversy in the HIV/AIDS community. But it also causes great celebration as well. So what exactly does it mean?

Undetectable HIV is when a positive patient, linked to antiretroviral therapy (ART), viral load tests reveals less than 40 copies of the virus per milliliter in blood, according to the CDC. This state is also known as “viral suppression”, one of the goals of the 90-90-90 initiative. This goal was established by the UN and adopted by nations all around the world as a way to control the AIDS epidemic. The goal is for 90% of all positive individuals to receive diagnosis, 90% of all positive patients to receive treatment and 90% of all people treated to achieve viral suppression. Continue reading “What is “Undetectable” HIV?” »

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STD Infections Rise To All-Time Highs for Chalmydia, Gonorrhea and Syphillis

What is behind the spike in STDs?

According to a CDC report released recently, an increase in reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is hitting teenagers and young adults hard. State and local budget cuts to STD care and prevention programs are the major cause in the surge of STDs.  Continue reading “STD Infections Rise To All-Time Highs for Chalmydia, Gonorrhea and Syphillis” »

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