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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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The Lowdown on Hepatitis (for Hepatitis Awareness Month)

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and that means it’s the perfect time to learn more about this disease, its transmission and the ways to prevent it.

With this information, more people can protect themselves against this potentially dangerous STD.

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Why Appalachia is Bracing for an HIV Epidemic

If the rising rates of Hepatitis C are any indication, states in the Appalachian region may soon see an outbreak of HIV diagnoses. Research suggests that levels of intravenous drug use are particularly high throughout the region, and officials expect to see those numbers continue to climb.

The epidemic of people using needles to get high brings with it many dangers, and few solutions are obvious.

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Hepatitis Prevention: Get These Essential Facts

World Hepatitis Day is July 28th, making now the perfect time to focus on ways that you can help protect yourself and your community against this dangerous illness.

Preventing against hepatitis is an important step in preserving your overall health. Here are some steps that will help you do just that.

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The Basics on Hepatitis

You might know that May is Hepatitis Awareness Month — but do you know the basics on hepatitis, including tips for prevention?

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump right into the details.

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STDs and Cancer Risk: How Does Sexual Health Affect Overall Health?

In 2012, President Barack Obama declared April as Cancer Control Month, a time to spotlight and celebrate the many advancements in cancer treatment, including important prevention efforts such as cancer screenings.

Although most people are very aware of cancer and its affects on people, many are not aware of how their actions and other aspects of their health can increase their cancer risk. When it comes to your sexual health and cancer risk, you should be aware that contracting an STD can increase your risk for many types of cancer.

Here’s the low-down on STDs and cancer risk.

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STD Rates on the Rise Among Senior Citizens

STDs are often thought of as a problem for younger generations to deal with. After all, isn’t most unsafe sex practiced by young adults? Surely, older generations are more aware of the dangers of STDs and how to protect themselves from the spread of infectious sexual diseases.

It seems these assumptions aren’t true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STD rates among senior citizens are on the rise. In fact, their STD rates have increased enough to tie young adults aged 20 – 24 for the largest increase in STDs over 4 years. As senior citizens are living longer, healthier lives, their sexual activity has increased, leading to a rise in STD rates.

Are you a sexually active senior citizen? In addition to hepatitis C, there are a number of STDs your generation is spreading. Educate yourself on STD rates among your age group and learn how you can stop the spread.

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