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How to Keep Your Cold Sores from Spreading

Has an unsightly cold sore kept you from leaving the house? Do you want to learn ways to prevent the virus from spreading? If you do, there are some easy options for you to try.

The herpes simplex virus — also known as cold sores and fever blisters — often appear on the face, normally around the lips, nose, cheeks, chin, and even the inside of a person’s mouth. The virus is easily spread to other parts of the body as well as other people because there is no known treatment.

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College Students: Focus on Your Sexual Health

As the fall semester approaches, buying textbooks, moving into the dorm, and meeting new or reuniting with old friends are probably at the top of most students’ minds.

One topic that more students should be concerned with, though, is their sexual health, particularly when it comes to avoiding the spread of STDs.

During college, students are faced with many important decisions that affect their sexual health. Here are our tips to help you make the most informed decisions.

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Four Reasons You Need to Get Tested for HIV Today

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All too often, people only think about the fun part of having sex, not the repercussions. Engaging in sexual relationships comes with many responsibilities that people often fail to think about.

One responsibility that comes with sex is keeping yourself and others free from harmful diseases such as HIV. According to some reports, as many as 20 percent of the people who have HIV don’t know it.

Fortunately, people can pursue HIV testing to help combat the spread of this potentially devastating disease. Here are some reasons why HIV testing is so vital for safeguarding your health.

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What Increases Men’s STD Risk?

Today marks the start of National Men’s Health Week, a time for men (and women!) to learn more about men’s health risks and their prevention strategies, detection, and treatment.

To celebrate this important awareness week and help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, we’re sharing information on what increases men’s STD risk.

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Reducing STD Rates in Your Community

June 1 – 7 is celebrated as Community Health Improvement Week across the United States. It’s a time for you to get involved with your area’s health and wellness efforts, including lowering STD rates in your community.

How can you help prevent the spread of STDs in your area? Here are our tips for stopping the rise of STD rates in your community.

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Older Americans: STDs Are Your Problem, Too

STDs. Most people associate those four letters with younger generations. Partying, bed-hopping, and unsafe sex practices lead to STDs, right? Those aren’t behaviors associated with older people, so it’s thought that adults needn’t be concerned with STDs and their repercussions.

Research has shown that these assumptions aren’t the truth, and that they can actually be dangerous, as they can lead to higher rates of STDs among adults.

Here’s why you should still care about STD prevention, even if you don’t think they affect you.

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New STD Screening Recommendations for Women

Women, you may be familiar with the commonly-accepted STD screening recommendations. Well, get ready to learn some new guidelines — if the changes proposed by a recent federal task force are approved, soon women may be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea more than in the past.

Although no decisions have been finalized, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force seems poised to move their new recommendations forward to America’s physicians. Read more about the Force’s recent draft of STD screening recommendations below.

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Is an HIV Cure on the Horizon?

Three years ago, just 30 hours after her birth, doctors gave a newborn girl high doses of three antiretroviral drugs designed to treat her HIV infection. Although she has been off the medication for almost two years, the girl’s infection has yet to resurface – a fact that scientists are calling a breakthrough in HIV treatment.

Now, a second child’s success is pointing toward a possible HIV cure, raising hope that this potentially fatal STD won’t continue to be spread during birth.

How did doctors come upon this treatment? Here are all the details about the promising HIV cure.

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How to Prevent Your Kids From Getting STDs

As a parent, you probably worry the most about your kids getting STDs in their teenage years and early adulthood. So much weight is put on having the safe sex talk and monitoring your teens’ activities to ensure that they’re not engaging in risky behaviors.

Yet recent research has shown that a focus on the early years of childhood can have a key impact on an individual’s risk of getting STDs. Various environmental factors can have an effect on a teenager’s early entrance into sexual activity, leading to an increased risk of STDs.

What did the study reveal about the connection between STDs and young adulthood? Parents, read on to learn about helping your children lower their risk of contracting STDs.

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Student Health & Safe Sex: Why College Students Need STD Testing

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re focusing on healthy relationships this month, starting with college students. Although Trojan’s 2013 report card reveals that some colleges are excelling in terms of sexual health, overall STDs are still on the rise among college-aged adults.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that gonorrhea and chlamydia rates are highest among 15 and 24-year olds, at 58% and 69% respectively. Overall, gonorrhea cases have risen 4.1% since 2011, and chlamydia 0.7% since 2011.

If these rates aren’t alarming enough, consider that they only include self-reported cases — meaning that thousands of STD infections could be slipping through the cracks. With serious long-term consequences at stake — including infertility, higher risk of HIV, and even death — it’s key that college-aged adults understand the importance of STD testing.

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