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STDs & Donating Blood: Need to Know

Donating blood is a simple way to make a huge difference. You can help a friend, a family member, or even a total stranger during a life-threatening situation. Before donating blood, keep a few things in mind because not everyone is eligible to donate blood. Sometimes, having an STD within the past twelve months can disqualify you from donating. Continue reading “STDs & Donating Blood: Need to Know” »

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Dealing With Syphilis

A diagnosis of syphilis may feel devastating but living with it isn’t that difficult — it’s also totally curable over time. However, the stigma associated with a sexually transmitted disease can affect self-esteem and make individuals feel embarrassed. A majority of patients do not get proper treatment because of the stigma attached to this sexually transmitted disease. Continue reading “Dealing With Syphilis” »

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Herpes Signs and Treatments

Among people aged 14 to 49, an estimated one in six people have the herpes simplex virus infection. Read on for more information about herpes signs and treatments. Continue reading “Herpes Signs and Treatments” »

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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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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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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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Why Teens Aren’t Understanding STD Basics 

An initiative to provide emergency contraceptives to teenagers in the United Kingdom has backfired somewhat because an increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has been reported.

Teens in the UK clearly don’t understand STD basics or else they would be concerned about unwanted pregnancies and diseases such as HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes.

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