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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STDs are Incredibly Common - So Why The Stigma?

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

By Natalia Gurevich, SWHR Communications Intern Chlamydia, herpes, HIV - I could go on. I'm sure most of these terms sound familiar to the majority o...

A Women's Sexual Health Call-to-Action for Men

Lawrence Swiader | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Lawrence Swiader

National Women's Health Week is an excellent time for me to make a pitch to all men to take a more active role in the health of the women they love. The hardest part about having discussions about human sexuality is just getting started. Use the week to have one conversation. I promise that it gets easier.

How to Discuss Your Sexual History with a New Partner

Em & Lo | Posted 05.03.2016 | Women
Em & Lo

We're not going to candy-coat it: The talk will be awkward as hell. Though not as awkward as a surprise case of herpes. Just don't make us pull out the cliche that if you're comfortable enough to get naked and grind with a new partner then you should be comfortable enough to talk with them.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie About Contraception, Too

David A. Grimes | Posted 01.18.2016 | Women
David A. Grimes

A Crisis Pregnancy Center in Chicago Source: Visviva Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) lie about abortion to dissuade women from exercising their ...

Sex and Drugs, No Rock and Roll: Straight Talk in Group Therapy

Joanna Charnas | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

Naming the dangerous, irresponsible, and sometimes illegal activities people use to cope when they're distressed is important during group therapy. Su...

Everything You Think You Know About Herpes Is Wrong

Health.com | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Health.com

By Kristine Thomason Hate to break it to you, but you probably have herpes. Turns out, nearly two-thirds of the global population is infected with h...

Think You Might Have An STD? There's An App For That

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Planned Parenthood launched a pilot program for at-home STD testing in California this week. It allows women (and men!) to be screened to for chlamydi...

Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tinder

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps...

Ebola: The Overlooked Sexually Transmitted Disease

Mardia Stone | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Mardia Stone

It is documented that Ebola virus remains in the sperm and breast milk of survivors, for up to 90 days or longer, indicating that the virus is sexually and maternally transmitted. Aid agencies distribute condoms to men who recovered from Ebola, disregarding reported failures in adherence to "don't have sex for 3 months."

The Too-Well-Kept Secret to Preventing STDs

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 05.21.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Women with recurrences of chlamydia are at increased risk of potentially heartbreaking consequences, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Fortunately, doctors have a powerful strategy to prevent reinfection -- but we're not yet making the most of it.

Why Sex Ed Is a Matter of Public Health

Dr. Gloria Brame | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Dr. Gloria Brame

We don't need studies to tell us that people who don't understand how to prevent pregnancy end up either as underage parents or abortion statistics. The key to reducing the need for abortions is reducing the number of pregnancies.

5 Reasons to Get Yourself Tested for STDs

Joan Malin | Posted 06.04.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

Everyone deserves a sex life that is safe and healthy. Many sexually active young people may not realize that getting tested is part of basic preventive health care and can actually help improve their sex lives. Here are five things that young people should know about getting tested and STDs:

This Valentine's Day, It's Time for Real Sex Ed for NYC

Joan Malin | Posted 04.14.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

As a leading sexual health care provider in New York City, Planned Parenthood of New York City knows all too well that the gaps that remain in New York City's sexual health education have a significant impact on young people's wellbeing.

Super-Cheap Gadget Tests For HIV Using Your Smartphone

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 02.11.2015 | Technology

Testing for certain sexually transmitted diseases -- including HIV -- just got a whole lot easier.

Rx for Infidelity: When Infidelity Has Invaded Your Head, Heart and Sexual Health

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 03.18.2015 | Divorce
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

There are many residual wounds that linger long after the affair for all couples but if the cheated-on person was given an STD this has many deeper layers of anger, hurt and betrayal, which further exacerbate the experience of infidelity.

Lila Shapiro

Are Hookup Apps Fueling A Spike In Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

More gay men in the U.S. and abroad are testing positive for certain STDS, and sites like Grindr are catching the heat. This week, British public h...

Why Gay Men Make Great Hosts

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Terrell

As gay men have become more liberated--open about their sexuality and interested in exploring the extents of its expression--they have become increasingly at risk for infection.

5 STDs You Should Worry About More Than Ebola

Em & Lo | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Next time you sleep with someone new, think about asking them to discuss their sexual history -- when they were last tested, what STDs they have had or still have, if they always use condoms, etc.

An Important HIV Prevention Option

Karen E. Mark, MD, PhD | Posted 12.01.2014 | San Francisco
Karen E. Mark, MD, PhD

Approximately 5,000 Californians become newly infected with HIV every year -- almost 14 every day. These HIV infections are preventable using tools that we currently have available, and PrEP is one of these important tools.

This STD Has Had A Troubling Surge Among Gay And Bisexual Men

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By David Beasley ATLANTA, May 8 (Reuters) - Syphilis, a sexually transmitted venereal disease, is rising among gay and bisexual men af...

Not-So-Safe Secrets in the Age of No Secrets

Zandile Mqwathi | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Zandile Mqwathi

Having been diagnosed with HIV eight years ago as a young woman, I have learned some lessons in the dating scene, especially the sensitive issue of sharing the secret or hiding it.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

'Honey, We Need to Talk' -- Facing That Dreaded STD Conversation

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

As we approach National STD Awareness Month in April, it's important to address what for many people can be a hugely anxiety-provoking conversation: s...

Positive Statuses and Challenges From a Dating Perspective

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Preetam Kaushik

In a world that is obsessed with fitness, six-pack-abs, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, there is something more imperative that's been taking a ...

Oral HPV and Throat Cancer -- What You Need to Know

Jen Landa, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jen Landa, M.D.

Remember, there's a high probability that if you have been sexually active, you have or have had HPV. Get screened, prevent transmission of the virus with barrier protection, support your immune system and consider vaccinations for your kids or if you are in the appropriate age range.