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Montgomery, Alabama: The STD Capital of America

According to the CDC, the city with the most reported STDs per capita in the country is Montgomery, Alabama. Published by the CDC in a ranking of the most sexual diseased cities, the data is based upon rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported in 2009 through 2015. That study finds the rate of these…

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STD Myths Exposed: Two Condoms are Better Than One

It is important to use protection during sexual intercourse. When used properly, latex condoms are an excellent measure to take when protecting yourself from STDs and unwanted pregnancy. Condoms are often viewed as a simple and effective tool for sexual protection. It is this thinking that caused today’s myth to rise into prevalence. Certainly though,…

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Spotlight: Human Papillomavirus, Better Known as HPV

The most common STD is human papillomavirus, better known as HPV or by its most common symptom, genital warts. The CDC believes that HPV is so common that almost all sexually active people will contract the virus at some point in their lives. The first thing to know is how HPV spreads. The infection is…

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Superhero Sidekick Fights Crime Living with HIV

In 2016, six blockbuster films will be released based on superhero comic books. In addition, there are eight television shows still being produced with origins inside of comic books. This genre of entertainment has grown to be one of the most lucrative in show business and has garnered the largest audiences worldwide. That’s why this…

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. The word “hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can become life-long infections of the liver and can lead to many more serious conditions such as liver damage, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. People with chronic hepatitis have the greatest risk of liver cancer…

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Scientists Warn of New “Super Gonorrhea”

It isn’t the best news to hear that you have contracted a sexually transmitted infection. It is even worse to find out that you have become infected with something that cannot be cured. Herpes, HIV, and Hepatitis B are all viruses and by nature of being a virus cannot be cured.  Now, there is a…

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Minnesota STD Rate Climbs to a Record High

The Land of 1,000 Lakes has seen a severe increase in reported STD cases over the past five years. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the rate of STDs increased by a full third since 2010. Three infections causing the drastic rise include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. The Rise of STDs in Minnesota Chlamydia…

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New Research Suggests an HIV Vaccine Could Be on the Way

The HIV vaccine has been under development for the last 3 decades and promises to stem the tide of the new incidence of HIV positive patient in the US and globally. Approximately 2 million people contract the disease and 1.4 million people die from this disease each each. Vaccine development has been hampered by finding…

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Zika Virus Spreads Through Sexual Contact

The significance of this announcement means that for the first time, an individual has contracted the Zika virus without traveling outside of the United States. Dallas County Health and Human Services ( DCHHS ) was able to confirm that this patient was infected after having sexual contact with an individual who developed symptoms after returning from a trip to Venezuela. The individual from Venezuela is also infected with the virus.

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Public Schools Fail At Educating When It Comes To Sex Ed

In an associated press release, Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, had this to say, “We need to do a better job of giving our young people the skills and knowledge they need to protect their own health. It’s important to teach students about healthy relationships and how to reduce sexual risk before they start to have sex.”