Bacteria vs Virus: What’s the Difference in These STDs?

There are several different causes for an STD. If you find yourself diagnosed with one, you will want to know if the infection is bacterial or viral. The difference between the two is key to understanding treatment. Some STDs can be cured while others, sadly, will be in your system for life. STDs caused by…

Surprising Link Between Gonorrhea and Mouthwash

When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, rumors tend to abound, ranging from their cause, how they are spread, how they are treated…basically, it’s incredibly easy to get misinformed. Naturally, when news of a study looking into the impact of oral antiseptic, aka mouthwash, on the elimination of oral gonorrhea bacteria, it’s easy to wonder…

Is An Overseas Trip a Good Reason to Get Tested?

International travelers who engage in casual sex are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 20% of travelers claim to have engaged in sex with a new partner while in a foreign country. Many people visit other countries and find themselves willing to participate in…

Female Condoms: Taking Control of Your Sexual Health

“The female condom is one of the only forms of barrier contraception that allows women to be in control over their own sexual health… A female condom is a barrier contraceptive device used with the intent of preventing pregnancy and the transmission of STDs. The female condom is a thin, loose-fitting sheath with a flexible…

Spotlight: Neurosyphilis

Neurosyphilis is an infection of either the brain or the spinal cord. It usually occurs in people who have had chronic, untreated syphilis, usually about 10 to 20 years after first infection and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can develop in patients who are not treated. While the majority of patients…

What Can a Pap Test Detect?

Pap smears, also known as Pap tests, are procedures that screen for cervical cancer.  A Pap test is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all women between the ages of 21 and 65 years old. During the procedure, cells from your cervix are obtained using a small brush and then examined…

Baby Boomers At Higher Risk For Hepatitis C

Anyone is capable of contracting hepatitis C, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention some people are more likely to have this infection. The CDC claims that people born between 1945 and 1965, often referred to as baby boomers, are 5 times more likely to have this infection. It is recommended that…

How You Can Fight STD Stigma in 2017

Ways to Stop STD Stigma in 2017 2016 was a difficult year for many, including those that are most vulnerable to judgment and scrutiny based on their positive status for HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. That’s why we’re gathering some of the simplest, effective and compassionate ways we know that can help fight…

Sexual Health Risks in 2017

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted several key health threats they will be focusing on in 2017. Among those, several directly relate to your sexual health and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Let’s take a look at two of these health risks and talk about how you can be better prepared…

Japan Uses Iconic Sailor Moon to Promote STD Screenings

Japan has found a new response to the rising rates of STDs. The country has begun utilizing iconic anime character Sailor Moon in a new campaign to raise awareness about STD risks. “Sailor Moon,” created by Naoko Takeuchi, made its TV debut in 1992. The adventures of a group of magical schoolgirls have been aired…