08-22-2016_The-Top-5-States-in-the-U

The Top 5 States in the U.S. for Chlamydia

You might know that chlamydia is one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases in the country, but did you know where it makes the most impact in the United States? Looking at data from the CDC’s most recent STD Surveillance Report, the top ranked states in the country for this common and curable…

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The Continuing Climb of Syphilis in the United States

Cases of syphilis date back to the 15th century at least, and this potentially crippling infection was proposed to affect such famous figures as Mozart, Van Gogh and James Joyce. This sexually transmitted infection saw a peak rate of infection nationwide and a decade later, that rate decreased by nearly 90%. It was a fair…

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HIV + Positive: Magic Johnson Turns 57

Earlier this month, famed basketball superstar and activist Earvin “Magic” Johnson turned 57 years old. Magic Johnson famously retired from the NBA in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV. He has been living with the virus now for 25 years, an accomplishment which at the time which seemed impossible. Since his retirement as a professional…

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International AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban, South Africa

“When the world comes together – we can change lives.” This powerful phrase was spoken by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon at the International AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban, South Africa. This past July 18 to July 22, medical industry leaders, government officials and more converged for the now biennial event presented by the International AIDS…

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Louisiana Flooding Could Lead to Zika Virus Increase

Over the weekend, there were massive floods in southern Louisiana that have claimed lives and left tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes. A concern raised by several medical professionals in wake of this flooding is the potential for the spread of mosquitoes and a potential Zika virus increase. Other medical professionals insist…

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STD Myth Exposed: Can You Get Chlamydia Twice?

A very common misconception about STDs is that if you’ve gotten it once, then you cannot contract it again. Unfortunately, that simply is not true. Some STDs, such as herpes or HIV, are viral. While manageable with long term treatment, the virus will remain in your body for the rest of your life. Other STDs,…

08-08-2016_How-Olympic-Athletes-Prepared-for-Zika-Scare

How Olympic Athletes Prepared for Zika Scare

With the 2016 Rio Olympics well underway, the Zika scare continues to be a hot button topic of discussion. Many athletes have taken extreme measures to protect themselves against the virus. The United States Olympic Committee is providing all American athletes with an unlimited amount of insect repellent. The Olympic organizers in Rio have been…

08-08-2016_HPV-Vaccine-Causing-Decrease-in-Virus

HPV Vaccine Causing Decrease in Virus

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study which found that HPV vaccines were having a serious impact on the prevalence of HPV in teenage girls and young women. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection and several strains of the virus can lead to serious…

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STDs and Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know

August is a month of building health awareness. Not only is it National Immunization Awareness Month but it is also National Breastfeeding Month. Breast milk can help nourish and develop a child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list numerous benefits to an infant’s health directly related to breastfeeding including stronger immune systems, a…

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Zika Reports from Florida Mosquitoes

It was announced last week that 4 people contracted the Zika virus in Florida from local mosquitoes. These are believed to be the first instances of Zika being transmitted to a person by mosquito in the United States. This week, there were an additional 10 cases announced. This recent development has sparked concern among health…