What Does “Undetectable” HIV Mean?

“My HIV is undetectable”. This can be a divisive phrase in the HIV/AIDS community and it rightly heralds great celebration as well. What exactly does it mean? Let’s review the facts. 1. It’s as close to a cure as it gets. According to the CDC, undetectable HIV is when a positive patient, linked to antiretroviral…


Do You Know Your Partner’s Sexual History?

“When you have sex with someone, you are actually having sex with every person they have had sex with before.” In America, this is a common phrase in sexual health education. It warns of the dangers that come with not knowing the sexual history of your partner. You may think you have a clean bill…


Javier Munoz, Hamiltons Newest Star, is HIV Positive

“Hamilton” is a cultural sensation that’s captured the imagination of the country. Sweeping the Tony Awards by taking home 11 statuettes, the immensely talented cast and riveting story continue to engage audience goers, even with creator and star Lin Manuel Miranda giving his last performance this past July. Stepping into the staggeringly large shoes of…


3 Oscar Winning Films that Explore HIV

Sometimes a film can inspire change. If a film brings attention to an issue that is being ignored or shows a side to an story that most would have never known, it can make an enormous impact on society. There have been many films about HIV/AIDS since the 1980s. A few of these films have…


Spotlight: Pubic Lice

Public lice, often referred to as “crabs,” are small, six-legged creatures that infest hair in the pubic region of the body. These creatures can also infest other parts of the body but are most commonly transferred from one person to another during sexual contact. Pubic lice can be transmitted other ways as well, including through…


3 American Icons Who Suffered from Syphilis

Syphilis rates have been on the rise across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, syphilis case reports have increased over 15% since 2013. What is unusual about this statistic is that syphilis was nearly eliminated in the U.S. only a few decades ago when penicillin was discovered. Syphilis is…


Is It a Yeast Infection or an STD?

A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that can cause irritation, discharge and itching or burning of the genitals. It is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida. This type of infection affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetime. STDs can sometimes mimic the symptoms of…


3 Common Questions about Trich

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trichomoniasis, often referred to as “trich”, is the most common curable STD in the United States. An estimated 3.7 million Americans have the infection but many do not realize it. The CDC believe that only about 30% of people with trichomoniasis ever develop symptoms. This infection…


What to Do if Your Partner Tests Positive

It can be a scary moment when a sexual partner informs you that they have been diagnosed with an STD. The worry about what you should do next can be strong. After all, there is a possibility that if your partner has tested positive for an STD, you may test positive for it as well….


Spotlight: Mycoplasma Genitalium

Sometimes our patients ask about something called Mycoplasma genitalium. New studies have shown that this infection could be quite common. As a result of these studies, mycoplasma genitalium is getting more attention. So, what is it? Mycoplasma genitalium is a pathogenic bacteria that lives in the urinary and genital tracts of human beings. It was…