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Spotlight: Hepatitis

The term “hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is considered a vital organ because it filters blood, processes nutrients and battles infection. The functions of the liver are affected by inflammation and damaged tissue. While hepatitis can be caused by alcoholism, toxins or some medications, it is usually caused by a virus. The…

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Zika Can Transfer from Women to Men through Sex

Until last week it was believed that Zika virus could only be sexually transmitted from man to woman. The first case of female to male transmission of Zika has been reported in New York City. On July 15, 2016, the Center for Disease Control announced the report as well as their belief that this news…

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Syphilis Rates Rising in Bakersfield and Kern County

For the past several years, the rate of reported syphilis cases has been on the rise in drastic numbers in Kern County. Throughout California, local cases of syphilis have increased an average of 24% year over year since 2012. A recent report from the Kern County Network for Children showcased the dramatic rise in STDs…

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Prince Harry Takes HIV Test

In an effort to build awareness of the world’s fight against the spread of HIV, England’s Prince Harry took an HIV test live on Facebook. This comes ahead of the 21st Annual International AIDS Conference to be held July 14-18 in Durban, South Africa. Prince Harry will be attending the conference. The Facebook video, which…

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HIV + Positive: The Legacy of Pedro Zamora

It was 1994 and MTV was about to debut the third season of its hit reality show, The Real World. This season would be different though as it would also introduce to America one of the first openly gay, HIV positive men in popular media named Pedro Zamora. Zamora would lose his life to the…

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STD Myth Exposed: Do Pap Tests Check for STDs?

Many women believe when they have a Pap smear test, they are also being tested for STDs. This isn’t always the case. While it is true that a doctor may collect fluids at the time of a Pap smear test for the purpose of running additional testing, it does not mean that they are testing…

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Zika Fears Cause Athletes to Skip Olympics

The sports world was shocked this past week when number one ranked golfer Jason Day withdrew his name from the 2016 Olympic Games. “The reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it might present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future…

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Antibiotics Overused for Potential STDs

A recent study by St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center suggests antibiotics are being overprescribed to emergency room patients suspected of sexually transmitted diseases. The same study found that three-quarters of those patients treated did not test positive for any STD. Genital cultures are often collected when symptoms of possible STDs exist, but results are…

7-5-2016_Spotlight--Syphilis

Spotlight: Syphilis

Some people hear about syphilis and they think about the past. After all, syphilis has been around for centuries with a cure having been produced less than 80 years ago. Most people might not think of this STD as a threat but as bacteria becomes more resistant to certain treatments, the infection is making a…

6-27-2016_stdMythOralSex

STD Myth Exposed: Oral Sex and STDs

Have you ever been told by a friend that you can’t get an STD from oral sex? This could be the most dangerous myth out in the world about STD transmission because it is completely false. In fact, STDs spread just as easily through oral sex as they do through other forms of sex such…