Antibiotic-resistant Gonorrhea Hits North America

“Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea is coming,” was the ominous statement of Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, surveillance team leader in the division of sexually transmitted disease prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last month, a strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea appeared in Canada marking the first appearance of this problem reaching the North American mainland. This new… Read More

Outbreak of Hepatitis A

Outbreak of Hepatitis A in Santa Cruz

News reports indicate there have been 65 people infected with hepatitis A in Santa Cruz, CA since April of this year. Of the people who have been affected by this outbreak, most are homeless or considered to be drug users. This has local health officials concerned. Local health officials have released some information about the… Read More

Why is Gonorrhea Also Called “The Clap?”

Why is Gonorrhea Also Called “The Clap?”

Have you ever heard of an STD being referred to by a nickname? There are many terms out in the world and it can sometimes be confusing as to where some of these slang terms originated. Gonorrhea, for example, has a few slang terms associated with it. Most notably, gonorrhea is often referred to as… Read More

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Can Genital Herpes Spread From One Body Part to Another?

Can Genital Herpes Spread From One Body Part to Another?

When you hear about genital herpes you may feel uncomfortable. It can be a difficult subject to discuss. Many people don’t actually understand what genital herpes is or how it spreads. Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses, herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2. The Centers… Read More

How HIV Becomes AIDS

Many people assume that HIV and AIDS are the exact same thing. While it is true that HIV can eventually lead into AIDS, it is not always true that if you contract HIV you will also develop AIDS. Let’s take a look at how HIV and AIDS work: HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is an… Read More