November is National Healthy Skin Month

The American Academy of Dermatology, or AAD, first designated November as healthy skin month in order to build awareness about the importance of keeping skin fresh, hydrated and healthy all year round. While there are many health issues that can cause skin problems, we’d like to take a look at some of the STDs that…


STD Myths Exposed: Can I Get Herpes from a Toilet Seat?

We’ve all heard the rumors before. Somehow, some friend of a friend got genital herpes from sitting on the toilet seat in a public restroom. It sounds like a myth, but many people believe this urban legend. So, let’s explore how plausible this scenario could be. According to the CDC, genital herpes is an STD…


Researchers Determine The Largest Risk Factor For HIV Transmission

In 2011, the journal Science named the discovery that HIV medication may not only treat the disease, but also lower a person’s risk of spreading it to an unaffected partner as the scientific breakthrough of the year. One of the keys to fighting HIV is determining how to prevent transmission, and in order to do that scientists are learning new things about how this sexually transmitted infection (STI) operates inside the body.


Scientists Identify Gene Associated With Cold Sore Severity

Recently, researchers from the Utah School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have identified a specific gene that affects how severe a person’s cold sore will be. Their results could lead to the creation of more effective medications to treat cold sores not only in herpes patients, but everyone who experiences common cold sores.


“Am I a Herpes Carrier?”

If you’ve ever been tested for an STD, you know how nerve-wracking it can be to wait for the results…and when the results come back negative, it’s a huge relief. But what if you find out that – while you have tested negative – your monogamous partner has tested positive? Then, years later, it happens…