Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

California's 30 Day Testing Rule for Adult Film Stars
California has a multi-billion dollar adult film industry that provides many performers with a good living. This necessitates regular testing for STDs.

Herpes Dementia and Big Love
In Season 5, the HBO show Big Love tackled the question of herpes-related dementia. They could have done a better job.

Endemic Disease Definition and Examples
People will sometimes describe a disease as endemic. This article explains what an endemic disease is.

The Long-Term Risks of Untreated Chlamydia
What happens if a chlamydia infection goes untreated? What are the long term side effects? It can affect your health, your fertility, and the health of your future children.

What is gender essentialism?
Gender essentialism assumes that women and men are inherently different, and should be treated accordingly by society.

What is the relationship between toxoplasmosis and HIV?
Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that is more commonly problematic in individuals with HIV.

Is Anal Cancer Preventable?
Anal cancer is a preventable illness. Learn what you should be thinking about to reduce your risk.

Why You Have to Wait for an STD Blood Test
Many STD blood tests aren't accurate until at least a few weeks after you have been infected with a virus. This article will help you understand why you have to wait.

How Long Should I Wait for STD Testing?
When you may have been exposed to an STD, your head can spin. Find out the answers to when you can get tested, how long tests take, how accurate they are and more.

Does Period Sex Increase the Risk of Getting an STD?
Does having sex during a woman's period increase the risk of getting an STD? The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it's not quite so straightforward.

Window Period - Waiting for STD Testing
The window period refers to the time between when you are infected with a disease and when you will test positive.

How Does a Western Blot HIV Test Work?
A Western blot is often used as part of an HIV testing protocol, generally to confirm the results of other HIV tests. Here's how this test works, and what an indeterminate test result means.

Zombies and Sex - Is Zombieism an STD?
After the zombie apocalypse comes, will condoms save you from becoming one of the zombie horde?

Sexual Agency - Making Decisions and Acting on Them
In discussions of sexual health, agency and self efficacy have similar meanings.

What Does It Mean When Couples Are Fluid Bonded?
Some couples consider it a sign of relationship closeness to stop practicing safer sex. This is occasionally referred to as fluid bonding or being fluid bonded.

What is gaslighting, and what does it have to do with sexual risk?
Gaslighting is a form of manipulation where one person works to make another person stop trusting their own judgement.

HPV Transmission from Fisting and Fingering
I was recently asked whether it was possible to get HPV from someone fingering or fisting you without wearing a glove.

Telling someone you have an STD is hard, here's why...
There are many reasons your partner may not have told you that she or he had an STD. Some of them are better than others.

Definition, Meaning and Examples of PIV Sex
Sex educators often talk about PIV - penis in vagina - sex as a risk factor for STD transmission

How Do I Get Tested For Herpes?
It is possible to get tested for herpes. However, the method of testing depends on whether or not you are currently having an outbreak.

Does My Doctor Regularly Do STD Testing on Me?
Many people think that their doctor routinely checks them for stds as part of their annual exam. They're probably wrong.

Definition of Socioeconomic Status (SES)
Socioeconomic status can often have profound effects on a person's health.

Can I Get the HPV Vaccine If I'm an Older Woman?
If you're a woman over the age of 26 or an older man, is it still possible to get the HPV vaccine? Maybe, with some caveats.

What Are the Different Types of Free STD Clinics?
There are several different types of free STD clinic; however, they all basically serve the same purpose.

Recognizing Fake Cures for Herpes and HIV
How do you know that an advertised drug is really just a novel form of snake oil? By the fact that it claims to cure herpes, cure HPV, or cure HIV. To date, there is absolutely no data that a drug which can do any of these things exists.

A Buyers Guide for Choosing a Condom
Although lubricated, latex condoms are relatively all purpose standbys, they may not be the best condom for all occasions.

What is Cunnilingus?
Cunnilingus is oral sex performed on a woman. It's also referred to as

How To Find a Free STD Clinic
How can you find your local free STD clinic? It's not difficult. If you follow a few easy steps, you can usually find a free STD clinic that is convenient to your home or work.

Is There Any Evidence That Resolve Herpes Is a Cure?
Resolve Herpes advertises itself as a surefire cure for genital herpes . However, there's no data suggesting that's true. It's just snake oil.

Myths About Safe Sex and Disease
Learn about the top 10 misconceptions people have about why they don't need to practice safer sex, and the facts that disprove them.

Are There Any STDs That Cause Infertility?
Left untreated, sexually transmitted diseases can affect your ability to have children. Pelvic inflammatory disease is a leading cause of preventable infertility

Is Sex With a Virgin Automatically Safe?
Some people think that if they have sex with a virgin that they can't get an STD and the virgin can't get pregnant. They're wrong.

Overview of HIV/AIDS - Sexually Transmitted Diseases
HIV is a virus, but AIDS is a definition. HIV-positive individuals can stay healthy for years, or even decades, before they become sick enough to receive an AIDS diagnosis. Learn about HIV/AIDS here.

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An Overview of HPV, Cervical Cancer, and Genital Warts
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts, as well as several reproductive and systemic cancers.

Molluscum Contagiosum is a Poorly Understood STD
Molluscum contagiosum can be sexually transmitted, although it is far more often seen in children. Learn more.

What is The Difference Between HIV and AIDS?
Many people don't understand the difference between HIV and AIDS. HIV is a virus; AIDS is a definition

Is Chlamydia Caused By Bacteria or A Virus?
Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium that sometimes acts more like a virus. This type of microorganism is also known as an obligate intracellular parasite. Find out more about what causes Chlamydia here.

Is There a Cure for Herpes? - Herpes Micro-RNA Research
News reports are always suggesting that a herpes cure might be just beyond the horizon. However, although there is hope that researchers could develop a cure for herpes in the future, it probably won't happen in the next few years.

The Stigma STDs Have in Society
It's bad enough being diagnosed with an STD, but it's even worse when people start judging you for that diagnosis.

Safe Use of Flavored Condoms
Flavored condoms were developed to spice up your oral sex life, however you'll want to be sure that you're not using a novelty item.

Safe Sex Tips for Women Who Don't Like Condoms
People think that men are the only people who sometimes dislike condoms. However, some women dislike them as well. Fortunately, there are workarounds.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Clitoridectomy
Female genital mutilation is supposed to protect women from the side effects of promiscuity. It doesn't work.

STDs in Sex and the City

Men Having Sex With Men on the Down Low
Men on the down low are men who sleep with other men while in relationships with women. Learn why this happens, and the sexual hazards associated with down low lifestyles.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) & Female Infertility
Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, can be a long-term consequence of several STDs. Not only can PID cause intense discomfort, worldwide it is a leading cause of preventable infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

Cold Sores are Also Known as Oral Herpes or HSV-1
Cold sores are herpes too, so why is it that they are so much less stigmatized than genital herpes? Understand the differences, and similarities, between the two conditions.

Douching is bad for your vaginal health. Learn why.
Douching may seem like a good idea, but it can have unfortunate consequences. It can even spread infections from the vagina to the uterus.

Finding STD Treatment and Locating an STD Clinic
Worried you might have a sexually transmitted disease, but don't know where to get STD treatment? There are many affordable options you can explore.

The Most Common STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Wondering which are the most common STDs? Learn what sexually transmitted diseases you're most likely to be exposed to in the U.S.

Top 10 Risk Factors for Acquiring an STD
What social and biological factors put a person at increased risk of acquiring an STD? You may be more at risk because of your geographic location, your romantic habits, and any number of other reasons.

What Does a Positive Herpes IgG Blood Test Mean?
Herpes blood tests look for the body's reaction to a herpes infection rather than searching directly for the virus. To do this, they test for antibodies to herpes - either anti-herpes IgG or IgM.

Is Zika a Sexually Transmitted Disease?
Zika is primarily a mosquito borne virus. However, it can also be sexually transmitted. That's a concern for women considering pregnancy.

How Long Before I Test Positive For Genital Herpes?
People wonder how long it takes before they test positive on a genital herpes blood test if infected with the virus. There isn't a simple answer.

Lambskin Condoms are for Pregnancy Prevention Only
Lambskin condoms are an expensive way to protect yourself from pregnancy. They are not considered to be an effective way to prevent STDs.

What is a Primary Infection?
The definition of the term primary infection involves understanding the biology of the disease.

What Is Antibody Avidity? How Strongly Things Stick
Measuring antibody avidity is a way of determining how strongly antibodies bind.

How Do I Tell My Partner I Have Genital Herpes
When you have genital herpes, it can be very difficult to bring up your condition with a new romantic partner. Learn some tips for having this conversation.

How to Find Out if You Have an STD
STD testing is the only way to be certain whether or not you have an STD. Fortunately, tests are generally easy and painless. Learn more.

Where Can I Get an STD Test? - Medical Q&A
Where can you go for STD testing? What if your doctor is poorly informed about STD testing? How can you locate an STD clinic?

An Overview of Syphilis and Its Transmission
Syphilis may start by causing a painless rash, but if left untreated it can go all the way to your brain. It is spread by direct contact with a syphilis sore, usually during oral, vaginal, or anal sex.

Vegan (Casein-Free) Condoms Do Actually Exist
It would never have occurred to me that a condom wouldn't be vegan, many companies process their latex condoms using casein - a protein from milk.

When Should You Get Screened For STDs?
What STDs should you be tested for and how often? To some extent it depends on your individual risk factors, but some general guidelines are below.

What Is Disseminated Gonorrhea?
Growing problems with antibiotic resistant gonorrhea make these infections harder to treat, which can lead to disseminated, or full-body, infections.

How to Talk About Safe Oral Sex on a Woman
Although people often expect condoms for intercourse, many don't expect to use them for cunnilingus. How do you negotiate using a condom for oral sex?

Five Ways to Bring The (Safer) Sexy Back
Safe sex can, and should, be hot sex. It just means changing the way you think about condoms. They're not barriers to pleasure, they're gateways.

Putting On a Condom With Your Mouth Before Oral Sex
Have trouble convincing your partner to use a condom? Try putting it on with your mouth. Here's how.

Genital Warts and HPV Disease
Genital warts are one of the many diseases caused by HPV. Warts are very contagious through skin-to-skin contact.

Understanding Hepatitis B (HBV)
Hepatitis B is one of five types of hepatitis that can infect humans, and it can be sexually transmitted. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Viral STDs
Have a question about viral sexually transmitted diseases? All your frequently asked questions about viral STDs are aggregated right here.

STDs - Symptoms, Treatment, and Testing
Have a question about sexually transmitted diseases? All your frequently asked questions about STDs are aggregated right here.

Chlamydia Symptoms in Men and Women
Worried you might have chlamydia? Know someone who was recently diagnosed? Find out more about chlamydia here.

What is a vector in biology?
The word vector can have several different meanings in biology, but they're all related. A vector is something that helps transmit disease.

Urine Testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
In the bad old days, men who thought they might have chlamydia or gonorrhea were tested by swabbing their urethra and women had to undergo a pelvic exam. Fortunately, now the same diseases can be diagnosed much easier through urine testing.

What are Squamous Cells? Skin Cells at Risk of HPV
Squamous cells are a type of skin cell that can be affected by HPV related cancers. They are found on the cervix and in other body cavities.

What is Frottage or Dry Humping?
Frottage is the technical name for body rubbing. It is a sexual act that is also known as

How to Negotiate Making a Blowjob Into Safe Sex
Many people don't expect to use a condom for blowjobs or worry about safe oral sex. However, it's something you can negotiate.

How Do I Get Tested for Gonorrhea?
How do doctors diagnose gonorrhea? There are several test options.Usually the tests are based on either a swab or a urine sample.

Facts About Contracting Gonorrhea
Recently someone wrote to me asking how he and his partner could both have gonorrhea if they had been faithful to each other in the year since they'd been together. I asked him if they'd both been tested before beginning their relationship.

What is Gonorrhea... And Why Is It Called "The Clap"?
What is gonorrhea? This page will provide you with an introduction.

The Danger of Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea
Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea is on the rise. As strains become more resistant to treatment, there is a concern that one day we may have gonorrhea that can't be treated with antibiotics at all.

Fecal Oral Route for Transmission of Infection
Infections can be transmitted by blood, by air, or by other means - such as by the fecal oral route. That's true even for some STIs.

What are Universal Precautions?
Definition, examples, and overview of STD and infection control method developed in the 1990s, also known as standard precautions.

Why Can't Doctors Make a Cure for Herpes?
People are very upset that there's not yet a cure for herpes or an HIV vaccine. It's not that doctors aren't trying or they're hiding the cure.

Types of Herpes Treatments
There are several medications on the market that can be used to treat herpes. There are also alternative therapies of varying qualities.

What Causes Vaginal Itching?
A number of different conditions can cause vaginal itching. Sometimes it's caused by an STD, other times it's not. Most of the time, it takes a doctor to tell the difference.

Syphilis Treatment Recommendations
Syphilis is treated with specific types of penicillin, but oral penicillin should not be used in treatment. Here are the treatments this expert recommends.

How is Chancroid Typically Treated?
The standard treatment for chancroid is a round of antibiotics. If treatment is unsuccessful, however, your doctor may want to test for other STDs.

What is RNA/Ribonucleic Acid?
RNA is similar to DNA, but not precisely the same. Learn how ribonucleic acid functions in cells and about its different forms.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rare STDs
Have a question about rare sexually transmitted diseases? All your frequently asked questions about rare STDs are aggregated right here.

What Is a Finger Condom or Finger Cot?
A finger cot is a condom for your finger. Learn about why it is used for safer sex, how it can reduce STDs, and if people really use them.

Overview of Encephalitis and its Relationship to STDs
Encephalitis can be caused by several different types of infections. Learn more in this brief overview.

Condom Sizing Chart for Comfortability and Safety
There are lots of factors to think about when choosing a condom, and one of them is condom size.

Things to Stop Doing for Improved Sexual Health
There's no reason to be ruled by fear, but you should be smart about sex. Avoid these common bad habits in order to have a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Condoms - Everything You Ever Needed to Know
It's all very well and good for someone to tell you that you need to use a condom if you're going to have sex, but it's not quite that simple.

What Are The Symptoms of Gonorrhea?
The most common symptom of gonorrhea is urethral discharge.

What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is a type of central nervous system infection.

Do STDs Always Mean A Spouse Was Cheating?
When you find out that your wife has herpes or your husband has HIV, you may assume they've been cheating. They may have, but that's not always true.

Is It Possible to Have a Risk-Free One Night Stand?
You can’t actually have safe casual sex, but you can make your one night stand safer by following a few simple rules.

I Think I Have an STD. What Should I Do?
People often write to me when they think they might have an STD but don't know what to do next. This is what I tell them.

Meta-Analyses are Quantitative Reviews
A meta-analysis is a type of study that uses statistical techniques to analyze the results of other studies that have been previously published. It is also known as a quantitative review.

Instructions for Using a Male Condom
Learn the correct way to use a male condom to minimize the risks of accidental pregnancy and of spreading STDs.

What are the Treatments for Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics. Learn more about the different regimens that can be taken and about issues with treatment.

HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) Definition
The use of a combination of various antiretroviral drugs to improve HIV treatment.

Myth: Can't Transmit Genital Herpes When Symptom-Free
A lot of people believe that you can't give someone genital herpes if you don't have herpes symptoms. However, that's simply a dangerous sex myth.

Treatment Regimens for Chlamydia
Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. Learn about the two recommended​ regimens as well as alternative regimens.

How Do I Get Tested For Scabies?
The scabies rash is easily mistaken for other types of skin infections. Learn how a doctor may try to identify the presence of scabies mites.

How Do I Get Tested for HIV and AIDS?
Learn more about the different types of HIV tests, from the standard blood test to rapid tests to home tests, and how to find a testing location.

How Do I Get Tested for Hepatitis B/HBV?
Learn how to get tested for Hepatitis B and the three different types of blood tests used. There are also tests to monitor the progress of the disease.

How Do I Get Tested For Bacterial Vaginosis/BV?
Learn about the two ways healthcare providers can test and diagnose bacterial vaginosis as well as how at home tests work.

If I Still Have My Virginity, How Can I Have an STD?
Some people think that if they still have their virginity that they can't have an STD. However, the way that most people define virginity doesn't mean that they haven't had sex.

Talking To Your Teen About Sex
It's hard to talk to your teen about sex. However, not doing so doesn't stop teens from hearing about it. It just stops them from hearing about it from you.

Transgender Women: Why HIV Rates Are So High
Transgender women have been reported to be at disproportionately high risk of HIV. Are those rates real, and if so... why?

cART - What is Combination Antiretroviral Therapy?
Although for years, the standard term for HIV treatment was highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), that's changing. Many doctors now talk about cART -- combination antiretroviral therapy -- instead.

Polyisoprene Condoms for People With Latex Allergies
Polyisoprene condoms are the new latex-alternative on the market, and they're getting lots of positive reviews.

What is Herpes Encephalitis?
Herpes encephalitis is a rare but serious brain condition that can be caused by herpes infection. Learn more about this type of infection.

Are STD Test Results Always Right?
People sometimes wonder if STD tests have all the answers. If they, and if their partners ​have been screened, are they 100% safe from STDs?

What is a Retrovirus or RNA virus?
A retrovirus is a virus whose genes are encoded in RNA instead of DNA. Learn more about how a retrovirus works.

What Does It Mean to Have Drug Resistant HIV?
Sometimes individuals who have had difficulty with their HIV treatment discover it's because their virus has become drug resistant.

Antibiotic Resistance in Syphilis
Syphilis is becoming resistant to common antibiotics

What is a Serodiscordant Couple?
The term serodiscordant couple is usually used to refer to a relationship where one partner is living with HIV and the other is not.

The CDC Recommends Universal HIV Testing for Everyone
The CDC recommends that HIV testing be offered to everyone as part of their routine healthcare. This can reduce the number of new infections.

The Role of a Cohort Study in Observational Research
A cohort study is a study that follows a group of people over time.

Definition of Negative Predictive Value
The negative predictive value tells you how likely it is that you actually don't have the disease if you test negative.

Contact Tracking, Partner Notification & STD Prevention
Contact tracking is one way in which governments try to limit the spread of STD epidemics.

The Connection Between Premature Aging and HIV
HIV positive individuals are at risk of premature aging. What is premature aging? Find out more below.

Polyisoprene Condoms for Latex Allergies
Polyisoprene is the synthetic form of latex, so how can polyisoprene condoms be safe for latex allergies? Learn what a latex allergy is for the answer.

Do Teenagers Often Have Oral Sex?
Many teenagers don't think that oral sex is sex, or that oral sex can cause STDs. That means that teenagers often experiment with oral sex, and doing so many encourage teens to experiment with other forms of sexual activity as well.

What Are the Symptoms of a Staph or MRSA Infection?
The most common symptom of a staph infection of the skin is simply a pimple, but staph can also cause more serious infections such as pneumonia.

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Choosing to Have Children When HIV Positive
In recent years, almost all HIV infections occurring in U.S. children were the result of mother-to-child transmission. However, the epidemic is slowly coming under control.

Safe Sex and Dry Humping
Although dry humping is a relatively safe form of sex, it is possible to get an STD from someone's infected skin rubbing on yours.

What Does it Mean to be Treatment Naive?
Treatment-naive is a term you will most often hear when people are talking about chronic diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis.

Should I Choose Gardasil or Cervarix As My HPV Vaccine?
Now that there is more than one HPV jab on the market, how do you choose the HPV vaccine that is right for you? Here are some facts to consider when choosing between Gardasil or Cervarix.

Asymptomatic Disease and the STD Epidemic
Scientists call STDs the hidden epidemic because there are so many people who don't know they're infected. Could you be one of them?

Bacterial Vaginosis and Causes of Fishy Smell
Bacterial vaginosis isn't caused by sperm, but it's easy to understand why some women think it could be. BV symptoms get worse after unprotected sex.

Can a Treated STD Come Back?
I frequently get e-mails asking questions about whether a treated STD can come back after the treatment is done. The answer is a qualified yes.

False Positive or False Negative STD Test Results
No diagnostic test is perfect. Most modern STD tests are very good. No test is going to be 100% accurate 100% of the time. That can be confusing.

What is MG and How Does it Show How Uninformed We Are?
MG is the

How is Non-Gonoccocal Urethritis (NGU) Treated?
Most cases of NGU are treated the same way as chlamydia.

Developing an HIV Vaccine
Developing an HIV vaccine has been plagued by difficulties. It took over 25 years to see hopeful positive results in a 2009 HIV vaccine trial.

Can I get Chlamydia From Oral Sex?
Oral sex carries a risk of chlamydia, and it may go undetected for a very long time. Read about how screenings can still leave chlamydia undetected.

Lesbians, HPV, and Cervical Cancer
Many women who sleep primarily with women are unaware of their STD risk and are vastly underscreened for cervical cancer.

3 Health Policies That Affect STD Prevention
Several types of state and local laws can affect STD risk. Mostly, they do this by altering access to testing, treatment, and care.

STDs in the Elderly People Having Sex
In recent years, there has been a growing understanding that older adults have a significant risk of developing a sexually transmitted disease. This is true for a number of reasons, including the fact that most older and elderly adults don't have any idea they are at risk.

Should Failure to Disclose Your STD Status Be a Crime?
In some areas, when someone has tested positive for an STD and does not disclose their STD status to a potential sexual partner, they can be subject to prosecution. Is this a good idea or a bad one?

Why It's Important to Have Safe Anal Sex
Whether you're a man or a woman, if you're having anal sex, you need to be doing it safely. Safe anal sex starts with a latex, or equivalent condom, and a lot of lube, and it is an important component of protecting your sexual health.

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Is there pre-exposure prophylaxis for herpes?
Some people say you can protect yourself against herpes by taking antiviral medication before you have sex. Is it true?

How Does Lubricant Use Affect STD Risk?
Lubricant makes sex safer and more fun, but not all lubricants are the same. Some may actually increase STD risk

How STDs Can Play a Role in Abusive Relationships
Sexually transmitted diseases may sometimes be a tool for manipulation in abusive relationships.

What Is Asymptomatic Shedding?
People can transmit certain viral diseases even when they don't have symptoms, thanks to asymptomatic shedding.

Choosing the Right Condom for Oral Sex
When you want to have safe oral sex, whether it's with a man or with a woman, it's important to choose the right sort of condom to use.

What Is the Relationship Between Blood Type and HIV?
There are genetic mutations that make some groups of people more susceptible to HIV than others.

Oral Sex Isn't Really Safe Sex
It's all good to say that oral sex is not safe sex, but how much of a risk are you actually taking if you choose to practice unprotected oral sex?

How Do I Get Tested For Mycoplasma Genitalium
Mycoplasma genitalium is the most common cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men and is often associated with bacterial vaginosis and cervicitis in women. It can only be detected via a urine test that looks for bacterial DNA.

Addressing the Consequences of Herpes Stigma
There is a ridiculous amount of stigma associated with genital herpes infection. It pervades pop culture. Read about the impact and social consequences here.

My Partner Says He Didn't Cause My Herpes Outbreak
It's possible for someone to have unrecognized herpes for years, and then transmit it during an established relationship, leading to a first outbreak.

What is a VDRL test?
VDRL is a blood test that is used to determine whether or not you have an active syphilis infection. It's not a general test for VD.

What Is Anilingus or Analingus?
Anilingus is the technical term for oral-anal sex,​ more commonly referred to as rimming or a rim job. It is sometimes also spelled analingus.

Pubic Hair and STD risk
Shaving or waxing your pubic hair is an aesthetic choice, but it's one that could increase your risk of getting an STD.

Five Reasons To Nap Before Having Unsafe Sex
Are you thinking about having unsafe sex? Here are all the reasons you should just take a nap instead.

Masturbation During STD/STI Treatment Regimens
People often want to know if it's safe to masturbate when they're being treated for an STD. The answer is usually yes, but there are some caveats.

An Overview of Mycoplasma Genitalium
Mycoplasma genitalium is a common sexually transmitted disease with many of the same symptoms as gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Everything You Need To Know About Getting an HIV Test
The process of HIV testing can be extremely confusing since there's so much that you need to know. Learn more about common questions.

What is a Person Year?
A person year, or person month, is a special way that scientists measure time in a research study.

Does the HPV Vaccine Increase The Risk of Other STDs?
The HPV vaccine is not associated with increased risk of other STDs, and in fact might promote better sexual health. Learn more.

What Does It Mean to Be Cisgender
The word cisgender is used to distinguish people who are not transgender from those who are. It is more correct to use cisgender than cisgendered.

Oral Sex With A Prostitute: What Are The Risks?
Unprotected fellatio is potentially risky for any man who receives it. It's not just an issue for those who visit prostitutes.

Scabies Overview and Treatments
Scabies is a contagious skin rash that is not always sexually transmitted.

A Timeline of HIV Vaccine Research
Learn about the history of the first 20 years of HIV vaccine development with this timeline of vaccination trials and tests dating back to 1984.

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Is There a Herpes Blood Test?
A lot of people want to know if a blood test for herpes exists and, if so, why they haven't gotten one yet.

Latent Infection Definition and its Relevance to STDs
Latent infections are different than active infections, although they can become active infections

Definition of Colposcopy
Colposcopy is a medical procedure used in the detection of cervical cancer. Your doctor will use a microscope to look at your cervix for damaged tissue.

The Incubation Period of Common STDs
Wondering if the symptoms you're having have to do with the sex you had last night or last week? It helps to know common STD incubation periods.

What Does a Positive Herpes IgM Test Result Mean?
Some people think that a positive herpes IgM test means that they were recently infected with herpes, but is that true?

Herpes Blood Tests - How Accurate Are They?
Getting a herpes test can be scary, particularly when you don't know what the results mean. Here's a rough estimate of herpes blood test accuracy.

Suppressive Therapy for Herpes
Even if you don't ever have herpes outbreaks, there may be some benefit to using daily suppressive therapy.

Do Pap Smears Test for STDs?
Do Pap smears test for STDs? The answer is not simply yes or no. Pap smears may involve an HPV test, but they are no substitute for regular std testing.

What is Bacterial Vaginosis or BV?
Bacterial vaginosis is a sexually associated condition. When a woman has BV her normal vaginal flora is replaced by a hostile mix of bacteria. This leaves her more susceptible to infection and other negative reproductive issues.

Direct Acting Antivirals for Hepatitis C
Direct acting antirvirals have changed the treatment of Hepatitis C for the better.

Using Condoms When You Have an IUD or Implant
Women using long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) are often bad at using condoms. That can sometimes be a big problem.

Are All HPV Warts Genital Warts?
HPV causes a number of types of warts. Not all of them are STDs.

Missing the AIDS Activism of the 80's
Sometimes I miss being an HIV educator in the 1980's. I'm glad HIV is so much more treatable now, but it feels like there's less motivation to change.

Potential Benefits of a Single-Tablet Regimen for HIV
There are now multiple single tablet regimens on the market for HIV. Learn more about the potential benefits of this type of HIV treatment.

Could I have genital herpes and not know it?
People often wonder whether it is possible to have genital herpes and not know it. What's the answer?

Ecological Analysis Show Impacts of Health Interventions
Ecological analysis is a way to look at large scale impacts of time-specific interventions on populations health.

Can I Get The Same STD A Second Time?
People often wonder if, once they've been treated for an STD, they can get the same STD again. In general, the answer is yes...

Can I get chlamydia from anal sex?
Rectal chlamydia is a real risk for gay men and other individuals who practice unprotected anal sex.

Do I Really Have to Get an HIV Test Every 6 Months?
Universal HIV testing recommendations suggest that everyone should be regularly tested for HIV. That doesn't mean twice a year.

What is Bareback Porn?
Bareback porn is a style of adult film in which actors do not use condoms.

Do Condoms Prevent and Protect Against Herpes?
You can not entirely prevent herpes transmission by using a condom, but you can reduce it. Unlike many other sexually transmitted diseases, herpes spreads by skin-to-skin contact instead of through bodily fluids. Since condoms don't cover all potentially infectious skin, they can not completely stop herpes spread.

Does HPV Mean I'll Get Cervical Cancer?
Does a positive test for HPV mean you'll get cervical cancer? Don't panic.

Does Fingering Pose an STD Health Risk?
Fingering is a type of sexual activity that is low risk but not no risk

Confirmatory Test - Double Checking Test Results
When accurate diagnosis is important, a confirmatory test is often used to determine whether or not an initial diagnostic test result is correct.

Do Cold Sores Protect Against Genital Herpes?
Some people think that having cold sores means that their body is more resistant to genital herpes. There hasn't been a lot of research on the subject, but what there has suggests they are wrong.

Cold Sores Can Become Genital Herpes Through Oral Sex
The herpes virus that causes cold sores may prefer to live near your mouth, but that doesn't mean it can't spread to your genitals.

Can I Get HIV From Shaking Hands?
A reader recently wrote to me to ask why, if you can't get HIV from casual contact, health care workers are required to wear gloves at all times when working with patients. This is how I answered.

How to Know if You Have an STD
Do I have an STD? How do you know if you have a sexually transmitted disease? How can you be certain that you don't?

Are Yeast Infections Sexually Transmitted?
Yeast infections are associated with sex, but are they caused by it? It's not a simple yes or no.

Can Fingering Transmit an STD?
There isn't a lot of research on whether you can get an STD from fingering. However, what research exists suggests the answer is probably yes.

Syphilis Risk Factors and FAQs - Syphilis and Oral Sex
Scientists think that transmission by oral sex is one of the reasons that syphilis is on the rise again after years of decline. Practicing safe oral sex can help to reduce the spread of syphilis.

Can I Get a Cold Sore on My Tongue?
Most people think that

Do Free STD-Testing Clinics Report to the Government?
STDs are supposed to be reported to the government. Does it matter where you get tested?

Buying Unlubricated Condoms
Unlubricated condoms are the versatile workhorse of the condom pile. You can use them for anything

Buying Colored Condoms
Colored condoms can be a fun way to shake things up in your sex life, just make certain they are rated for actual play.

Female Condom - A Safer Sex Alternative
Female condoms are more expensive than male condoms, but some people find that they're also more enjoyable.

Lubricated Condoms Buying and User Guide
Lubricated condoms are great, but they rarely have enough lubricant that you won't also need to provide your own

Buying Condoms with Spermicidal Lubricant
Spermicidal condoms may not be as good an idea as they sound like they are. The spermicide on condoms may cause more trouble than it's worth.

CSW Stands for Commercial Sex Worker
A commercial sex worker is an individual who exchanges sex for money or other valuable goods, such as drugs.

An Overview of Genital Herpes (HSV)
Genital herpes and oral herpes are only caused by two of the family of six herpes viruses that can infect humans. Herpes genital infections are often highly socially stigmatized despite the fact that many people are living with herpes

Bacterial (Growing) Culture - STD Definition
A bacterial culture can be used as a tool when detecting disease. This type of culture can be used to detect everything from strep throat to chlamydia.

What Do My Abnormal Pap Smear Results Mean?
It can be scary to get your abnormal Pap smear results from your doctor. This guide to abnormal Pap smear results will help you understand what your doctor is trying to tell you.

What Is Antiretroviral Therapy?
Antiretroviral therapies are drugs designed to work against a class of pathogens known as retroviruses. The most well-known retrovirus is HIV and most discussion of antiretroviral therapies revolves around HIV treatment.

Calculating Your Risk of STD
Everyone who is sexually active is at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease. How high is your risk of STDs? Well, it depends both on who you are and who you're sleeping with. Here are some things to think about when calculating your STD risk profile.

Three Common STDs You May Not Know You Have
Many STDs hide in plain sight. They don't have symptoms. Therefore, people don't know they have them until it's too late.

3 Arguments Against Requiring Condoms for Porn Performers
Although I personally believe that condom use in adult films is a good idea, some performers have made some very good arguments for why I may be wrong.

Reasons it's Dangerous to Share a Razor With Sex Partners
Sharing razors with your sexual partners is a bad idea. Here's why

Do I need to get an annual Pap smear?
Yearly Pap smears are no longer recommended, but women should still be staying on top of cervical cancer screenings.

Are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) Contagious?
Urinary tract infections are associated with sex, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're sexually transmitted diseases.

What Are the Different Types of Antibodies?
Antibodies are not all the same. In addition to reacting to different proteins, they also come in different forms. These forms are called isotypes, or antibody classes.

Looking at examples of STD criminalization
Some specific examples of STD criminalization issues.

10 Bad Habits People Learn by Emulating the Sex In Porn
When people try to learn about sex by emulating the sex in porn, they can pick up some pretty unsafe techniques. Although there is certainly some porn that shows hot and healthy habits, there are also a lot of ways that people have sex in porn that can cause some real health problems.

Chancroid: A Sexually Transmitted Genital Ulcer Disease
Chancroid is a genital ulcer disease found mostly in the developing world. In 2013, there were only 10 cases diagnosed in the U.S.

Chlamydia - One of the Most Common STDs.
Worried you might have chlamydia? Learn what to expect before you go to the doctor's office for diagnosis and treatment, and learn what happens after a positive diagnosis.

Does HPV and Oral Sex Cause Throat Cancer?
It's starting to look like the transmission of HPV through oral sex may cause more cases of oral cancer and throat cancer than smoking.

Frequently Asked Questions About STDs
Have a question about sexually transmitted diseases? All your frequently asked questions about STDs are aggregated right here. Want to know more? Submit a question yourself and maybe it will make it into the STD FAQ. Learn about STD symptoms, STD treatment, STD testing, STD Prevention and more!

Fit Kit Condoms: Pick Your Size
Men come in all shapes and sizes, but until recently the number of different condom sizes was somewhat limited. Then the Fit Kit condom came on the market, and all of a sudden there were many different options for condom size.

How to Handle Dating When You Have Herpes
Learning you have genital herpes can be devastating, particularly when your love life is in flux. When someone is first diagnosed, the thought of dating with herpes can fill them with such anxiety that they may wonder if they will ever find love again. Fortunately, it turns out that most of the time dating with herpes isn't nearly as scary as thinking about it.

Does Kissing Lead To HPV Transmission?
Oral sex leads to increases in the risk of throat and mouth cancers caused by HPV. Therefore it is only natural to wonder if kissing can lead to HPV transmission.

Calling oral herpes "cold sores" is incredibly misleading
Many people are surprised to learn that cold sores can cause genital herpes infections. Should we stop calling oral herpes

Sexually Transmitted Infections Spread By Skin Contact
Most sexually transmitted infections spread either by exposure to infected fluids or by direct contact with infected skin.

What Is a Disseminated Infection?
Learn how a disseminated infection is different from a localized infection.

The Complications of Disseminated Herpes Infections
Disseminated herpes infections aren't common, but they are extremely dangerous.

Difference Between Cold Sore, Canker Sore, and Chancre
People are often confused by the difference between canker sores, chancre sores, and cold sores.

What You Should Know About Online STD Testing
A growing number of websites are offering STD testing services. Here are some things to consider before choosing to go this route for testing.

Your Doctor vs. The STD Free Clinic - Which to Visit
How can you decide whether to visit your doctor or the STD free clinic for STD testing and treatment? What are the advantages of each?

Five Reasons Everyone Should Get Tested for STDs
STD screening is something that everyone needs at least once in their lives, and most people need to be tested on a far more regular basis than that.

Ten Common Excuses for Not Getting Regular STD Tests
People have plenty of excuses for not getting tested for STDs. However, it still makes more sense to just go.

Causes of Trichomoniasis
What is trichomoniasis? An STD that is more likely to cause symptoms in women than in men.

Why Lesbians Need To Think About STDs and Safer Sex
Women who have sex with women don't need to worry about getting pregnant, but they do have to worry about STDs. Safe sex is important for lesbians and bisexual women.

Negative Feedback Loop
Negative feedback loops are inhibitory loops. They help regulate hormone levels in the body.

You've Been Diagnosed With Genital Herpes. Now What?
It can be scary and overwhelming when you learn you have herpes. But know, it will get easier with time. Information can help.

How to Make a Dental Dam from a Latex Glove
Dental dams can be used to make certain types of oral sex safer, such as cunnilingus and rimming. This tutorial teaches you how to make a dental dam from a latex glove.

How to Make a Dental Dam from a Latex Glove
Dental dams can be used to make certain types of oral sex safer, such as cunnilingus and rimming. This tutorial teaches you how to make a dental dam from a latex glove.

How to Make a Dental Dam from a Latex Glove
Dental dams can be used to make certain types of oral sex safer, such as cunnilingus and rimming. This tutorial teaches you how to make a dental dam from a latex glove.

How to Make a Dental Dam from a Latex Glove
Dental dams can be used to make certain types of oral sex safer, such as cunnilingus and rimming. This tutorial teaches you how to make a dental dam from a latex glove.

How to Make a Dental Dam from a Latex Glove
Dental dams can be used to make certain types of oral sex safer, such as cunnilingus and rimming. This tutorial teaches you how to make a dental dam from a latex glove.

How to Make a Dental Dam from a Latex Glove
Dental dams can be used to make certain types of oral sex safer, such as cunnilingus and rimming. This tutorial teaches you how to make a dental dam from a latex glove.

What Type of Barriers Can Protect Against STDs?
A number of different barrier methods can be used to reduce your risk of contracting an STD. Each has its pluses and minuses.

Risks Associated with Untreated STDs
Getting tested for STDs regularly is important, because not knowing you're infected with one or more STDs can have potentially serious consequences.

Can I get an STD blood test?
People often want to know if they can get an STD blood test and avoid the scary swabs. Fortunately, for many STDs the answer is yes.

What Does It Feel Like to Have an STD?
What does it feel like to have an STD? Although this question usually comes from someone who has symptoms, the answer isn't as simple as you might suspect.

Dating with Oral Herpes
Telling your partner that you get cold sores is the right thing to do. Learn more about the relationship between cold sores, oral sex, and genital herpes.

What are Vaginal Flora?
The vaginal flora are the bacteria that live inside the vagina.

What Is a Systemic Infection?
A systemic infection is very different from a local infection

How to Peform Cunnilingus on a Woman Safely
Oral sex isn't safe sex. Cunnilingus puts both the giver and the receiver at risk of numerous STDs. Fortunately, for everyone who enjoys going down on a woman, there are ways to make the act safer.

Reasons to Support Sex Education in Schools
There are plenty of reasons why sex education should be taught in schools. The biggest one? It works.

Questions From People Who Think They Have an STD
I get a lot of e-mails from people who are worried that they might have an STD. These are some of the most common questions they ask.

Is There a Test for Anal STDs?
There are a lot of anal sex risks, particularly if you're not practicing anal safe sex. Numerous STDs are easily spread by anal sex, and if you have an anal std it may not be detected by regular STD testing. That's why it's important to tell your doctor if you're having anal sex so that she can test you accordingly.

Waiting to Have Sex After a Trichomoniasis Treatment
If you are getting treated for trichomoniasis and your doctor tells you to wait a week before having sex, listen to them. They're not just asking because they want you to suffer.

Vaginal Yeast Infections, Oral Thrush, and Oral Sex
Vaginal yeast infections and oral thrush infections are both caused by Candida albicans. Does that mean they can be transmitted by oral sex?

How to Ask Your Doctor for an STD Test
Many people assume that STD testing is part of their regular health care. Unfortunately, it's not. If you want to be screened for STDs, you have to ask for it. This guide can help you do just that.

Why Your Doctor May Not Want to Test for STDs
Although usually the problem is that people don't get STD testing often enough, sometimes the issue is that doctors won't provide STD tests - even when asked. Here are a few reasons why your doctor may refuse to give you a herpes test or other STD test, and how you may be able to convince them.

False Positive Test for STDs
A false positive test occurs when a person has a positive test for disease that they do not have. Unfortunately, diagnostic tests aren't perfect.

Will My Doctor Always Be Able to Tell if I Have Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea isn't only transmitted through vaginal intercourse. It can also be transmitted through oral and anal sex. Those cases can be harder to detect

Sexual Health and STIs - Changes in Vaginal Odor
When a person's vaginal odor changes, it may be a sign of infection. Several sexually transmitted infections, and sexually associated infections, can affect vaginal odor.

Why Do I Need a Pap Smear to Get Birth Control Pills?
Pap smears and birth control pills aren't linked for a medical reason. They're linked for a practical one.

GLBT Issues - Why Are HIV Rates Higher in Gay Men?
Around the world, the incidence of HIV in men who have sex with men is higher than that of otherwise similar heterosexual men. The reason may not be what you think

Why Are Young Women More Prone to Cervical Infections?
The transformation zone of the cervix is larger in young women. This may affect STD and cancer risk.

Who should be vaccinated against Hepatitis B?
Almost everyone should be vaccinated for hepatitis B. It's a disease that's far easier to prevent than get rid of.

Why Are Diseases Notifiable?
Reportable diseases are diseases that doctors, clinics, and/or laboratories must report either to the local health department or directly to the CDC.

Which STDs are Nationally Notifiable Diseases?
Nationally notifiable diseases are diseases where the government wants to track incidence. They must be reported to the CDC

Where to Find Free Condoms Near You
Practicing safer sex doesn't need to be expensive. It's often possible to find condoms and other supplies for free.

What is Your Risk Tolerance?
Your risk tolerance in sexual relationships is something only you can decide on.

What Does it Mean to Be Immunocompromised Or Have an Immune Deficiency?
The immune system helps to protect your body from disease. When something happens that makes it work less efficiently, you are said to be immunocompromised.

What Is Vaginitis?
Vaginitis is the generic term for a vaginal infection.

What is the evidence for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is an effective way to reduce HIV transmission in high-risk populations.

What is the Tuskegee Syphilis Study?
The Tuskegee syphilis study is one of the most blatant examples of poor scientific ethics in recent history.

What is the Simplexa HSV Test?
The Simplexa HSV Test is an FDA approved herpes screening test that can be run on genital swabs or cerebral spinal fluid samples

STD Testing and the Gold Standard

What is Self-Innoculation?
Auto-inoculation, or self-inoculation, occurs when you transfer a disease from one part of your body to another.

What is Outercourse?
Outercourse is a term that can be used to encompass a wide variety of sexual behaviors.

What Is it Like to Get a Pap Smear or Pap Test?
A Pap smear is used to look for the early stages of cervical cancer. It requires a pelvic exam.

MRSA Infection Information
MRSA is the acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

What Is In Vitro? - Biological Definition
The definition of “in vitro,” a term commonly used in health and biology, which derives from the Latin term “in glass.”

What is Neonatal Herpes
Neonatal herpes can be quite dangerous for a baby. Fortunately, the risk is usually manageable.

What Is Herpes Zoster? Chicken Pox, Shingles, & Herpes
Chicken pox and shingles are caused by a herpes virus? Yup! But they're not caused by the same viruses that cause STDs.

What is Fomite Transmission?
Fomite transmission refers to the transmission of infectious diseases by objects.

What is Expedited Partner Therapy?
Expedited partner therapy allows partners to be treated for STDs at the same time as the person who has just tested positive.

What is Gardasil 9? A New HPV Vaccine
Gardasil 9 is a new HPV vaccine that protects against 9 strains of HPV. It was licensed in the US on 12/10/14

What is confirmatory testing?
Confirmatory tests are used when doctors aren't certain how to interpret test results, or they may be flawed.

What is an in vivo study?
In vivo comes from the Latin term

What Is an Antigen? - Definition
Antigens are molecules that stimulate an immune response.

What is Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia?
A diagnosis of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, or cervical neoplasia, refers to changes in the cervix that may or may not be precursors to cervical cancer. In fact, a cervical neoplasia diagnosis can refer to a wide range of changes to the cervix. These changes can range from self-resolving mild to moderate cervical dysplasia all the way to the early stages of cervical cancer.

What is bareback sex? Unprotected sex!
Barebacking is a word used to described unprotected sex.

What is AIDS
What is AIDS? AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The most important word in that name is syndrome.

What is a VIA Cervical Cancer Test?
Doctors in low resource countries can use a simple, inexpensive test called visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) to see if women have cervical cancer. VIA is a much cheaper option than a Pap smear or HPV test.

What is a therapeutic vaccine?
Therapeutic vaccines aren't designed to prevent diseases, they're designed to treat them.

What is a Rapid HIV Test?
Rapid HIV tests are a great option when it may be difficult to get back to the doctor for results.

What is a Secondary Infection?
A secondary infection occurs when a person is infected with a disease that makes them more susceptible to additional infections.

What is a Wet Mount or Vaginal Smear?
In the context of women's health, a wet mount is also known as a vaginal smear.It is not the same thing as a Pap smear, the two tests look at different conditions.

Meaning of a Functional Cure for HIV
When scientists talk about curing HIV they may mean one of two things, either an eradication of the virus from the body or a functional cure - where any remaining virus no longer causes problems.

What is a Cell Surface Receptor?
Understanding cell receptors is useful for getting a handle on HIV infection as well as the habits of other infectious diseases.

What Causes Vaginal Discharge?
It is normal for women to have some amount of vaginal discharge and for the amount and thickness of the vaginal discharge to change throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. However a change in vaginal discharge odor, or vaginal discharge accompanied by itching, may be a sign that it's time to go to the gynecologist.

What Causes Pain During Sex?
Sexual pain may be caused by a sexually transmitted infection, but it can also have a non-infectious cause.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Syphilis
The chancres, or sores, caused by syphilis have a very recognizable appearance. However, despite that, many people do not notice they are infected.

What Are The Symptoms of Mycoplasma Genitalium?
Mycoplasma genitalium is the most common cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men and often associated with bacterial vaginosis and cervicitis in women.

What Are the Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
Urinary tract infections are often mistaken for sexually transmitted diseases because the main symptom - burning during urination - is also a symptom of several STDs.

What Are the Odds That I'll Get an STD?
What are the odds of getting an STD if you have sex? No reputable doctor is going to be able to answer that question without a lot more information and, even then, they still might not be able to do so.

HIV Envelope Proteins - GP 41, GP 120, & GP 160
The proteins gp 41, gp 120, and gp 160 are referred to as envelope proteins, because they make up the outer coat of the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV

Viral Suppression - Undetectable Viral Load
What does it mean for someone to be virally suppressed? Understanding viral suppression is an important component of understanding whether or not antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection is effective.

Viral Culture - Detecting Sexually Transmitted Viruses
Viral culture is similar to bacterial culture, it is a way of detecting viruses in a biological sample.

Nucleic-Acid Amplification Test - STD Testing with NAT
Nucleic acid amplification tests are used to identify small amounts of DNA or RNA in a test sample. What does this mean when it comes to STD testing, and how does it work?

HIV Treatment - Why Would Doctors Consider a Nuc-Sparing Regimen?
One of the hot research areas in HIV treatment is whether nuc-sparing regimens of HAART might have fewer side effects than standard regimens.

All About Novelty Condoms
Not all condoms are created equal. Sometimes, novelty and gift manufacturers will sell novelty condoms that have not been approved for safe sex.

Nongonoccocal Urethritis is Also Known As Nonspecific Urethritis
Nongonoccocal urethritis is a diagnosis of exclusion. It describes symptoms, not cause. (Pictures may be offensive to some viewers)

Vaginal Rings - Can Scientists Combine HIV & Pregnancy Protection?
Vaginal rings can be used for more than just contraception. Research suggests they may also reduce HIV risk.

Distinguishing Between New HIV Infections and Old Ones
People who have gotten an HIV test and been newly diagnosed as HIV positive may wonder how long they have been infected. Can doctors tell?

What is Intent to Treat?
Medical research studies often talk about being based on an intent to treat model. What is intent to treat and why is it important?

Understanding Causality - Necessary and Sufficient
Rarely can the cause of a medical event be easily stated. Even if you can say definitively that

My Partner's Cold Sores Gave Me Genital Herpes
Many people are surprised to learn that it is possible to end up with a genital herpes infection if your partner has cold sores. It's easy to forget that cold sores are also caused by a herpes virus, and one that isn't that different from the one that causes genital herpes.

What Should I Do if My Partner Has HPV? - STDs
When a someone learns that their partner has HPV, their first reaction is often panic.

Types of HIV Tests - Primary vs. Confirmatory HIV Tests
The different types of HIV tests can be very confusing. Here we explain what EIA, ELISA, and Western Blot tests are, and why they are used in combination.

Mutual Masturbation as a form of Safe Sex
When one or both sexual partners has not been recently tested for sexually transmitted diseases, a couple may feel like their safe sex options are somewhat limited. Mutual masturbation may be a solution.

How Bloodborne Pathogens Help Prevent Infection
Bloodborne pathogens are infections that spread through contact with blood, and sometimes other bodily fluids. Also known as blood-borne pathogens.

Top Ways To Avoid Getting an STD
What's the best way to do have sex as safely as possible? Here are 10 great ways to reduce your risk of contracting an STD once you've decided to have sex.

Herpes Gladiatorum Is Also Known as Mat Herpes
Herpes transmission is extremely effective, which is one of the reasons why it is such a common disease. Wrestler's herpes is known as herpes gladiatorum.

Lysine Treatment for Herpes
Although popular belief is that lysine is an effective herpes treatment there is very little scientific evidence that lysine actually affects the course of a herpes infection.

Lymphogranuloma Venereum: A Different Type of Chlamydia
Lymphogranuloma venereum is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a relatively uncommon variant of chlamydia.

Living and Dating with Herpes
Herpes affects one in five Americans, but that doesn't make living with herpes any easier. Knowledge, on the other hand, can make all the difference.

Three Ways Rape Culture Contributes to STD Transmission

Three Low-STD Risk Sexual Activities
Sex has risks, but not all sexual activities are equally risky. There are some relatively low risk ways to engage with a partner.

Three Things to Do With Expired Condoms
You shouldn't have partner sex using an expired condom, but there are other things you can do with them.

Three Conditions Often Mistaken for STDs (.. and Vice Versa)
Yeast infections, UTIs, bacterial vaginosis.. they're all commonly misdiagnosed as STD, and vice versa

5 Things Not To Say to Someone with an STD
When someone has been diagnosed with an STD, it's really stressful. Here are some things to avoid saying to that person, so as not to make that stress any worse.

The Relationship Between CD4 and HIV
CD4 is a protein that has several important functions in the body but is best known for its role in HIV infection.

The Pros and Cons of PrEP in the Real World
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is a powerful tool in the fight against HIV, but it can encourage other risk taking.

The Quest for a Herpes Vaccine
People are always asking me why there still isn't a herpes vaccine or a herpes cure. It's not because scientists aren't trying to make one.

Pre-Sex Checklist for First Time With a New Partner
A handy checklist of things you might want to think about before having sex, ask your partner, or have your partner ask you.

Genital Warts in Pregnancy - Juvenile Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
Juvenile onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis is a rare type of HPV infection where warts grow inside a child's airway.

How to Have Safe Sex - Safer Vaginal, Oral and Anal Sex
How do you make sex safer? This article describes ways you can practice safe sex to protect yourself during some common sexual activities.

The Importance of Universal HIV Testing
Universal HIV testing has been recommended by the CDC for almost a decade, and yet many people still aren't getting tested.

The Most Common STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Wondering which are the most common STDs? Learn what sexually transmitted diseases you're most likely to be exposed to in the U.S.

The HPV Vaccine for Young MSM
Young men who have sex with men are at high risk of negative consequences of HPV, but are they getting vaccinated?

Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) Spermicide & STD Risk
Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) may reduce your risk of pregnancy, but it can actually increase your risk of acquiring an STD. Learn more about how n9 affects risk.

Is Vaginal Birth Safe For Women With Genital Herpes?
Neonatal herpes can have severe, or even fatal, consequences. Are you at risk of passing along neonatal herpes to your child during delivery or immediately thereafter?

Is There One STD Test That Can Detect All STDs?
Asking to get tested for STDs isn't enough. If you want to be confident of your STD status, tell your doctor exactly what it is that you do and don't want to be tested for.

Is there a link between gonorrhea and prostate cancer?
Research suggests gonorrhea infection is linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Is the HPV Vaccine Racist?
Is the HPV vaccine racist? Depending on how you look at things, the answer could be seen as either yes or no.

HPV and Penile Cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is associated with penile cancer as well as cervical cancer. Unfortunately, very few men recognize that HPV may pose a risk to their health.

MRSA can be transmitted through intimate contact, but it is not generally thought of as a sexually transmitted disease.

Does Drinking Alcohol Increase the Odds of Risky Sex?
Most people know that combining drinking with sex can lead to risky behaviors, but why is that? What is it about alcohol use that increases sexual risk?

Is Chicken Pox Herpes? - Understanding the Virus
Chicken pox is caused by a herpes virus, but it's not generally thought of as a herpes infection. Confusing? Not really. It's all about terminology.

Is Cervarix a Good HPV Vaccine Choice?
Cervarix looks like it may protect against more than the two strains of HPV it originally targeted.

The Best (and Worst) Monsters to Sleep With on Halloween
Supernatural lovers are not for the faint of heart. When choosing a lover for Halloween night, it's important to think about long term safety.

The Anal Pap Smear to Detect HPV Related Anal Cancer in Men
The anal pap smear is one way in which anal cancer can be detected. Anal cancer is one of the major possible effects of HPV infection in men.

How Fast is a Rapid STD Test or Rapid HIV Test?
Rapid STD testing can be very useful for people who have trouble finding time to get to the doctor even once, let alone having to return for results.

Textured and/or Ribbed Condoms
Ribbed, studded, vibrating, and everything in between, textured condoms can add some novelty to your love life... as long as they're not novelty condoms.

Thailand's 100% Condom Program to Prevent HIV
Thailand's 100% condom program is, in many ways, one of the most successful HIV prevention programs of all time. It has it flaws, but there is a lot that can be learned from its successes.

Myths and Misconceptions About STD Risk
There are many common misconceptions about STD risk. Learn about some of the incorrect beliefs people have about how they can (or can't) get HIV and other STDS.

Ten Things to Tell Your Doctor When Going For Your Annual Exam
It's important to discuss STD risk factors with your doctor, in order for them to be able to give you the best care.

Understanding The Importance of Drug Adherence
Drug adherence is important, particularly if you have a hard to control condition, such as HIV.

How To Talk About Sex Safety With a New Partner
Having a hard time figuring how to talk about safe sex with a new partner? Try a sample script.

Talking About Safe Sex and Negotiating Condom Use
Safer sex educators are always telling you to talk to your partners about STD testing and condom use, but do they have any idea how hard it is? This one does.