Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

Syphilis Seen Through the Lens of House M.D.
A man is so nice that House thinks there must be something wrong with him. Could his symptoms be explained by syphilis?

Syndromatic Treatment Treats STDs Based on Symptoms
Syndromatic treatment refers to the practice of treating people for sexually transmitted diseases based only their symptoms.

Top 10 Reasons To Raise Your Hand In Favor of Masturbation
Masturbation is the safest form of sex there is. There is no chance of disease, pregnancy, or long term negative emotional consequences.

Understanding the Hymen
The hymen is a ring of tissue that fully or partially blocks the entrance to the vagina.

Facts About HPV in Men
Human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn't only affect women. HPV in men is a problem as well, with the potential to cause throat and anal cancer as well as genital warts...

HPV - How are Genital WartsTreated?
Treatment for HPV is only to reduce symptoms. It does not necessarily cure the infection.

HPV and Lung Cancer
Although HPV is often thought of as the cervical cancer virus, it is associated with a number of other cancers as well. One of the associations that very few people are aware of is the one between HPV and lung cancer.

HPTN 052 - Treating HIV to Prevent HIV
The decade long clinical trial HPTN 052 has clearly demonstrated that suppressive treatment for HIV can prevent sexual transmission of the virus.

HPV Infection - Can Anal Sex Cause Cancer?
Having unprotected anal sex is associated with an increased risk for anal cancer. That's because HPV infection is not only associated with cervical cancer.

How to Use a Female Condom - STD Prevention
Women: Do you want to try something different in bed? Interested in taking more control over your STD protection? Consider experimenting with the female condom.

I just had unprotected sex... what do I do now?
Are you in a panic because you've just had unprotected sex and are wondering what you might have done? Here are some tips for what to do next.

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How to Use a Condom - Image Gallery
Images of the proper way to use a condom during and after sex.

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Stigma and HIV
Stigma is one of the reasons why STDs are so common. That's no different for HIV.

How to Make a Dental Dam
Dental dams can be hard to find, not to mention expensive. You can, however, make your own dental dam with a condom and a pair of scissors! Here's how.

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STD Pictures - STD Symptoms
These STD pictures are no substitute for testing. However, they may help you with your curiosity.

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How to Give a Safe Blowjob
It may surprise you, but it's a good idea to use condoms for blow jobs and other forms of oral sex.

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How to Make a Dental Dam from a Condom - In Pictures
If you're going to perform oral sex on a woman, or want to rim a partner of either gender, then you need a dental dam. This image gallery of dental dam pictures takes through the process of making a dental dam from a condom.

How to Deal With Depression After a Herpes Diagnosis
More and more recently, I have been hearing from young men and women experiencing such severe depression after a herpes diagnosis that they are talking about killing themselves. If you are considering suicide after a herpes diagnosis then you need to get help.

How is Trichomoniasis Treated?
Trichomoniasis is treated with one of two drugs - metronidazole or tinidazole.

How is Herpes Treated? Common Medications
Herpes can be treated, but not cured, with certain anti-viral medications. Herpes treatment is used to both reduce the frequency of outbreaks and to lower the risk of transmission.

How is Bacterial Vaginosis Treated?
Bacterial vaginosis can be treated either orally or topically.

How Do Other STDs Increase HIV Risk?
Numerous STDs increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV. How do STDs increase the risk of HIV? Does treating STDs reduce the risk of becoming HIV positive?

How Do I Get Tested For Syphilis?
Doctors can do a syphilis test on a blood sample or from swabbing a sore.

How Do I Get Treated 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 is treated with antibiotics.

How Do I Get Tested For Chlamydia?
Getting a chlamydia test is pretty easy, particularly if you get one from your doctor.

How Do I Get Tested For Human Papilloma Virus/HPV?
Testing for HPV is not always available. Here's why.

How do I get screened for oral HPV?
Although screening for oral HPV infections is rare, some dentists would like to make it a more common practice.

Sex Myths - Man's Responsibility To Buy Condoms
Another prevalent STD myth is that it's the man's responsibility to buy condoms. The truth is that it's everyone's responsibility to be prepared to have safe sex.

Sex Myths: STDs Are Transmitted Every Time You Have Sex
One of the most common sex myths is that if you have an STD, it will be transmitted every time you have sex. Here's why it's not true, and what you should do to stay safe.

How Doctors Create Barriers to Getting the HPV Vaccine
Why don't young people get vaccinated for HPV? The reasons may not be what you think.

How Common is Herpes Among Pregnant Women?
Rates of herpes simplex virus infection among pregnant women are higher than you might think.

Self Efficacy and Condom Use
Self efficacy is one of the most important factors in a person's ability to negotiate for condom use. What is self efficacy, and how does it help people practice safer sex?

Using Honey as a Herpes Treatment
Honey is known to have anti-microbial and wound healing properties and has been tested as a herpes treatment. The results are actually somewhat promising.

Sex Myths - I'd Know if My Partner Had An STD
A lot of people think that they don't need to worry about STD testing or safe sex because they'd know if they or their partner had an STD.

Serosorting - Knowledge, Safe-Sex Behavior and HIV Risk
Serosorting is a behavior that may not reduce an individual's risk of HIV nearly as much as they assume it will. After all, it depends on the assumption that one's partners know their HIV status, and that may not be true

Serostatus - STD Testing
In STD testing, the term serostatus is most often used to describe whether your blood is producing antibodies against a particular disease.

Serosorting - An Ineffective HIV Prevention Practice
Serosorting is when people choose whether or not to have safe sex based on their beliefs about someone's HIV status.

How to Have a Safer Menage a Trois - Expert Guide
I love it when people send me questions to answer on this site. Particularly fun ones like

What is the difference between high-risk HPV and low-risk HPV?
High risk HPV and low risk HPV have different potential consequences.

The health belief model and behavior change
The health belief model is a tool that scientists use to understand people's health behaviors.

Herpes and Childbirth - Interventions for Reducing Neonatal Herpes
This is a continuation of an article about whether vaginal births are possible for women who get herpes during pregnancy or if c-sections are needed

HPV & RRP - Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis is a relatively rare form of HPV infection where the virus infects the airway and causes recurring growths. Although adult recurrent respiratory papillomatosis is not common, there is some evidence that unprotected oral sex may be a risk factor.

Hand Job is a Slang Term for Male Masturbation
A hand job is one way to term for masturbating a man or woman.

What is Receptive Anal Sex?
Receptive anal sex refers to being penetrated during anal intercourse.

Rapid Screening for Syphillis
Rapid testing for syphilis is now available in the United States.

Randomized Controlled Trial - Definition
A randomized controlled trial is often considered to be the gold standard of study design. Randomized trials are experimental studies, as opposed to observational studies.

Questions To Ask Before Having Sex With A New Partner
Before you start having sex with a new partner, there are some questions you should ask to keep yourself safe. Have you each been tested for STDs? Do you have the supplies you need to practice safer sex?

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
Post-exposure prophylaxis is used to prevent infection after a person has been exposed to a bacterium or virus.

Definition of Positive Predictive Value
The positive predictive value tells you how likely it is that you actually have the disease if you test positive.

Practicing Safe Sex When Both Partners Have HIV
If you and your partner are both HIV-positive, you may still want to practice safe sex. Just because you're both positive doesn't mean there aren't risks.

What is Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)?
PCR is a laboratory procedure that is used to test for certain types of disease by looking for DNA markers.

Pap Smear Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening
In November 2009, the cervical cancer screening guidelines were updated to reflect new understandings of the biology of cervical cancer. It is now recommended that young women do not get Pap smears until the age of 21, regardless of when they begin having sex.

That Oral Sex Isn't Really Sex Is a Sex Myth
Is oral sex sex? For most purposes, the answer is a clear yes.

Definition of Opportunistic Infection in AIDS
Opportunistic infections are one of the hallmarks of AIDS infection.

Four Reasons Why Early Treatment of HIV is Important
There are a number of potential benefits to early treatment of HIV. The main disadvantage is cost.

Five Ways To Spice Up Your Safety for Valentines Day
This Valentine's Day, make your safe sex even sexier...

Five Common Ways to Cancel Out That Condom
Five common ways that people use condoms incorrectly, and how to avoid them.

Sexually Transmitted Infections: The Terminology Debate
Why do the experts call sexually transmitted diseases sexually transmitted infections? Because, technically, the term sexually transmitted infections is more accurate. However, that doesn't mean that STI is a more useful term than STD

Is Blue Waffle Really an STD?
Blue waffle isn't a real STD. It's a disease created by people who want to police female sexuality.

Monogamy and Its Relationship to STDs
A definition of monogamy and how a mutually monogamous relationship is generally considered to be of lower risk for sexually transmitted diseases.

What is Heteronormativity?
The word heteronormative gets flung around a lot in certain circles, but what does it actually mean?

The Five Most Common Herpes Questions
People have a lot of questions about the herpes virus. Here are the five ones I get asked more often when I'm presenting at sex education conferences.

But How Risky Are Different Types of Sex?
One of the questions people most often ask me is what their risk is of getting an STD each time they have sex. My default answer is that there isn't an answer.

Why Don't People Talk About Cold Sores The Same Way They Do Genital Herpes?
There isn't as much pressure to disclose oral herpes infections as there is genital infections. Here's why I think that is.

Difference Between Anonymous & Confidential HIV Testing
What Is The Difference Between Anonymous and Confidential Testing? What is the best way to both find out about your HIV status and protect yourself?

Concurrent Oral Herpes and Genital Herpes Infection
Despite what you might have heard, it's possible for you to be infected with the same type of herpes virus at both genital and oral sites.

What Are Vaginal and Anal Fisting?
Fisting is a type of sexual activity. Learn about the risks of vaginal and anal fisting.

STDs and Cancer
There are a growing number of studies showing a link between STDs and cancer.

Users Talk Back About STD Testing
Users share their stories about STD testing and related issues.

STD Pictures - Canker Sores
Canker sores, or aphthous ulcers, are usually round white sores with a red border. They are not STD symptoms. Page 13.

STD Pictures - Cervicitis - STD Symptoms
Many cervical STDs have no symptoms, and thus the only way to be diagnosed with an STD is to visit your doctor for appropriate testing. Page 5.

Chancroid Pictures - Early Chancroid Symptoms
Chancroid is a bacterial STD rarely seen in the U.S. These chancroid pictures show some of its early symptoms. Page 10.

Genital Herpes Pictures - Genital Herpes Symptoms
A genital herpes outbreak. Warning: This photo may offend some viewers. Page 2.

Jaundice Pictures - Hepatitis Pictures
Jaundice is a complication of liver damage caused by hepatitis. Page 14.

Chancroid Pictures - Chancroid Symptoms
Chancroid is a bacterial STD rarely seen in the U.S. These chancroid pictures show some of its late symptoms. Page 11.

Molluscum Contagiosum Pictures - Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms
Molluscum Contagiosum causes a benign skin rash that is extremely contagious. Page 9.

STD Pictures - Cold Sore Pictures - Herpes Pictures
Cold sores, or fever blisters, are caused by a herpes virus.

STD Pictures - Penis Discharge
Although many cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in men have no symptoms, sometimes they present with penis discharge. Page 4.

Syphilis Pictures - STD Pictures
These syphilis pictures show the chancre, or sore, typical of a primary syphilis infection. The sore, which is normally round and painless, will heal on its own after 3-6 weeks, but the underlying infection still needs to be treated. Warning: This photo may offend some viewers. Page 6.

Pubic Lice Symptoms - Pubic Lice Pictures
These pubic lice pictures show the skin response to a pubic lice infection. Remember, STD pictures are no substitute for seeing a physician. Page 7.

Scabies Pictures - Scabies Rash - Scabies Symptoms
The itchy rash seen in these scabies pictures get worse at night. Warning: This photo may offend some viewers. Page 8.

Chlamydia Symptoms - Chlamydia Pictures - Trachoma Pictures
Worldwide, trachoma is a leading cause of blindness. These trachoma pictures show the damage a chlamydia infection of the eye can do. Page 12.

Genital Warts Pictures - HPV Symptoms
HPV is becoming widely known as the virus responsible for cervical, oral, and other cancers, but it can also cause genital warts. Page 3.

Condom - Unroll The Condom All The Way
Unroll the condom to cover the full shaft of the penis. This will also reduce the risk of transmission of any STDs that are transferred from skin to skin - such as syphilis. Page 7.

Condom - How to Safely Withdraw After Sex
After ejaculation, it is important for the man to hold onto the condom at the base while withdrawing his penis. If he does not, the condom is more likely to slide off or leak. Page 8.

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Condom - Open Condom Carefully
To open a condom package you want to tear carefully along the edge. Don't use fingernails or scissors, since you want to avoid tearing the condom along with the package. Page 3.

Condom - Leave Room at the Tip
When you put a condom on a man's penis, it's important to leave room at the tip. It is also essential, however, to make sure there is no air trapped in the tip of the condom that could make it more likely to break. Page 6.

Condom - Throwing Away a Condom
When throwing away a condom after sex, it may be a good idea to wrap it in toilet paper or tissue to prevent it from leaking and making a mess. Page 9.

Condom - Throw Them Away Don't Flush Them
Condom in trash can. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Page 10.

Condom - Which Way is Up
Condoms should go on like a hat, not like a shower cap. You know the condom is right side up if you can roll it down easily. You shouldn't have to stick your fingers inside the condom to unroll it. Page 4.

Condoms - Air Bubble
Another way to check the freshness of a condom package is to feel for the air bubble. If it's there, it means that the package hasn't been punctured.Therefore the condom should also be intact. Page 2.

Condom - Check the Expiration Date
It is important to check the expiration date on the condom package before opening it. Do not use condoms that have expired.

Make a Dental Dam for Oral Sex - Cut Down the Side
In order to have safe oral sex, you may need a dental dam. Fortunately you can make one from a condom. These pictures show you how. Page 3.

Make a Dental Dam for Oral Sex - Cut Off The Tip
In order to have safe oral sex, you may need a dental dam. Fortunately you can make one from a condom. These pictures show you how. Page 2.

Congratulations, You've Made a Dental Dam!
In order to have safe oral sex, you may need a dental dam. Fortunately you can make one from a condom. These pictures show you how. Page 4.

Holding a Dental Dam During Oral Sex
In order to have safe oral sex, you may need a dental dam. Fortunately you can make one from a condom. These pictures show you how. Page 5.

Make a Dental Dam for Oral Sex - A Thin, Transparent Dam
In order to have safe oral sex, you may need a dental dam. Fortunately you can make one from a condom. These pictures show you how. Page 6.

Make a Dental Dam for Oral Sex - What You Need
In order to have safe oral sex, you may need a dental dam. Fortunately you can make one from a condom. These pictures show you how.

STD Pictures - STD Symptoms
These STD pictures are no substitute for testing. However, they may help you with your curiosity.

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Condom Pictures - Vegan Condoms
As it turns out, many condoms aren't vegan friendly. They use milk powder, and that puts the condom off limits. In this picture, I was trying to illustrate the concept of a vegan condom that didn't contain any milk. Page 2.

Condom Pictures - Making Condoms into Art
Whenever I need to illustrate an article or a concept about safe sex, I always first think of the humble condom. However, sometimes the image I need isn't available, and it's time to get creative. These are some condom images I've created to discuss specific topics in sexual health.

Glossary P-Q
A glossary of terms useful when discussing sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health. This directory covers terms from Pathogen to Prostatectomy

STDs & Fertility
Having an STD can affect your ability to have children. How do these infections affect fertility, and can these changes be prevented?

Teen Sexuality Information
This is a collection of safer sex resources for, and about, teens.