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Men who have sex with men and syphilis risk   Men who have sex with men and syphilis risk
Date: 2012-01-31 12:46:18
Rates of syphilis infection are rising at alarming speeds, and all sexually active young people should take steps to protect themselves from infection, which may include seeking STD testing for themselves and their partners. However, men who have sex with men may want to be extra cautious, as infection rates are particularly high among this group.... Full Story

Researchers find what makes young people seek STD testing   Researchers find what makes young people seek STD testing
Date: 2012-01-27 17:03:13
Young people are most willing to undergo STD testing if they view it as a sign of respect for their partner or they understand it to be an important part of stopping the spread of infections, according to a new study from Penn State researchers.... Full Story

Group launches new STD prevention program aimed at urban youths   Group launches new STD prevention program aimed at urban youths
Date: 2012-01-26 16:44:56
The number of positive STD tests among young urban and African American populations is much higher than in the general public. However, a new prevention campaign is targeting these individuals by trying to remake the image of practicing safe sex.... Full Story

STDs are often asymptomatic   STDs are often asymptomatic
Date: 2012-01-24 16:44:18
Following the release of national health data, it has become clear that the number of individuals receiving positive STD tests is rising in some states. Some experts blame the situation on risky sexual behavior, while others say it is a result of lack of knowledge concerning sexual health.... Full Story

Bacteria may affect STD infection risk   Bacteria may affect STD infection risk
Date: 2012-01-19 16:54:10
The type and amount of bacteria present in a person's genitals may play a role in their risk of receiving a positive STD test, according to new data published recently in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences.... Full Story

States see gonorrhea rate rise  States see gonorrhea rate rise
Date: 2012-01-17 17:03:39
In recent years, state health departments were able to wrangle rates of various sexually transmitted diseases down to manageable levels through aggressive education and STD testing campaigns. However, evidence suggests that some states may be losing these gains.... Full Story

New CDC report tallies cost of binge drinking   New CDC report tallies cost of binge drinking
Date: 2012-01-16 16:56:28
Binge drinking may be a bigger problem in the U.S. than previously thought, and the issue may contribute to a high prevalence of positive STD tests, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Full Story

Communities see STD rates rise   Communities see STD rates rise
Date: 2012-01-13 16:49:14
Despite concerted efforts on the part of public health agencies across the U.S. to encourage STD testing and other forms of prevention, many communities continue to struggle with high rates of infections.... Full Story

Risk factors for STD infection   Who's at risk for STD infection?
Date: 2012-01-11 16:34:37
All sexually active individuals are at risk for receiving a positive STD test at some point in their life, but there are certain factors that may further increase a person's odds of contracting an infection. Knowing how these factors affect one's risk may be a crucial step in being able to avoid potentially dangerous diseases.... Full Story

Researchers develop vaccination for one form of herpes   Researchers develop vaccination for one form of herpes
Date: 2012-01-06 16:44:01
A team of researchers from St. Louis University may have made a significant advance towards a vaccine that is capable of protecting against one form of the herpes virus, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.... Full Story

Some HPV vaccine recipients think they are protected from all STDs   Some HPV vaccine recipients think they are protected from all STDs
Date: 2012-01-06 16:40:51
Many young girls who receive the vaccination against the human papillomavirus mistakenly believe it reduces their risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases and receiving a positive STD test, according to a new study.... Full Story

New study explains why hepatitis C virus is difficult to eliminate   New study explains why hepatitis C virus is difficult to eliminate
Date: 2012-01-05 16:56:58
Individuals who have received a positive lab test for hepatitis C have a very high risk of experiencing liver problems, as there is currently no cure for the condition. However, a new study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may help explain why the infection is so difficult to eliminate and points to the possibility of a new treatment .... Full Story

Women more susceptible to infections during ovulation   Women more susceptible to infections during ovulation
Date: 2012-01-04 16:55:38
Women who have unprotected sex while they are ovulating may benefit form STD testing, as new research indicates that they are more susceptible to infection during certain points in their menstrual cycle.... Full Story

CDC recommends HPV vaccination for males  CDC recommends HPV vaccination for males
Date: 2012-01-03 16:43:59
Health experts have recommended most strongly that young girls be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, as it the infection is known to be a primary cause of cervical cancer and positive STD tests linked to the virus are on the rise. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says that boys should be vaccinated as well, as the virus can cause serious health problems in males.... Full Story

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