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Sexual agreements may help gay men battle STD rates
Date: 2013-03-26 13:44:09

HIV and sexually transmitted disease rates are particularly high among men who have sex with men, so researchers are constantly searching or ways to encourage this population to take STD diagnosis tests and practice safer sex. Recently, scientists from the University of Michigan found that 57 percent of gay men surveyed do have a system to reduce HIV and STD rates called a "sexual agreement."

While these agreements do show promise for reducing infection and virus rates, the scientists said more men need to participate.

Possibly effective, if followed... Full Story

Hepatitis C risk low among monogamous couples
Date: 2013-03-21 17:20:38

When a person uses STD testing services and discovers that they have a serious virus like HIV or hepatitis C, they may feel as though their sex lives have been ruined forever. However, that doesn't have to be the case. People should know that as long as they are careful, they may be able to have a normal sex life. For example, a recent study conducted by scientists from the University of California, San Francisco found that people with hepatitis C who are in monogamous, heterosexual relationships shouldn't be that concerned about their risk of transmitting their virus to their partner.

According to the scientists, transmission of HCV from an infected partner during sex is rare.

An unlikely prospect ... Full Story

Michigan community fights back against STD rates
Date: 2013-03-25 01:38:23

Towns that have high sexually transmitted disease rates need to come up with comprehensive ways to encourage their residents to use STD testing services and practice safer sex. Thankfully, many cities are taking action against dramatic STD numbers and are working to keep people healthy. For example, MLive, a Michigan news source, recently reported that the Genesee County Healthy Sexuality Coalition is working on methods to reduce STD rates in the county, which were particularly high in 2012.

The news source explained that during 2012, Genesee County had the second highest rate of gonorrhea and the fourth highest rate of chlamydia in Michigan. Luckily, the county isn't just planning on ignoring these statistics.

"A lot of times people put out the numbers and say, 'This is so disparaging, this is where we stand,'" Heather Kale, director of communications and outreach at Priority Children in Flint, told MLive. "But it's important to say 'OK, now what do we do to address that?'"

Plan of action... Full Story

Women reaching 40 still need birth control
Date: 2013-03-25 13:09:51

Upon entering middle-age and a monogamous relationship, many women eschew contraception and STD testing, thinking that now is the time for worry-free sex. However, a new study from Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a teaching hospital of Brown University, suggests that women approaching perimenopause may not want to ditch their birth control just yet.

Researchers discovered that many women approaching age 40 believe that their chances of becoming pregnant are lower than they are, and that birth control is actually bad for their health.

Common misconceptions ... Full Story

Examining those on the frontline of the STD battle
Date: 2013-03-18 11:21:53

The fight against sexually transmitted diseases and HIV is just that - a battle between community health officials and a public that does not understand the importance of STD testing services and practicing safer sex. Recently, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported on some of the people in Georgia who are on the frontlines of this battle, and the struggle they have each day to get the message of treatment and prevention out to all sexually active individuals in the state.

The news source spoke to Veronica Hartwell, program administrator with the Fulton County Health and Wellness Department, who explained that at the Aldredge Health Center in downtown Georgia, she and her colleagues are seeing 16,000 STD cases a year. She added that although this may seem like they are treating many individuals, the health department merely "has the tiger by the tail," when it comes to addressing the major STD problem in the state.

Losing the war ... Full Story

Married gay men are living longer
Date: 2013-03-12 14:40:16

For years, it's been recommended that men who have sex with men receive regular STD testing because of disproportionately high rates of infection among this community. Now, it appears as though commitment and marriage may be one way gay men can lower their risk of STDs and HIV.

Researchers from Statens Serum Institute and Aalborg University in Denmark discovered that the mortality rate for men in same-sex marriages has dropped significantly since the 1990s.

Monogamy may mean healthier men... Full Story

What does your Facebook profile say about you?
Date: 2013-03-11 17:18:53

Getting to know someone can be tricky, which is why people should always be cautious with new sexual partners and use protection and STD testing services to make sure that the new special someone in their life doesn't come with a sexual infection. While it's impossible to simply look at someone and know what his or her sexual history is, a recent study has found that examining online activity may be a good way to tell a lot about person - including certain aspects about their sexuality,

Researchers from Cambridge's Psychometrics Center and Microsoft Research Cambridge have discovered that analyzing what a person "likes" on Facebook can be a good way to determine his or her age, race, IQ, drug use, political views and even sexual orientation.

What you "like" says a lot ... Full Story

STD rates drop, but that may mean trouble
Date: 2013-03-08 17:58:49

Sexually transmitted disease rates can be complicated. On the one hand, most people would assume that lower STD rates would be a good thing and higher ones would be bad, but that's not always the case. Higher rates can simply mean that more people are using STD testing services, while lower ones may mean that fewer people are ordering tests and getting treated for these sometimes serious infections and viruses. For example, a recent article published by, a Southern Illinois news source, reported that the number of individuals in St. Clair County appears to have dropped considerably in 2012, but health officials believe that may not necessarily be good news.

According to the news source, the county has consistently ranked in the top five for STD rates in Illinois, yet in 2012, chlamydia rates dropped 31 percent and gonorrhea rates dropped 35 percent.

Is it a good thing?... Full Story

Researchers examine barriers to contraception
Date: 2013-03-07 12:13:16

Condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against sexually transmitted diseases, which is why people who do not use them should regularly use STD testing services. While condoms can be purchased at most drug and convenience stores, some people may not have the money to purchase them, or any other form of contraceptive, for that matter. Because of this, many health clinics provide condoms for free.

Recently, researchers from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the RCHN Community Health Foundation set out to to determine what role health clinics play in family planning. According to the findings, while these places offer some forms of contraception, there is room for improvement.

Time for change ... Full Story

Seniors need to use STD testing services as well
Date: 2013-03-06 13:56:21

It's important for people to remember that sexually transmitted diseases do not have an age limit. Sexually active individuals of all ages should use STD testing services to help ensure a clean status, or they may find themselves experiencing a host of medical problems. Some elderly people may be under the impression that STDs are a young man's problem, but they would certainly be wrong. According to a recent report by CBS Los Angeles, STD rates continue to rise in older populations, and it's time for this generation to take greater precaution when engaging in sexual activity.

The news source pointed out that study after study over the years has shown that elderly individuals may be in need of more information regarding the dangers of STDs and ways to prevent them, since they do not appear to be practicing safer sex.

Common misconceptions ... Full Story

What are the dangers of sexting?
Date: 2013-03-04 13:58:19

While all of the sexually active population could benefit from HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention programs, young Americans in particular need to be told about the importance of utilizing STD testing services and practicing safer sex. This population not only has higher STD rates than other age groups, but has also been know to engage in risky sexual practices, such as sexting - the act of sending or receiving sexually explicit text messages, pictures or videos. Recently, researcher from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health set out to determine how common this practice is among young people living in an urban environment.

The scientists discovered that sexting is in fact fairly common among urban youth. This could increase the demographic's risk of contracting an STD, since previous research has shown that teens who engage in sexting may be more likely to have sex than those who do not.

A growing issue ... Full Story

Researchers discover natural protein that may help fight against STDs
Date: 2013-03-01 15:33:01

Currently, the only form of contraception that helps protect against sexually transmitted diseases is the condom, so people who forgo this prophylactic may want to use STD testing services often. However, according to a recent study, there may be soon be another tool in the fight against sexual infections. Researchers from the Monash Institute of Medical Research have discovered that there is a protein present in the female reproductive tract that may help prevent STDs like chlamydia and the herpes simplex virus.

While these are exciting findings that suggest there may be a natural STD-prevention system built into women's bodies, this shouldn't encourage people to go out and have sex without a condom.

An important protein ... Full Story

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