This time of year the television is filled with ads for gym specials, diet plans, and even somewhat scary diet pills (bad idea) to get healthy in 2009. Getting healthy is a great goal and exercise and diet changes are one way to do it, but I was thinking about a different kind of resolution – one that focuses on your sexual health.
A study published in the January issue of Pediatrics found that teenagers who made pledges to remain abstinent until marriage were just as likely to have non-marital sex, but less likely to use condoms or other forms of birth control once they did start having sex.
I had unprotected sex about a month ago. Then this week, I noticed what looked like a pimple on the shaft of my penis. It popped on its own and had pimple ooze come out of it, like a regular pimple, and now it is almost gone. This made me scared that maybe it was herpes instead of a pimple. Could this be possible?
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmissible infections (STI) – particularly so among women and men under the age of 25. This is true in the US and the UK as well as many other countries. As such, public health groups are constantly trying new ways to educate people about their risk and encourage them to get tested.
I recently learned that I have genital warts on my penis. How should I get treated for these? Can I pass them on to women I have sex with? And is it true that people who have HPV warts, like me, can get cancer from the HPV?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmissible infection (STI) in the United States and is particularly prevalent among young women men ages 15 to 24. Quite often, women and men who are infected with chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms of the infection. Fortunately, chlamydia can usually be easily cured with certain antibiotics.
The other day I noted to my roommate about how the rate of STIs in senior citizens has more than doubled in the past 10 years. She immediately shouted out “My grandmother can’t be having sex! You’ve got to be wrong!” Researchers of a recent study published in Sexually Transmitted Infections believe that the high divorce rate and the ease of finding sexual partners on the internet may be partly to blame.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) has been getting increasing press and media attention in the US since Gardasil came onto the market – however, most women (and men) who are sexually active have already been exposed to HPV, and Pap tests are still recommended for women regardless of whether they have ever had sex or had the vaccine.
I know lots of people like to think that they know all about STDs and STIs, but the truth is, there's a ton of myths circulating the entire world. The MayoClinic has a fun little quiz all about STDs so you can find out how much you really know!