There has been a lot of herpes talk in the media lately (and by “media” I mean gossip blogs and trashy online magazines) due to the recent allegations that R&B singer Chris Brown beat up his former girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. The incident reportedly took place after a pre-Grammy party, and while people speculate on what sparked the fight, many believe it was over herpes. Rumors are flying that Rihanna not only gave genital herpes to Chris Brown, but that she got it from hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Why is this important? It’s not. At least not unless you’re one of those involved. But the comments I’ve heard from people regarding this controversy tells me there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about herpes out there in the general population.
No one knows for sure what caused the fight between the two celebrities. My guess is that it had more to do with jealousy than an STD. I would imagine th...
Numerous questions come up regarding herpes and safe sex and specifically use of condoms. Here's a quick rundown on the dos and don'ts:
Many people are asymptomatic and don't even know that they have herpes so your rule should be to always use a condom with a new or current partner. Latex condoms are the best . Add a spermicidal to increase the effectiveness and protection. If you have herpes and experience genital pain, assume an outbreak is imminent and refrain from having sex (or if this applies to your partner, do not have sex with them). Do not have oral or traditional sex in the presence of lesions - a condom is not sufficient protection. Be aware that if active virus is present outside the area covered by the condom - you can transmit herpes or if you are using a condom and your genitalia come in contact with active herpes on the female genitalia, you can contract herpes.
If you are allergic to latex condoms , using lambskin condo...
Most of us with type 2 diabetes realize that our relatives are increased risk compared with the general population. And, knowing how inconvenient it is to have diabetes, we would like to help ensure that our relatives don’t get this disease.
How best can we do this?
The earlier people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the greater the probability that they will be able to reverse the condition. Even better is when a person is diagnosed with prediabetes, before too many beta cells (the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin) have been destroyed.
So one thing relatives could do would be to insist on an annual blood glucose (BG) test by their physician. The problem with this approach is that in early stages of type 2 diabetes, your fasting levels often remain in the normal range but your postprandial (after eating) levels are higher than normal, and standard lab tests usually measure fasting BG.
A way to get around this is to have relatives occasion...
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