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On June 9, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first
effective vaccine against Human Papillomavirus, a sexually
transmitted infection that is one of the major causes of cervical
cancer. On the heels of this approval, which represents a crucial
breakthrough in the efforts of scientists, doctors and public
health officials to combat the spread of STDs in the United
States and elsewhere, the Medical College of Georgia announced
today that significant strides have been made towards the
development of another STD vaccine, which will protect against
There is a pressing need to develop an effective protection
against this disease. Genital herpes affects one out of every four
American women and one out of every five American men, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although it is not
life-threatening in adults, it is particularly dangerous to babies;
transmission of the virus from the mother to the child during
pregnancy or childbearing...
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...
Raising the Alarm on STDs in Teen Girls Did you hear the recent study that showed that one in four girls and young women are infected with an STD - Chlamydia, genital herpes, trichomonas, or human papillomavirus (HPV)? And 15% had more than one STD! Given what I've seen in practice, this is not that surprising, but it is very alarming. What is surprising is the complete lack of understanding of the consequences of these infections. According to the study - which looked at a sampling of teenage girls (ages14-19) in 2003 and 2004 -- the two most common STDS were HPVand Chlamydia. HPV can cause cervical cancer and genital warts, and Chlamydia, if left untreated, can cause infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Interestingly, the study has reignited the debate over what it will take to prevent these infections in young women. The current administration has spent over a billion dollars on abstinence programs that they believe will curb the spr...
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