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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...
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...
Charlotte Grayson, M.D., is an internist in the Atlanta area. Dr. Grayson is a 1995 graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency in 1998 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. For seven years, Dr. Grayson was Senior Medical Editor for a leading healthcare content company. Dr. Grayson frequently speaks to the media about health. Interviews with her have appeared on Fox News and CNN and she contributed to health content toTIME, Real Simple, Women’s Health and WebMD magazines. Currently, Dr. Grayson is in medical practice part-time. She spends the rest of her time chasing two preschoolers with her husband. In her abundant free time, Dr. Grayson loves to cook and read. If you have a question for Dr. Grayson, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and check back at the first of the month to see whether it’s been answered. Once a month, Dr. Grayson will pick three to five of your questions to answer in her ...
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