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The time has come. You're dating a great guy and you think that things may soon lead to the bedroom. But, being responsible, you know you've got to have "the talk" before things go any further.
This has got to be a difficult scenario to face. After all, you're in the midst of a blossoming romance with someone you care enough about to have sex AND share a very intimate and private piece of information about yourself.
Opening up about having an STD (particularly the ones that are incurable, like HIV, genital herpes and HPV infection) can be downright frightening and a lot of people may be tempted to opt out of having the discussion altogether. You may even wonder if using safe sex practices may spare you from an embarrassing conversation with someone you're just getting to know.
It might, but if you really care about the person with whom you are considering having sex, you should tell them. It's not always possible to know with complete certainty when an STD is transmissible.
Once you've had a symptomatic outbreak of herpes, you often can tell when another one is coming on. And, many, aware of the warning signs - burning, pain, itching - start therapy with an antiviral drug. After this prodrome, a person with genital herpes often has an outbreak of ulcers or blisters in the genital area. However, how many of you have treated what you thought was a herpes outbreak for a month or two and it STILL won't go away? If this is you, read on. While it is possible for a herpes outbreak to last a week or two, it's unusual for a healthy person with a healthy immune system to have a protracted outbreak of herpes. Do NOT assume that all genital symptoms are related to herpes. Here are some other genital problems that may mimic a herpes outbreak: 1. Yeast infection. People with herpes get yeast infections, which can cause itching, vaginal discharge, redness and irritation in the genital area. 2. Bacterial abscess. A bacterial i...
Definition Most bumps on the eyelid are styes. A stye is an inflamed oil gland on the edge of your eyelid, where the lash meets the lid. It appears as a red, swollen bump that looks like a pimple. It is tender, especially to the touch. Alternative Names Bump on the eyelid; Stye; Hordeolum Causes, incidence, and risk factors A stye is caused by bacteria from the skin that get into the oil glands in the eyelids that provide lubrication to the tear film. Styes are similar to common acne pimples that occur elsewhere on the skin. You may have more than one stye at the same time. Styes usually develop over a few days and may drain and heal on their own. A stye can become a chalazion -- this is when an inflamed oil gland becomes fully blocked. If a chalazion gets large enough, it can cause trouble with your vision. If you have blepharitis (see eye redness ), you are more likely to get styes. Other possible eyelid bumps include: Xanthelasma -- raised yellow patches on your eyelids that can happen with ...
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