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...
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...
How time slips by. It's already March and I'm just now finishing scheduling the medical and dental appointments for my family. It's a good idea to check in with a physician on an annual basis to make sure that you're in the best of health, particularly if you have Genital Herpes. And for many of us who are generally healthy, an annual physical checkup is the best way to go. Here's a general checklist of what you need: Shots. Everyone hates them, but immunizations save lives. For adults, I usually recommend: A tetanus shot every 10 years Guardasil for women ages 12-26 An annual flu shot for everyone A shingles vaccine for adults over the age of 60 who haven't had the disease Pneumovax every 5-10 years for adults over the age of 65 or earlier if you have diabetes, heaert disease, asthma or any chronic disease. Blood pressure check. I think that everyone over the age of 20 should know their blood pressure. Annual screening isn't recommended unti...
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