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...
I'm always amazed at the amount of
misinformation, or lack of information, that people have about Herpes. Often when I tell a new partner that I have
Herpes his response is a simple "I know nothing about that, so it doesn't
really bother me". I also hear
contrasting information from doctors. For example, just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me she was concerned
that she may have picked up an STD from a casual fling. Her doctor gave her tests for everything but
Herpes, saying that the Herpes test was too expensive to do and that if my friend
did, in fact, have the disease she would surely already know. I was suprised by the doctor's decision
given the statistics about the number of people who have the disease but don't
I told my friend about my
first six months with the disease in which I had a light rash above my
butt. It was so insignificant that I
tried to make an appointment with my dermatologist, thinking it was just an
allergic reaction. When I coul...
Often, the hardest part of screening and testing isn’t undergoing the tests themselves, but waiting for results to come back. If you’re like most people, you will want your test results as soon as possible. With an emergency or just before a chemotherapy treatment, test results generally come back quickly. But when your doctor orders a non-emergency test — which most breast-cancer-related tests are — the lab or radiology department may not send the results back as quickly. Your doctor isn’t likely to know when the test actually gets done or if the results are available until the report comes into the office 3 to 7 days later. Meanwhile, you may think that your doctor has the results and isn’t getting back to you.
Although there is no way to make test results come back any faster, there are steps you can take to feel more in control of the process. Simply asking about when to expect results and making arrangements with your doctor to get them can go a long way toward reducing anxiety. ...
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