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Latest by Joanna Mandell, M.D., M.S.

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Prevention

The HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer. So Why Aren’t More Kids Getting It?

What every parent needs to know about this potentially life-saving shot.

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Prevention

Tips for Picking an IUD

How do you know which IUD will work best for you? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of all five options.

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Patients Push for Long-Acting Birth Control to Cut Down on Costs

Search for IUDs—long-acting birth control methods—reached an all time high due to the fear that healthcare options (and coverage) may change at any time.

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Symptoms

What You Need to Know About Genital Warts and HPV

HPV is so common that doctors predict almost everyone will someday contract it if not vaccinated. But what about genital warts?

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Vaccines

Yes, Boys Should Get the HPV Vaccine, Too

The HPV vaccine: It’s not just for girls anymore. Learn why it’s important for boys to get vaccinated, how it helps prevent cancers in men, and more.

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Symptoms

Why Isn’t There an HPV Test for Men?

More and more men are being diagnosed with HPV-related cancers of the throat. So why aren’t they routinely screened for the virus?

PrEP
Prevention

Should You Take PrEP to Prevent HIV? Here's What You Should Know

The drug is more than 90% effective at preventing the spread of HIV through sex. So why aren’t more docs prescribing it?

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Prevention

How to Navigate Oral Sex With HSV-1 and HSV-2

If someone with a cold sore performs oral sex on a partner, can the partner get genital herpes? Get the answer this and other oral herpes questions here.

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Myths

Don’t Believe These HPV Vaccine Myths

Are you still deciding whether you or your child should get the HPV vaccine? Here are the myths and facts surrounding it.

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Symptoms

What’s the Difference Between The Herpes Viruses?

Is a cold sore the same virus as genital herpes? Can you get HSV-1 and HSV-2 genitally? Get the answers to these and other herpes questions.