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Sexual Health

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Learn about the different types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like herpes, chlamydia, and HPV, and get information on testing, symptoms, treatments, telling your partner, and prevention.

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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.

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Healthy Conversations

How to Tell Your Partner You Have Herpes

Take it from someone who’s been there: Disclosing your STI status can be scary, but doing it has tons of advantages.

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Prevention

Can You Get Herpes From...? Your Questions Answered

First of all, don’t panic. Learn just how the herpes virus is transmitted and whether you’re at risk from things like toilet seats and towels.

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Prevention

The Herpes Viruses are Getting Smarter

Find out what it means for prevention and treatment.

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Risk Factors

HPV and Head and Neck Cancer

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. And it's a rising cause of throat cancer. Learn how you can protect yourself.

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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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Second Opinion

Afraid to Tell Your Partner About Your STI? Here’s Why It’s Important to Do It Anyway

Talking to your significant other or sex partner about sexually transmitted infections can be downright scary, but disclosing your status is crucial, according to herpes activists — here’s why.

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Vaccines

HPV and Pap Tests: 9 Common Questions Answered

Confused about cervical cancer screening? Learn what different tests look for and what your results may mean here.

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Treatment

A Novel Chlamydia Treatment Shows Promise

Researchers say they’ve developed a new way to treat chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis) — the most common bacterial STI (sexually transmitted infection).

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Living With

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health After a Herpes Diagnosis

A genital herpes diagnosis can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety — among other struggles. Here’s how to combat the stigma and take care of your mental health.

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Medication

The Trick to Treating Trichomoniasis Could Be More Antibiotics

The recommended single dose of the antibiotic metronidazole or tinidazole doesn’t always eliminate trichomoniasis, the most common curable STD.

Meet the Experts

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.
Health Professional

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D., LCCE, CLC, AdvCD(DONA) is a childbirth educator, doula, founder of Childbirth.org, and author.

Emily Depasse
Patient Expert

Emily Depasse is currently working on her MSW and MEd Human Sexuality. Her research interests include sexually transmitted infections, specifically genital herpes, and the role that female body image plays in shaping sexual experiences.

Eileen Bailey
Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.