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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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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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Why You're Not Too Old to Get an STI

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Your Surprise Herpes Diagnosis: 10 Things You Need to Know

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I Have an STD. Should I Tell My Partner?

Telling your partner you have an STD can be nerve-wracking. But here’s why it’s important.

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Diagnosis

Genital Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but it can be managed. Here’s what you need to know.

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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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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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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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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.

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.