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Everything you need to know about this common STI

IT seems like everybody’s talking about human papillomavirus (HPV) these days. From flyers in your health care provider’s office to ads in subway cars, information about HPV is everywhere. And that’s a good thing because HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) out there. In fact, the CDC reports that almost everyone who is sexually active will get HPV in their lifetime unless they are vaccinated.

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New Year’s resolutions are tricky. On the one hand, there is something nicely symbolic about starting a new calendar year by setting intentions to make the coming year a better one. At the same…

Telehealth options for STI testing can make life easier

No one likes getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You have to talk about your sex life with a stranger. (Or, worse, the same health care provider your mom goes to.) You have to make time for, schedule, and go to an appointment. Then you have to have swabs and/or blood taken, neither of which is at the top of anyone’s “fun things to do” list. But in the age of telemedicine, a few companies are making it easier than ever to get tested.

A little self-love can go a long way

Sex toy company Good Vibrations began International Masturbation Month in 1995, soon after Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders was forced to resign for having the audacity to suggest that young people should learn about masturbation as part of sex education. The goal of the month-long celebration has always been to fight the taboos against self-pleasure and remind people that masturbation is not just safe and healthy but really good for us.