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sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs)

Of all the STIs, herpes might be the most misunderstood. From dire warnings and photos of serious infections in high school sex ed to jokes made on sitcoms to passing comments from friends, we’re constantly getting the message that getting herpes is the worst thing that could ever happen to a person. But that’s more about STI stigma than it is about the reality of living with herpes.

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Everything you need to know about this common STI


sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) , condom, health, HPV, internal condom, safety, provider perspective

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…

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What’s normal, what’s not, and when to see your health care provider

After puberty, having vaginal discharge is normal. The exact amount varies by person, but normal vaginal discharge is clear to white in color, has minimal or no odor, and can be thick, thin, or…

It’s not as scary as it sounds


sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) , birth control, how-to, telehealth, health care

Getting sexual and reproductive health services can be…awkward. The whole process of going to the doctor, getting up on that table, and talking about your sex life can be enough to make even a seasoned sex educator blush. But luckily, there’s a way you can get your birth control and sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests without having to look another person in the face: telehealth.