On October 19, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released their annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report. According to the report, the three most prevalent STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have regained popularity among the 15- to 24-year-old U.S. population. In fact, the number of diagnosed cases reported in 2015 among these diseases […]
A woman tends to choose birth control based on what she considers to be the most convenient and effective method for her. However, it’s important to weigh carefully the risks and side effects of each method. Contraceptives were used during the month of conception in 48% of unintended pregnancies.1 Male Condom: 82-98% effective at preventing […]
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections spread by sexual contact with skin, genitals, mouth, rectum, or body fluids. Click here to read a full report, “Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among female adolescents aged 14 to 19 in the United States.” What is Your STD Risk Ratio?
Sex is fun. It’s in the moment. It’s a gratifying experience with little consequence… that you can see right now anyway. But with every seemingly good thing can come unintended results, and those can sometimes be more than you bargained for – like an STD. Take a moment to ask yourself these 3 questions: 1. […]
The illicit use of drugs – prescription, over-the-counter or illegal – during pregnancy can greatly affect the health of both the fetus and the mother. If you’ve been using drugs and are pregnant, contact your health care provider right away. Maternal Risks Studies show that women who use illegal drugs such as heroine, cocaine or […]
Although condoms may help to reduce the risk of contracting STD’s in general, the fact is that they cannot protect you from specific types of infections. For example, in the case of genital ulcer diseases (such as herpes and syphilis) and HPV (human papillomavirus), “latex condoms can only protect against transmission when the ulcers or infections […]
Despite the advocacy of condom use to reduce your risk of acquiring an STD, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states, “there’s no absolute guarantee even when you use a condom”. Even the CDC does not embrace the term safe sex, calling it “less risky” sex instead.1 What they also fail to mention is what […]