Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise, which makes many people question the risk of getting such. While becoming infected is possible through unprotected intercourse, is it possible to get two conditions at the same time? The answer is an unfortunate yes and there have been instances of multiple STDs being passed from one partner to the other.Continue reading
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6 Reasons to Get Tested for STDs Regularly
Whether you’re in a committed relationship or still exploring, being responsible towards your health and your partners is of paramount importance. One of the best ways to ensure everyone’s wellbeing includes regular STI testing. Here are the main reasons why you should engage in it on a regular basis.Continue reading
What Is the Difference Between Viral and Bacterial STIs?
You probably know that the most common types of STIs are caused by viruses and bacteria. Most people, however, are unaware of the important differences stemming from these two types of disease-causing microorganisms. While bacterial infections can be cured, there is no resolution for viral STIs at the time being.Continue reading
Is It Possible to Get Genital Herpes from Oral Herpes?
Oral and genital herpes are caused by two separate viruses that belong to the same family. This fact leads to important questions like can you get genital herpes from the oral virus and vice versa. The answer is yes and it all depends on the sexual practices you engage in.Continue reading
Through the years, HIV self-testing kits have become more readily available and popular. These are especially useful for high-risk individuals interested in maintaining their privacy. While convenient, however, HIV self-testing kits pose specific challenges that have to be addressed as soon as possible.Continue reading
Did the Covid-19 Pandemic Cause STD Testing Shortages?
The tools and the methodologies used for STI and for coronavirus testing are similar. As a result, sexual health clinics in many parts of the world have experienced a reduction in the availability of testing resources. This disruption has contributed to major issues pertaining to timely STI diagnoses.Continue reading
A New Cure for STD Trichomoniasis Is on the Way
Trichomoniasis is the most common STI not caused by a virus. While a treatment for the condition is already in existence, medical authorities are always looking for new cures. A new clinical trial suggests that a common antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis is also effective for overcoming trichomoniasis.Continue reading
Another Step Closer to Getting Rid of Herpes
A modification of the herpes simplex virus has enabled researchers to test a highly effective HSV vaccine on animals. In the study, the vaccine proved to be equally effective for the prevention of both oral and genital herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2).Continue reading
What STDs Can Teach Us About Overcoming the Coronavirus Pandemic
A number of important parallels exist between the ways the world has handled STIs through the decades and the approach towards the Covid-19 pandemic. Researchers believe that if we all learn the most important lessons, eradicating the novel coronavirus would be a much easier endeavour.Continue reading
New Study Shows Us Just How Bad Syphilis Was in Europe during the 18th Century
New analysis of historical records shows that large urban areas in Europe were plagued by STDs in the 18th century. The situation was so bad in places like London that one in five young adults under the age of 35 were diagnosed with a serious STD like syphilis.Continue reading