First off, no one knows it all. Second off, the only way to know more than you did yesterday is to look and listen. That is what happens here, discussions about things not typically discussed, or discussed enough at least.

Have a topic you'd like to have discussed, suggest it here. You need not leave a name, just a thought or a question.


STD AWARENESS MONTH  April 4th, 2013
April is STD Awareness Month
April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month, and as a veteran of public health, Iíve seen STD Awareness Months come and go. But this April we are facing challenges to our sexual health like never before, such as the growing possibility of a drug resistant gonorrhea epidemic, high rates of STDs among our young people, and mounting evidence showing a strong link between HIV and STDs. Itís time for us to talk about the role each of us can play to improve sexual health in our community.

While there is no easy answer or single reason ďwhyĒ people contract an STD, research indicates that solutions must go beyond individual characteristics or behaviors. Educators, parents, youth advocates, HIV/AIDS organizations, physicians, legislators, health departments, and researchers, all have a role to play in reducing the impact of STDs.

ē Parents are the primary health educators for young people. Young people need their parentís guidance throughout their

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HIV TESTING  January 18th, 2013
Are You 1 in 4?
One in four new HIV infections each year is in youth 13 Ė 24 years old and about 60% of those new infections are in African Americans according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can have HIV and not even know it. About 60% of youth donít know they are infected with HIV. You may think you donít have HIV because you havenít had sex with anyone who looked dirty or like they have HIV. The truth is you canít really look and tell who has HIV and who does not. The only way to tell is to get tested. If you plan to have sex with someone, ask if they have been tested for HIV and how long ago it was. Many people think they are HIV negative, but have never had an actual test. If someone hasnít had a test, they are not negative, but unknown. Some may have tested, but the test was a couple of years ago and they have had partners since then. You can also ask your partner to go with you and get an HIV test together. To find a testing center near

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STD MYTH  BLUE WAFFLE  January 18th, 2013
Blue Waffle: Fact or Fiction
Have you come to the website looking for information on a new STD called the Blue Waffle? There are some pictures floating around the Internet and specific websites claiming this is a new disease that is spread sexually and causes a womanís vagina to turn blue. Well, we can tell you that there is no credible evidence that blue waffle disease actually exists. While the blue waffles isnít real, there are plenty of other STDs to be concerned about so if you choose to have sex, choose to have safer sex.

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  December 19th, 2012
Unwanted gifts
The holiday season is a time for giving gifts, but some gifts are unwanted. You know what Iím talking about Ė that ugly sweater, the cheap toy that breaks the first time you play with it, the cow figurine somebody gives you because you mentioned in passing when you were four years old that you like cows and they took that to mean that you wanted a cow figurine every year for the rest of your life. The list could go on and on. When talking about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), if you are infected and donít have any symptoms, you can be passing on the infection to other people and not even know it. While most people would not consider STIs as gifts, a lot of people would definitely say they are unwanted and they donít want to receive one. This holiday season, please take a moment and get tested so one more unwanted gift can be stopped. To find a location near you, please click on ďGET TESTEDĒ on our home page and you will be directed to our zip code search. Getting tested for

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TESTING  STD  December 29th, 2010
What STD testing is all about.
When you take control by taking the test, it's relatively easy. Here are some things that may happen:
Physical exam-Your health care provider may look at your genitals and/or your anus for any signs of an infection, such as a rash, discharge, sores, or warts. For women, this exam can be similar to a pelvic exam. Feel funny if a complete stranger asks to look at your junk? Don't stress! It's their job. Trust them, they've seen lots of junk! Yours isn't special...although you may think so.

Urine sample -You may be asked to pee into a cup. Can it get any easier? Just a little concentration on aiming, and you're set. Urine samples can be used to test for chlamydia or gonorrhea. Results of a pee test can take a few days to a week.

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STD  LIST  December 22nd, 2010
Top Ten Things about STDs
  1. Women are more susceptible to STDs than men.
    It has nothing to do with promiscuity. Women are more vulnerable to infection than men because of their anatomy. With some STD's, it is easier for men to transmit infections to women than vice versa. STDs are also more difficult to detect in women.
  2. There are more than 25 known STDs.
    The most common STDs are Chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, genital herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, pubic lice/crabs, and trichomoniasis. Since 1980, more than eight new STDs, including HIV/AIDS, have been identified. Infections can be viral, bacterial or parasitic.

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TESTING  PARTNER  December 15th, 2010
How to Talk to Your Partner About STD Testing
Getting tested is a lot easier to talk about if you know what you're talking about. First off, know that STDs are common and most people who have one don't know it. So if you KNOW you have one there is a lot you can do to NOT pass it along. And the sooner you get yourself treatment the better things will be, your health in particular, for you and your partner.

Talking about STDs and testing is a lot less uncomfortable than discovering you have an STD after you have sex - or finding out that you gave one to your partner. It's also a good way to learn more about your partner and your relationship: Is your partner willing to talk about this? Does he or she respect what you want? Does your partner try to make the conversation easier (by really listening, reacting, and understanding) or harder (by shutting down, acting defensive, or making fun of you)?

Here are some tips on how to get yourself talking and ask your partner to get tested for STDs.

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CONDOM  STD  December 8th, 2010
For the Love of Latex! All About Condoms!
Of course, abstinence from sexual activity is the ONLY 100% to avoid getting an STD. But, if you have questions about condoms, here are the answers!

Why should I use condoms?
It's simple: a latex condom, used correctly, every time you have sex, offers excellent protection against STDs and pregnancy. There are other methods of birth control, but they don't offer any protection against STDs. Condoms come in so many shapes, sizes, and flavors these days (see below) that you and your partner are sure to find a favorite (and have fun trying).

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