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What is semen made of?

What is semen made of? The answer might surprise you. The first and most common misconception to address is that semen and sperm are not the same thing. While the two terms are sometimes discussed interchangeably, semen and sperm are different. Sperm are reproductive...

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Can You Donate Blood if You Have Herpes?

Can you donate blood if you have herpes or another STD? With January being national blood donor month, this question is undoubtedly on the minds of many. Whether you have herpes or another STD, or you are STD free, you might be curious about...

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Can a Pap Smear Detect STDs?

There are many components to the recommended annual well-woman exam, including a pap smear, but can a pap smear detect STDs? Pap smears are essential in the early detection of cervical cancer, and while that often involves the detection of HPV, it’s unlikely that...

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Yeast Infection vs UTI: What’s the difference?

When comparing a yeast infection vs UTI, while some of the symptoms might seem similar, they’re actually very different infections. In this blog, we’ll break down what the differences are between the two infections and several other related infections that fall under the umbrella...

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QUIZ: How do I know if I have Gonorrhea?

If you’re asking yourself, “how do I know if I have gonorrhea,” unfortunately, the answer may not be easy to find. Gonorrhea is one of the most common STDs in the US, with the CDC estimating 820,000 cases of gonorrhea annually. Reported cases of...

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A young woman scratching her arm, similar to someone with scabies.

Is Scabies an STD?

Is scabies an STD? In short, no. This contagious skin condition is most commonly passed through non-sexual skin-to-skin contact. However, it can technically be considered a sexually transmitted disease or infection because it is commonly spread through sexual and other intimate contact. What is...

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How Often Should I Get Tested for STDs?

How often you should get tested for STDs and STIs is different for everyone and depends on a lot of personal aspects relating to your sex life. In general, getting tested annually is the absolute minimum for sexually active adults, but there are a...

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