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Can Mosquitoes Transmit HIV?

It’s well known that mosquitoes are carriers for infections viruses, but can mosquitoes transmit HIV? In this blog, we’ll break down this common misconception about mosquitos and HIV symptoms and answer that question. Mosquitoes are notorious for spreading more than a few dangerous infections,...

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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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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for New Couples

When you’re dating someone new, coming up with Valentine’s Day date ideas can be daunting. You don’t want to go too big or bold too soon, but you also don’t want to underplay the holiday for fear of potentially upsetting your new partner. Here...

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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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STDs in College: Common Infections and How to Prevent Them

If you’re in college, chances are you’re already worried about test scores. But there’s another set of test scores you should be worrying about: your STD testing results. STD incidences are on the rise, especially among young people. According to CDC, nearly half of...

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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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What are the Chances of Getting an STD with a Condom?

Figuring out the chances of getting an STD with a condom on isn’t as simple as citing a statistic. There are a lot of different factors that can affect your chances of contracting an STD even if you’re using a condom. Latex condoms have...

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