Illustration of college students sitting on an oversized stack of books, tiny cartoon viruses and bacteria floating around them.

STDs in College

While the goal of most college experiences is to prepare you for life ahead, the experience of contracting an STD in college can create life-altering complications. Entering college for the first time as a young adult can be an exciting new chapter in life,...

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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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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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STDs and Pregnancy

The relationship between STDs and pregnancy is a fraught one. If you’re pregnant and are infected with an STD or STI, there’s a possibility that your infection is affecting both you and your unborn baby. That can be scary because many STDs are asymptomatic....

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Woman, looking into the distance, wondering about STDs from Trying on Bathing Suits.

Can You Get an STD From Trying on Bathing Suits?

Can you get an STD from trying on bathing suits? It’s a common question, and for good reason. It’s tempting to try on an article of clothing that’s new, in the store, with the tags on, and not remind yourself just how many other...

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A man wondering about the truth on how it is to contract HIV.

How Hard Is It To Contract HIV?

If you’re wondering how hard is it to contract HIV, chances are it’s because of the many misconceptions surrounding HIV. There are lots of myths people fall for, which can be difficult to dispel. Many people don’t learn about HIV and AIDS in school....

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11 Safe Sex Practices That Actually Work

If you are sexually active, you need to ensure that you are always having the safest sex possible. This can help you drastically reduce the risk of catching STDs such as herpes and HIV. This may be the unglamorous side of being sexually active,...

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Charlie Sheen Reveals HIV Status

Charlie Sheen was once again at the front and center of news headlines earlier this week when he announced his HIV positive status during an appearance on the TODAY Show. His brave announcement further brought home the notion that HIV infection is an issue...

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April is STD Testing Awareness Month – Why It Matters

While attitudes related to sex have changed dramatically over the course of recent decades, the risks that come with regular sexual activity have not. That doesn’t mean that all people should see abstinence as the only way to move forward; it means that normalizing...

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