Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Gonococcal Arthritis

Like chlamydia, the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea can infiltrate the joints of unwitting victims and cause arthritis. Typically this condition, called gonococcal arthritis, is more

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Trichomoniasis (Trich)

What is trichomoniasis? It’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes vaginitis (vaginal inflammation) and infects a man’s urethra. Each year, more than seven million Americans

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Syphilis

What is syphilis? Although its incidence dropped substantially during the 1990s, this potentially deadly disease is on the rise again in the U.S. According to

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HIV Medications

Do I need to take medication if I’m HIV-positive? Back in the mid-1980s — before doctors really knew what caused acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

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HIV and AIDS

What is AIDS? It’s a disease that first surfaced in 1981, when scientists discovered a previously unknown human retrovirus linked to the outbreak of a

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Living Healthy With HIV

Getting infected with HIV — the human immunodeficiency virus — is a life-changing event. With access to treatment, that’s life-changing — not life-ending. If you

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HIV Home Testing Kit

If you think you might have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS, you need to find out for sure. Fortunately, there’s a

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Gonorrhea

What is gonorrhea? Many people view gonorrhea as an old-fashioned venereal disease, one that’s been almost wiped out by modern antibiotics. But in reality gonorrhea

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Cytomegalovirus

What is cytomegalovirus (CMV)? Although few people have heard of cytomegalovirus, or CMV, many of us are carrying it at this very moment. It’s a

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Crab Lice

What are crabs? Lice are bad enough when you get them on your scalp. But if you catch pubic lice — more commonly known as

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Chlamydia

What is chlamydia? It’s a sexually transmitted disease that has recently (and sneakily) assumed the status of an epidemic. Chlamydia is easily cured, but it’s

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Chancroid

What is chancroid? Chancroid (pronounced shan-kroid) is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium called Hemophilus ducreyi. Though it’s most prevalent in developing and

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