In Honor of BV Awareness Day: Is it an STD?

Bacterial Vaginosis, more commonly referred to as BV, is the most common vaginal infection in women, and despite the fact that you can get it after having sex with a new partner, it is NOT a sexually transmitted disease; your new partner doesn’t infect you.  I can’t tell you how many times women have gone screeching into their GYN’s office freaking out that they got an STD because something smells funky down there (which is a good practice to have, btw) but BV isn’t an STD and you don’t need to trash your new partner all over town about it!...more

Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy and STDs

As an expectant mother, your health is paramount. You’ll become quite close with your doctor, who will offer all kinds of medical advice to keep you and your baby in the best condition possible. From staying away from certain kinds of seafood to getting the right amount of exercise, your health routines will need to change. Most prenatal care is common sense and easy to talk about, but some topics are a bit taboo. For example, STDs and pregnancy isn’t commonly discussed, and yet, it’s vital information for every mom to know. STDs can pass through your body and infect your baby....more

OraQuick: Would You Trust an At-Home HIV Test?

It's time-consuming and annoying to get an HIV test. You either have to take the time to go to your family doctor or a clinic -- and, of course, it can be embarrassing. Enter the OraQuick at-home HIV testing kit. It only takes about 20 minutes to get results. How it works, though, might be confusing....more
@Sista Pastah That's a very good point. I hadn't thought of that. No one should go through ...more

What is the most contagious STD?

I was quite shocked that crabs (AKA pubic lice) is as prevalent as it is. But in the past week I have been asked about it three different times from people all over the US, which made me think that this topic needed a little discussion related to what crabs are, how you get them, and how to treat them.  I wasn’t sure how prevalent they are, but they are clearly around, and infections are on the rise....more