Ask Dr. Renee: Should Virgins Get Pap Smears?

Should Virgins Get Pap Smears?Ask Dr. Renee: Should Virgins Get Pap Smears?This was a very HOT topic!! "Should virgins get pap smears?" This sparked quite a conversation all over the internet....more

HPV in Black Women: Are the Odds Currently Stacked Against Us?

Recent news reports are shedding light on the theory that Black women and girls are less likely to be protected by the two HPV vaccines that are currently available on the market. HPV, the human papillomavirus, which can infect the genital area and is known to cause cervical cancer has over 100 different sub-types. ...more

HPV & Our Sons: Why I'm Vaccinating My Boys

I've always been wary of vaccines. We did choose to vaccinate our children, but at a much slower pace than the suggested multiple-shots-per-doctor's-visit. It's not that I wanted to cause a mumps outbreak in my city; I wanted to slow things down, to have some control over the amount of stuff entering my kids' bodies. I wanted to be able to watch for individual reactions, not wonder which vaccine did what if some adverse reaction did happen post-shot. But let me tell you something: The moment my oldest son turns 11-years-old? He's getting the Gardasil vaccine....more
I actually didn't know that boys could get the vaccine. I have girls and they are being ...more

Living With an STD: What It's Really Like

When you hear the term STD (sexually transmitted disease), what do you think of first? Grotesque pictures of maimed genitalia displayed on a projector during yester-year’s sex-ed class geared toward frightening you into abstinence? That scene from The Hangover where Sid says, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… except for herpes. That sh*t will come back with you”? ...more
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The HPV Vaccine: Why My Daughter Will Get Vaccinated

I don't often post about controversial subjects, because I am of the belief that the things which set us apart are what make us unique and beautiful. As long as you are informed and rational, I don't care what you do. Your politics, your religion, your health, are all your own personal choices.But damn it, I can't sit back and be quiet about the HPV vaccine debate anymore....more KarenLynnn ggrlswearthongs Diane Lang But you know what does mean it works? ...more

The Condom Broke! I Want to beTested for Everything!

If I had a nickel for every tim...more

Oral Sex Causes Oral Cancer—But Don’t Wig Out

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could blame all oral cancers on smoking ciggies and boozing it up? At least we already know we’re better off ditching those vices. But are we supposed to have NO fun? I mean, seriously. For the most part, oral sex is pretty dang safe. You can’t get knocked up. It’s much harder to contract most sexually transmitted diseases. And it feels oh-oh-oh so good. But it seems all good things come at a price. ...more
Having just finished radiation and chemo treatments for HPV 16 cancer on my bottom of my tongue ...more

What Is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

Q: I just found out I have HPV. What is it? HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease, and it will infect 75% of young women before the age of 50, if they don’t get vaccinated. It’s the virus that causes genital and anal warts, abnormal pap smears, and cervical cancer....more

April Was National STD Awareness Month Did You Get Screened?

Well, April has come and almost gone. With flowers budding and summer on it's way people often forget that April is National STD Awareness Month and it's a great excuse to get tested and push your partner to get tested. ...more