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Survey Says: Docs Pap Testing Too Much

Jun 17, 2010 | Women's Health |HPV |Cervical cancer | Comments (1)

The L.A. Times recently posted an article about a CDC survey that found most physicians don’t follow guidance about the frequency of cervical cancer screening. I encourage you to read it and provide feedback!

Many women are used to being “screened” for cervical cancer – that is, having a Pap test – every year. Cervical cancer tends to develop slowly, though, and current research shows that for most women, annual Pap tests aren’t needed.


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CDC Data on African-Americans and Herpes

Jun 4, 2010 | STDs/STIs | Comments (0)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics say that approximately 17% of all Americans ages 14-49 have herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2, usually associated with genital herpes), but among African-Americans the rate is more than doubled. Black women are especially hit hard, with nearly half in this study found to have HSV-2.

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Sex and the Senior Set

May 21, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (0)
The notion that older people have sex lives isn’t as quaint or as easily dismissed as in years past, I believe. The age of Viagra® allows countless men to stand at attention and report for duty even as they qualify for the senior menu at most any chain restaurant. Then there’s the phenomenon of “cougars” – older women hooking up with younger guys – that has such cultural cache its spawned everything from television shows to niche online dating sites. The idea that “40 is the new 30” has been stretched to the point that even those in their sixth and seventh decades look, feel, and act “younger” than in generations past.

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Egads! Where are the 'nether regions'?

May 11, 2010 | Sexual Health |Adolescent health | Comments (1)
Okay. So the 11:00 pm news is on and I perk up when I hear news about sexting by teen girls recently uncovered in a suburban county in Maryland. No surprise of course, but newsworthy and in my backyard. Then, a normally articulate, police department spokesperson attempts to describe these texts. Uh oh. What’s a nice guy to say on national TV? Well, these images are troubling. In fact, these girls were sending very explicit pictures, he explains. Including pictures of “their nether regions, if you will.” Seriously? Their nether regions? Holland maybe?

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Condoms and Earth Day: Wrap Your Willie and Save the World?

Apr 23, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health |Condoms | Comments (1)

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the Center for Biological Diversity distributed 250,000 latex condoms to counter what it says is the harsh environmental impact of an expanding global population.

Ah, but there was a hitch to their pitch. Leslie Kaufman, writing in the Green blog on the website of the New York Times, points out that critics note the condoms given away by the organization are made of latex, which doesn’t break down easily when discarded (think landfills) and might be considered a somewhat odd choice for a group promoting environmental responsibility.


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