The New World of Cervical Cancer Screening

September 28, 2016
It used to be very simple – a woman had an annual Pap test. Now, Paps can be done alone or in combination with an HPV test (one HPV test can even be used for primary cervical cancer screening). Added to the mix is a set of updated guidelines that, for most women, means an annual cervical cancer screening exam is a thing of the past.

It can all be very confusing, even for healthcare providers! Not to worry: in this episode, we talk to Ina Park, MD, who sorts it all out for us. Dr. Park is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Park is also the medical director of the California Prevention Training Center.

Zika Virus Update

May 26, 2016
As Congress considers funding to answer the many unknown questions about Zika virus and to proactively push out education and awareness messages for Zika, Fred Wyand discusses what we know about Zika virus, sexual transmission, and ways to protect against it.

Treating Adolescent Male Patients: An Interview with Dr. David Bell

March 31, 2016
Taking care of young males is often a challenge, since most young men do not visit their healthcare providers on a regular basis. In this episode, Dr. David Bell discusses ways to build rapport with patients, elements of the physical examination, immunizations, sexual health, and other matters of relevance to this population. Dr. Bell is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director of The Young Men’s Clinic at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

My Sexual Awakening at 70

March 31, 2016
Tales of sexual exploration, pleasure, and a sense of freedom, fulfillment and finding oneself. This episode of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast features a chat with Lynn Brown Rosenberg, author of My Sexual Awakening at 70: And What Led Me Here.

Coping with Cervical Cancer

September 29, 2015
Cancer can be isolating, and it’s easy to see where friends and family members who haven’t personally dealt with cancer—and if they have, probably haven’t dealt with your specific cancer—aren’t able to fully relate and a patient can feel alone in some ways. The volunteer chapter leaders who work with ASHA’s National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) understand this well; many chapter leaders are cervical cancer survivors or patients, others are family members who lost a loved one to the disease.

In honor of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, ASHA’s Fred Wyand asked NCCC chapter leaders to share their insights around what NCCC offers, coping with treatment and follow-up, and anything else they think women and families should know when it comes to dealing with cervical cancer. Fred shares their responses in this episode and underscores the need for support and the value in finding others who really understand and appreciate what a patient is going through.

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