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STDs aren't just a problem for one group. They affect different types of people - young and old, rich and poor, of all races and sexual orientations. Find out more about how STDs affect specific communities.
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What is the Relationship Between Transactional Sex & STDs?
People who trade sex for money or drugs are said to be engaging in transactional sex. They may have an increased STD risk for a number of reasons.

Racism - Health Disparities
Users discuss their feelings about whether healthcare programs that are targeted at specific minority groups serve a useful purpose or are an example of institutional racism.

The Lowdown On the Down Low
Men on the down low are men who sleep with other men while in relationships with women. Learn why this happens, and the sexual hazards associated with down low lifestyles.

STDs & the Elderly
Sexually transmitted diseases aren't only a problem of the young. Older people can suffer from them, too. In fact, there are several reasons why older adults may actually be in more danger from STDs than their younger companions.

Safer Sex For Lesbians
Women who have sex with women don't need to worry about getting pregnant, so they frequently also fail to think about safer sex. Unfortunately, safer sex is important for everyone - even lesbians.

The Problem With Virginity Pledges
Focusing on the abstract concept of virginity is a dangerous way to approach sex education. Ask any two people, and they may not even agree on what it means. That's a problem, because shouldn't sex education help you figure out what you should and shouldn't do?

Why Are Young Women More Biologically Susceptible To Cervical Infections?
The transformation zone of the cervix is larger in young women.

Gay Men, HPV, and Anal Cancer

This article describes the need for HIV/AIDS education for the elderly. In the United States, approximately 10% of new HIV diagnoses occur in people 50 and older.

HIV/AIDS and African Americans
This is the CDC's resource page for information about African Americans and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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