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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

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By Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

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    • Is Oral Sex Safe Sex? Created: Sunday, February 17, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      It's all very well and good to say that oral sex is not safe sex, but how much of a risk are you actually taking if you choose to practice unprotected oral sex? What sexually transmitted diseases can be transferred from genitals to mouth and vice versa?
    • Five Reasons Everyone Should Get Tested for STDs Created: Monday, November 12, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      STD screening is something that everyone needs at least once in their lives, and most people need to be tested on a far more regular basis than that.
    • Is the HPV Vaccine Racist? Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      Is the HPV vaccine racist? Depending on how you look at things, the answer could be seen as either yes or no.
    • Is There A Link Between STDs & Prostate Cancer? Created: Sunday, August 10, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
      Both herpes and trichomoniasis infections have been linked to the risk of prostate cancer. However, the reason for that link isn't as clear as it is for the link between HPV and cervical cancer.
    • Myths About Safe Sex Created: Friday, December 21, 2007 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      The justifications people come up with for not practicing safer sex continue to amaze. Learn about the top 10 misconceptions people have about why they don't need to practice safer sex, and the fac...
    • How is Bacterial Vaginosis Treated? Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Bacterial vaginosis can be treated either orally or topically.
    • How is Chlamydia Treated? Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics.
    • Can I Get Syphilis From Oral Sex? Created: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Scientists think that transmission by oral sex is one of the reasons that syphilis is on the rise again after years of decline. Practicing safe oral sex can help to reduce the spread of syphilis.
    • Fit Kit Condoms - Pick Your Size Created: Thursday, January 07, 2010 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Men come in all shapes and sizes, but until recently the number of different condom sizes was somewhat limited. Then the Fit Kit condom came on the market, and all of a sudden there were many diffe...
    • What Causes Vaginal Itching? Created: Thursday, July 09, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      There are many conditions that can cause vaginal itching, some of which are sexually transmitted diseases and some of which are not. Although only a doctor can diagnose the cause of your vaginal it...
    • How to Make Your Own Dental Dam From a Condom Created: Saturday, August 11, 2007 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      Dental dams can be hard to find, not to mention expensive. You can, however, make your own dental dam with a condom and a pair of scissors!
    • Syphilis: An Overview Created: Monday, May 28, 2007 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      Syphilis may start by causing a painless rash, but if left untreated it can go all the way to your brain. It is spread by direct contact with a syphilis sore, usually during oral, vaginal, or anal ...
    • How to Use a Condom Created: Monday, May 11, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Images of the proper way to use a condom during and after sex.
    • Throw Away The Condom Created: Monday, May 11, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      When throwing away a condom after sex, it may be a good idea to wrap it in toilet paper or tissue to prevent it from leaking and making a mess. Page 9.
    • Top Risk Factors for Acquiring an STD Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      What social and biological factors put a person at increased risk of acquiring an STD?
    • Top Ways to Avoid Contracting an STD Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      You know you want to have sex, but what's the best way to do so as safely as possible? How can you reduce the risk of contracting an STD? Here Are The Top 10 Ways to Avoid Contracting an STD If You...
    • Everyone Should Know About Asymptomatic STDs Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      One of the factors that makes STDs so common is that most people with an STD don't even know that they are sick. It is not uncommon to be infected but have no STD symptoms, in other words people ar...
    • How is Trichomoniasis Treated? Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Trichomoniasis is treated with one of two drugs - metronidazole or tinidazole.
    • Nongonoccocal Urethritis: An Overview Created: Monday, May 28, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Nongonoccocal urethritis is a diagnosis of exclusion. It describes the symptoms you are experiencing, but rather than telling you what disease you have it tells you what disease you don't.
    • How is Non-Gonoccocal Urethritis (NGU) Treated? Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Most cases of NGU are treated the same way as chlamydia.
    • How Do I Get Treated for Mycoplasma Genitalium? Created: Sunday, March 16, 2008 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Mycoplasma genitalium is the most common cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men, and is often associated with bacterial vaginosis and cervicitis in women. It is treated with antibiotics.
    • How is Chancroid Treated? Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Chancroid is treated with antibiotics.
    • How are Scabies Treated? Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Scabies are treated with topical pesticides.
    • How are Pubic Lice Treated? Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Pubic lice are normally treated with topical pesticides.
    • The Affordable Care Act & Women's Health Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      The Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, has a number of provisions that are directly beneficial for women's health.
    • Violence and HIV Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Domestic violence has been linked to HIV risk across a variety of types of relationships.
    • Online Dating and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Created: Saturday, July 05, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Online dating can be a great option for people with STDs to meet others in similar situations. On the other hand, it can also increase risky forms of casual sex.
    • The Lowdown On the Down Low Created: Sunday, November 18, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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.
    • What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? Created: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Many people don't understand the difference between HIV and AIDS. HIV is a virus; AIDS is a definition
    • What is Contact Tracing? Created: Thursday, December 06, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Contact tracking is one way in which governments try to limit the spread of STD epidemics.
    • How Can My Partner and I Have Gonorrhea If We've Been Faithful? Created: Thursday, November 05, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Recently someone wrote to me asking how he and his partner could both have gonorrhea if they had been faithful to each other in the year since they'd been together. I asked him if they'd both been ...
    • Sex Myths: It's the Man's Responsibility to Buy Condoms Created: Monday, May 23, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Another prevalent STD myth is that it's the man's responsibility to buy condoms. The truth is that it's everyone's responsibility to be prepared to have safe sex.

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