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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

Updated Articles and Resources

By Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Is there a relationship between genetics and HIV resistance? Created: Sunday, January 25, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      There are genetic mutations that make some groups of people more susceptible to HIV than others.
    • Honey as a Herpes Treatment Created: Monday, September 21, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Honey is known to have anti-microbial and wound healing properties and has been tested as a herpes treatment. The results are actually somewhat promising.
    • Is It Possible To Have Safe Casual Sex or a Risk-Free One Night Stand? Created: Friday, June 18, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      You can’t actually have safe casual sex, but you can make your one night stand safer by following a few simple rules.
    • Making Casual Sex an Active Choice Created: Monday, December 12, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Sometimes the question isn't, "Do I have to disclose herpes before I have casual sex?" Instead, it's, "Is casual sex a good idea if I can't disclose my herpes?"
    • What is a Functional Cure for HIV? Created: Monday, August 06, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      When scientists talk about curing HIV they may mean one of two things, either an eradication of the virus from the body or a functional cure - where any remaining virus no longer causes problems.
    • Drug Classes Used for HIV Treatment Created: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Five main drug classes are used for HIV treatment - protease inhibitors, reverse transcriptase inhibitors (2 types), integrase inhibitors, and entry inhibitors.
    • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Created: Thursday, June 14, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts, as well as several reproductive and systemic cancers. The discovery that HPV caused infectious cancers was stunning. Even 30 years ago, if you had told doctors that a virus could cause cancer, most of them would have laughed you out of the room.
    • The Anal Pap Smear : Who, When, & Why Created: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      The anal pap smear is one way in which anal cancer can be detected. Anal cancer is one of the major possible effects of HPV infection in men.
    • The Lowdown On the Down Low Created: Sunday, November 18, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 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.
    • 10 Ways Doctors Can Improve Their Treatment of GLBT Patients Created: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Doctors sometimes have a difficult time knowing how to treat GLBT patients. Here are some simple tips for improving care.
    • Is Chicken Pox Herpes? Created: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Chicken pox is caused by a herpes virus, but it's not generally thought of as a herpes infection. Confusing? Not really. It's all about terminology.
    • Why Do Gay Men Have an Increased Risk of HIV? Created: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Around the world, the incidence of HIV in men who have sex with men is higher than that of otherwise similar heterosexual men. The reason may not be what you think
    • What is Herpes Zoster? Created: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      A lot of people get confused when they learn that chicken pox is caused by a herpes virus, but there are more herpes viruses than just the ones that cause sexually transmitted diseases. In this case, chicken pox is a form of herpes zoster.
    • How does Gardasil work? Can the HPV vaccine give me cancer? Created: Monday, April 30, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Some young women are worried that by getting the cervical cancer vaccine, they are putting themselves at increased risk of cervical cancer.
    • Before You Get the HPV Vaccine: Is Gardasil or Cervarix the HPV Vaccine for Me? Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      Now that there is more than one HPV jab on the market, how do you choose the HPV vaccine that is right for you? Here are some facts to consider when choosing between Gardasil or Cervarix.
    • If my partner and I both have HIV, do we still need to have safe sex? Created: Monday, June 17, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      HIV positive people in relationships with other people with HIV may still want to practice safe sex. Just because you're both positive doesn't mean there aren't risks.
    • Hepatitis C (HCV) Infection Created: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver. Injection drug users often end up with dual infections of HCV and HIV." itemprop="description" Thursday, April 25, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      What does it mean for someone to be virally suppressed? Understanding viral suppression is an important component of understanding whether or not antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection is effecti...
    • Lymphogranuloma venereum - A different type of chlamydia Created: Sunday, March 16, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Lymphogranuloma venereum is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a relatively uncommon variant of chlamydia. Its symptoms include swollen lymph nodes and a systemic infection more similar to sy...
    • PIV Created: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sex educators often talk about
    • Vegan Condoms Created: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Although it would never have occurred to me that a condom wouldn't be vegan, it turns out that many condom companies process their latex condoms using casein - a protein derived from milk. There ar...
    • Is There Any Evidence That Resolve Herpes is a Herpes Cure? Created: Monday, August 10, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Resolve Herpes advertises itself as a surefire cure for genital herpes, but there is no data to support its claim. Resolve Herpes is just another snake oil product looking for your money and preyin...
    • Do I really have to get an HIV test every 6 months? Just going once scared me! Created: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sometimes it can be hard to sort through the advice you get about HIV testing. Although universal HIV testing recommendations suggest that everyone should be regularly tested for HIV that does not ...
    • How Do I Tell My Partner I Have Herpes Created: Sunday, July 12, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      When you have genital herpes, it can be very difficult to bring up your condition with a new romantic partner. Although herpes is just a virus, it's extremely socially stigmatized, and many people ...
    • How Can I Find My Local Free STD Clinic? Created: Friday, March 12, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      How can you find your local free STD clinic? It's not difficult. If you follow a few easy steps, you can usually find a free STD clinic that is convenient to your home or work.
    • Understanding Causality - Necessary and Sufficient Created: Friday, December 19, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Rarely can the cause of a medical event be easily stated. Even if you can say definitively that" itemprop="description"> Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Syphilis is treated with specific types of penicillin, but oral penicillin should not be used in treatment.
    • In vitro Created: Sunday, January 25, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The definition of “in vitro,” a term commonly used in health and biology, which derives from the Latin term “in glass.”
    • Facts About STDs - Created: Monday, July 21, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Have a question about sexually transmitted diseases? All your frequently asked questions about STDs are aggregated right here. Want to know more? Submit a question yourself and maybe it will make i...
    • Finger Cot - Finger Condom Created: Monday, December 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A finger cot is a condom for your finger.
    • Top Things Everyone Should Know About Asymptomatic STDs Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 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...
    • The Role of HPV in Throat and Oral Cancers Created: Saturday, November 03, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      It's starting to look like the transmission of HPV through oral sex may cause more cases of oral cancer and throat cancer than smoking.

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