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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

Updated Articles and Resources

By Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

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    • 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.
    • How Do I Get Tested For Chlamydia? Created: Thursday, March 01, 2007 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Testing procedures for chlamydia trachomatis
    • What are the Risks of Vaginal Intercourse? Created: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      When people talk about safe sex, explicit discussions of vaginal sex are often left out. However, vaginal intercourse has its own risks.
    • What Should I Know About The Hymen? Created: Friday, July 27, 2007 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      The hymen is a ring of tissue that fully or partially blocks the entrance to the vagina.
    • What STDs Make it Hurt to Pee? Created: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      A number of different sexually transmitted diseases can make peeing uncomfortable. Here's an overview of common causes of painful urination.
    • PIV Created: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Sex educators often talk about "PIV" when they're discussing heterosexual sex, but what is PIV?
    • Scabies: An Overview Created: Friday, June 01, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Scabies is a contagious skin rash that is not always sexually transmitted." itemprop="description"> Sunday, November 18, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      MSM are men who have sex with men. MSM may or may not identify as gay or bisexual.
    • Confirmatory Test - Double Checking Test Results Created: Friday, February 18, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      When accurate diagnosis is important, a confirmatory test is often used to determine whether or not an initial diagnostic test result is correct.
    • False Negative Test - Incorrectly being told you don't have a disease Created: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      A false negative test occurs when you have an illness but you get a negative result on the diagnostic test.
    • Does Fingering Pose an STD Risk? Created: Monday, February 14, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Fingering is a type of sexual activity that is relatively safe but can still benefit from protection.
    • Reverse Transcriptase and HIV Created: Friday, August 06, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Reverse transcriptase is an enzyme that translates RNA into DNA.It is mos commonly discussed when talking about its role in HIV infection.
    • Understanding Chlamydia Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Created: Monday, February 26, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Worried you might have chlamydia? Learn what to expect before you go to the doctor's office for diagnosis and treatment.
    • False Positive Tests - Sometimes Blood Tests Are Wrong Created: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      A false positive test occurs when a person has a positive test for disease that they do not have. Unfortunately, diagnostic tests aren't perfect.
    • Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens and their Role in Infection Created: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Bloodborne pathogens are infections that spread through contact with blood, and sometimes other bodily fluids. Also known as blood-borne pathogens.
    • The Advantages of Getting a Rapid STD Test Created: Thursday, April 15, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Rapid STD testing can be very useful for people who have trouble finding time to get to the doctor even once, let alone having to return for results.
    • What Is a VDRL test? Created: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      VDRL is a blood test that is used to determine whether or not you have an active syphilis infection.VD
    • How To Give a Safe Blowjob Created: Saturday, January 10, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Oral sex isn't safe sex: blow jobs put both the giver and the receiver at risk of numerous STDs. Fortunately, for everyone who enjoys fellatio, there are ways to make the act safer.
    • Bacterial Vaginosis Created: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Bacterial vaginosis is a sexually associated condition. When a woman has BV her normal vaginal flora is replaced by a hostile mix of bacteria. This leaves her more susceptible to infection and othe...
    • How To Go Down On a Woman Safely Created: Sunday, January 11, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Oral sex isn't safe sex. Cunnilingus puts both the giver and the receiver at risk of numerous STDs. Fortunately, for everyone who enjoys going down on a woman, there are ways to make the act safer.
    • Are Urinary Tract Infections Sexually Transmitted Diseases? Created: Thursday, August 04, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Urinary tract infections are associated with sex, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're sexually transmitted diseases.
    • How to Make Your Own Dental Dam From a Condom Created: Saturday, August 11, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 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!
    • Top Ways to Avoid Contracting an STD Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 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...
    • What Causes Vaginal Discharge? Created: Thursday, December 24, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      It is normal for women to have some amount of vaginal discharge and for the amount and thickness of the vaginal discharge to change throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. However a change in vaginal...

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