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The Five Most Important Things You Should Know About: Chlamydia

1. Chlamydia is really common, but I don’t think anyone I know has told me they’ve had it. But they must have told someone, because Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STD in the US. In 2006, there were over a million reported cases. Eww. Teenagers and young women are more susceptible to infection because the cervix has not fully matured and gets infections more easily. Careful out there, Hannah Montana! Keep reading »

Poll: Have You Had An STD?

STD Awareness MonthI’ve already told you I’ve had HPV. I’ve managed to steer clear of any other STIs, but I know many people who have had herpes, crabs, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. What about you? Take our poll — don’t worry, all results are of course anonymous.

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The Five Most Important Things You Should Know About: HPV

1) That’s the Human papillomavirus. No, virus isn’t a separate word. It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection, but most people who have HPV don’t even know they have it. There are over 40 strains of HPV which affect everything from the nose, to the mouth, to the genitals, sometimes in the form of oh-so-sexy warts. A few specific strains of the virus are the ones that can lead to cervical cancer. The strains of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types that can cause cancer.
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The Five Most Important Things You Should Know About: Crabs

Oh my god, CRABS. Aren’t they beautiful?
1. Pubic lice aka crabs, do not have feet. They have CLAWS, hence the whole crab thing. Without feet they can’t actually walk across any surface, but they do sort of swing from hair to hair. Like a tiny, tiny Tarzan, if you will.

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VD Is For Everybody

Happy STD Awareness Month! “VD is for Everybody” is a public service announcement from way back in the day. In case you’re not aware, VD is short for venereal diseases, which is what they called STDs before the 1990s. In the video, you learn that ballet dancers, equestrians, violinists, pregnant women who knit, and men who jog in gray sweat suits are all capable of getting VD, because “VD is for everybody, not just boys or girls.” Watch and learn. Keep reading »

Hilary Duff’s Got A Scorpion In Her Pants!

There is a long list of things we would do to get John Cusack to want us, but dropping a scorpion down our pants seems a little extreme — even for a guy who is willing to hold a heavy old school boom box over his head. But a brunette Hilary Duff, who is trying to go as dark as her hair, put a reptile under where? Down her hoo-ha in this clip from their new movie War, Inc. While we thought having a creature pinchin’ and itchin’ down there, was an STD or at least a turn off, Hilary is using it as a turn-on. Guess she’s had grosser things down there anyway, like Joel Madden. [Egotastic]
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Twenty-Five Percent Of Teen Girls Have A Zac Efron Poster & An STD

Some good news before we sit down with a bowl of popcorn, a bottle of wine, and that Tivo’d episode of High School Confidential — one in four teens girls have an STD! The data, from 2003-04, probably reflects current rates of infection, which would coincide with recent government funding for sex education being funneled into abstinence-only education. Sounds like “Operation: Stop Our Daughters From Having Sex” is totally failing, with scabby results to show for it! [CNN] Keep reading »

Online Dating: Top 5 Niche Meat Markets

Online dating is more popular than ever! Just like the movie and music industry, it’s getting into the wallets (and pants) of niche markets, as dating sites are getting as particular as their clients. Are our top five picks for going indie online, after the jump…

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The Daily Squeeze: Gene Simmons Caught On Tape, Throat Cancer, And Athletic Performance

  • Clips of what appears to be Gene Simmons getting it on with Elsa, an Austrian model, are making the rounds online. We started to wonder if it shows him making use of that famous tongue, but then we realized we’d rather not know. He’s kind of old. And gross. [The Sun (U.K.)]
  • In case you don’t already know this, you can get STDs from oral sex. Not only that, but HPV can incubate in the back of your throat and it has been linked to a form of throat cancer. Gag! [U.S. News]
  • Some athletes and coaches claim that having sex can lead to poor performance on the field the next day, but they’re probably wrong. Muhammad Ali reportedly abstained from sex for weeks before a big fight to make himself meaner, however, sexuality activity actually increases testosterone and doesn’t affect aerobic power. Plus, if you’re a professional athlete you should be able to handle a little extra exercise. [Canada.com]
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    Hey, What’s It Like Being A Gynecologist?

    After nine years at Brooklyn’s New York Methodist Hospital, OBGYN Josine Veca has seen it all. Here she gives The Frisky her diagnosis of what women want when they stop by.

    What are common concerns for women when they come to see you?
    It varies by age group. Younger patients, 30 and below, are usually concerned with STDs, birth control, or, if not, trying to prevent pregnancy. As the women get older and are approaching menopause, they’re worried about hot flashes, irregular periods, and symptoms that may be unusual. I’d estimate that 30 to 40 percent are concerned with a mixture of those issues.

    How much prying do you have to do or do most women come in with their own specific questions?
    A lot of women who come in with their own questions are very comfortable talking about sex. But if they don’t, the subject usually comes up when I’m interviewing them. At first they may be tentative, but the idea is to open communication
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