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National HIV Testing Day

Jun 22, 2010 | STDs/STIs |Sexual Health | Comments (0)

National HIV Testing Day is June 27th.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are over 1 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS, about a quarter of whom don’t know they’re infected. Think about that: 1 in 4 Americans living with HIV have no clue. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are among those at greatest risk: although MSM represent only approximately 2% of the US population, they have an HIV diagnosis rate more than 44 times that of other men, and more than 40 times that of women! How’s that for a cold, hard fact?

Social factors also cause poor and disadvantaged communities to be hit especially hard by the HIV epidemic. While some groups are impacted more than others (including blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos), HIV affects people from all backgrounds. Anyone who is, or has been, sexually active can be at risk.

It is important that you talk with your health care provider about testing for HIV. Your health care provider can guide you through the testing process and tell you what you need to know. You can find a health care clinic near you by clicking here. To learn more about HIV visit our HIV pages.

Get tested and know your status!

~Connie A.


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Survey Says: Docs Pap Testing Too Much

Jun 17, 2010 | Women's Health |HPV |Cervical cancer | Comments (1)

The L.A. Times recently posted an article about a CDC survey that found most physicians don’t follow guidance about the frequency of cervical cancer screening. I encourage you to read it and provide feedback!

Many women are used to being “screened” for cervical cancer – that is, having a Pap test – every year. Cervical cancer tends to develop slowly, though, and current research shows that for most women, annual Pap tests aren’t needed.


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CDC Data on African-Americans and Herpes

Jun 4, 2010 | STDs/STIs | Comments (0)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics say that approximately 17% of all Americans ages 14-49 have herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2, usually associated with genital herpes), but among African-Americans the rate is more than doubled. Black women are especially hit hard, with nearly half in this study found to have HSV-2.

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