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April is Sexually Transmitted Awareness Month

This April, in honor of STI Awareness Month, take some time to learn about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI, so why not learn more about them and how to minimize your exposure to STIs and take care of your sexual health.

A urine sample

Will a urine test pick up chlamydia in the anus or rectum?

I am a 23-year old woman, one steady partner now but a couple of other sexual partners in the last year or so. I had a urine test for chlamydia that was negative, but I’ve had anal sex, too. Would the test I had also pick up on chlamydia in the anus or rectum?


Understanding Vaginitis and Vaginal Infections

Vaginitis is a name for swelling, itching, burning or infection in the vagina that can be caused by several different germs. The most common kinds of vaginitis are bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast, a fungus.

A young man with a bandaid on his arm from a recent vaccine

I’m a guy, why do I need the HPV vaccine?

I’m a 15 year old guy and my doctor said she thinks I should get the HPV vaccine. Is the vaccine safe? And why do guys need a vaccine to protect them against a disease that affects females?

A couple kissing

What is foreplay?

What is foreplay? “Foreplay” is generally defined as any sexual or romantic activity that prepares someone for intercourse.