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National Drug Abuse and Alcohol Facts Week

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teachers, this week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. This week is a national observance to promote awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. So, what does that have to do with STD prevention? Well, many STDs can be transmitted through the use of intravenous drug equipment such as needles.  HIV can be transmitted through exposure to bodily fluids such as blood, semen or vaginal secretion. While HIV is commonly transmitted through sexual activity, it can also be transmitted by sharing needles or syringes or other equipment used to prepare drugs for...

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Yes, You Can Have More Than One STD

It is not uncommon for someone to have more than one STD at a time. Chlamydia and gonorrhea often go hand-in-hand and some STDs can make you more susceptible to other infections. Having two or more STDs at a time is known as co-infection and can be a risky situation for someone. Since some STDs are bacterial and others are viral,  a person can have a lifelong infection and a short term infection at the same time. There are different types of treatment for each as well. Most bacterial infections can be cured with a simple treatment of antibiotics. Viral...

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CDC report highlights some STDs on the rise | Fox News

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates certain sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in some groups.“STDs continue to threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans,” said Hillard Weinstock, one of the authors of “2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance” report in USA Today.Of particular concern was chlamydia, which rose 8 percent in 2011, compared to the previous year; gonorrhea, which rose 4 percent; and syphilis, which held steady at 13,970 cases, despite a 1.6 percent decrease in 2010.Young people, as well as gay and bi-sexual men are affected by these diseases...

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