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Lessons Learned: STD Awareness Month 2011

STD Awareness Month (SAM) is important because of the potential harm of untreated STDs, including adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, cancers of the reproductive tract, and increased likelihood of HIV transmission.

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MSM, STDs and HIV: What Are We Missing?

Across the United States and worldwide, MSM continue to be a group disproportionately affected by STDs and HIV, but we still need better data and better tools to guide prevention efforts.

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Philly Launches Youth Campaign to Reduce STDs

When it comes to young people and sexual health, Philadelphia has much to brag about, but also has an uphill struggle.

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For LGBT Health, What Happens in Wisconsin Shouldn’t Stay in Wisconsin

A recent study on LGBT healthcare in Wisconsin underscores the importance of passing a proposed law in California to improve the health of its LGBT residents. In doing so, California can teach Wisconsin a thing or two.

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The Persistence of Syphilis and Issues of Health Equity in America

On the horizon is a greater integration of services and population level outcomes with health rather than individual disease case numbers as the sole measure of success or failure.  And syphilis reminds us of why this is so utterly necessary. 

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Health Equity? Still Waiting But On the Right Track

As an African-American female who has worked in public health for 20 years I am a little exhausted of the slow progress that the United States has made concerning health equity for minority populations.

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What Does a Sexually Healthy Nation Look or Sound Like?

We have a problem recognizing sex as a natural aspect of human nature, and with talking about safe, healthy sexual choices.  We need to fix it.

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Preventing STDs in the Virtual World

The Internet has truly changed the way we communicate, socialize and yes, find love and sex.  Actually, there are few areas of our lives that have not been dramatically changed by the Internet.

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“Got STD Testing?:” Meeting the STD and HIV Testing Needs of Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)

It’s rare that my MSM patients know which STDs they ought to be screened for, and how often. Men who have sex with men don’t get screened often enough for diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.

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Sex Education and STDs: Why the Message Matters

A society that is willing to move beyond scary pictures is one that is willing to address stigma and health inequities and promote sexual health.

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