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.
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.
When it comes to young people and sexual health, Philadelphia has much to brag about, but also has an uphill struggle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the family planning infrastructure of our nation is obliterated by the current strains of extremism, we’ll see not only more unintended pregnancies and abortions, but also a big rise in STDs.