Why This Woman Celebrates The Day She Was Diagnosed With Herpes

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Friday, writer Ella Dawson opened up about the “tidal wave of shame” she felt when she first found out she had genital herpes. But through the support of her family and friends, she’s gained the strength to speak out and combat the stigma of the sexually transmitted infections. Dawson, who recently wrote about breaking the stigma of herpes for Women’s Health, told host Nancy Redd that when she was diagnosed two years ago, her “first instinct was panic and shame” and certainty that it was going to ruin her life. But she immediately did her research, and when she found out how common genital herpes actually is — one in six people have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — her fear started to dissipate. “As I met more p…

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Condom use higher in young HIV-positive women with gender-equal views, study finds

A study of more than 500 HIV-positive adults from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa finds women with greater perceptions of gender equality are more likely to use condoms.
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5 Things Your Gynecologist Wishes You Knew

Your gynecologist has heard it all — so why do women so often shy away from talking about their sexual health? From yeast infections to HPV, three female gynecologists share in the above #OWNSHOW video the things they want all women to know about their bodies. Beware Yeast Infection Risks Dr. Michele Curtis says all women should be aware of the things that increase their chances of getting a yeast infection: 1. Antibiotics “If you take antibiotics, that’s going to change the normal bacterial balance, and that will increase the risk for a yeast infection,” Curtis says. 2. Hormonal Changes “If you are in a state of hormonal changes, like pregnancy, or sometimes right before your period, that will increase your risk for yeast infection,” she says. 3...

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Improved sanitation may reduce sexual violence in South African townships

Improving access to public toilets in South African urban settlements may reduce both the incidence of sexual assaults by nearly 30% and the overall cost to society, a study by researchers at the…
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High-dose sodium nitrite with citric acid creams better than placebo for anogenital warts

A high-dose treatment of sodium nitrite, 6 percent, with citric acid, 9 percent, creams applied twice daily was more effective than placebo for treating the common sexually transmitted disease of…
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Antiherpes Drug May Suppress HIV Levels

While valacyclovir, a prodrug of acyclovir, is used to control the virus that causes genital herpes, a small study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers and their colleagues reveals that the drug also directly affects HIV replication (Vanpouille C et al. Clin Infect Dis. 2015;pii:civ172). (Source: JAMA)

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Text messaging useful for reaching ‘at-risk’ teens about sex

Text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators may be effective for delivering sexual health information, according to a recent study by a researcher in The Edward R.
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Posttraumatic stress can have profound effects on sexual health

Although sexual dysfunction is not a specific symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is a frequent complaint among trauma survivors.
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Study finds testicular cancer link for muscle-building supplements

Men who reported taking muscle-building supplements, such as pills and powders with creatine or androstenedione, reported a significantly higher likelihood of having developed testicular cancer than…
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Neurovirulence and latency of drug-resistant clinical herpes simplex viruses in animal models

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) resistance to acyclovir or foscarnet results from mutations in viral thymidine kinase (TK) and/or DNA polymerase (pol) genes. Replication kinetics and virulence of TK and/or DNA pol clinical mutants were assessed using models of mouse encephalitis and cotton rat genital infection. Replication capacities in Vero cells of a DNA pol altered strain (L850I) and a TK/DNA pol mutant (C467deletion/A912V) were significantly lower than those of unrelated wild-type (WT) strains, while a double DNA pol mutant (S724N/P920S) demonstrated replication kinetics similar to the WT. The replication of a TK-deficient mutant (G439.5addition) was impaired (low m.o.i.) or unaltered (high m.o.i.) compared to that of a WT virus depending on the viral inoculum...

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