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Dear Dr. Vanessa: Should I Ask About Herpes Before a Kiss

photo by peasap Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/ gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, will be answering your questions here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, Considering the pervasiveness of oral herpes, how come you never hear about asking […]

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Dear Dr. Kate: I’m SO Confused About HPV!

photo by db*photography An anonymous poster on our site — calling themselves “medical knowledge” — recently wrote the following in response to an edition of our advice column about HPV. So we asked our own Dr. Kate — of — to clear things up, as it were. First, the anonymous comment: 80% of sexually […]

It’s Sexual Health Week in Australia

Australia kicked off its first ever Sexual Health Week yesterday (running through the 15th) to promote condoms, STI tests, birth control, etc . (To paraphrase Paul Hogan, now that’s a fight!) As part of the project, a survey was conducted showing that nearly all adult Australians taking part in the study have had unprotected sex, but […]

Comment of the Week: There’s No Such Thing As TMI with STDs

photo by altemark It’s quite arrogant to think you have the right to minimize any STD. It is true that millions of Americans have HPV, it is true that some people’s immune systems are able to kick it… BUT what about all the rest of the people who have to suffer with it for the […]

Poll: When Do You Ask About STDs?

Hooking up with someone the first time, do you ask about their sexual health history (e.g. if they’ve ever had an STD, when they last got tested and for what)?(answers) Can’t see the poll? Click here to take it.

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: Do I Have to Tell My Partner I Have HPV?

photo by demi-brooke Last week, Dr. Kate kindly answered a woman’s question about whether or not she had to tell her partner she had HPV. This week, we’re taking it upon ourselves to answer the same question — and we’re taking no prisoners: In a word, YES! Everyone has the right to know what they’re […]

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Dear Dr. Kate: Do I Have to Tell My Partner I Have HPV?

photo by Edgar Zessinthal Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions here once a week. To ask her your own question, click here. Hi Dr. Kate, Sadly, I went to my annual OB-GYN appointment 2 weeks ago and was told […]

Pop Culture
Safer Sex Haiku Contest

You could win this Tantalising [sic] Lip Butter that can help save the world! The Body Shop and MTV’s awesomely named Staying Alive Foundation have recently launched an STD awareness campaign called “Yes to Safe Sex” (we would have called it “Yes to Safer Sex,” but we’re sticklers like that). During the campaign the Body […]

Sexual Health
Will the HPV Vaccine for Boys Make Them Sluts? Ha!

photo by When the relatively new HPV vaccine Gardasil came on the market for girls a few years ago, conservatives got their panties all in a bind over the possibility that it would give sweet, innocent P.Y.T.s permission to do it. Now that the vaccine is being considered for boys, no one seems too […]

Personal Essays
Confession: My New Crush Is HIV+

photo by ChrisLee0407 Our contributor Anonymous Bosch is a college student on the west coast. And that’s all he’s prepared to say right now. Except this… All my life, I have been schooled in the ways of safer sex by everyone from school to PSAs to my mother: If you don’t want to contract a […]

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Dr. Kate: Why Higher STD Rates May Be a Good Thing

photo by ecastro The CDC just released its annual report discussing trends in sexually transmitted diseases in the US (summary here). The upshot: chlamydia and syphilis are on the rise. And gonorrhea is stable (yay?) but at still-high rates. The CDC doesn’t track HPV or herpes in the same way, so we don’t know if […]