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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are incredibly common. In fact, there are 20 million new STI cases in the United States per year, and nearly half of these occur in young people aged 15 – 24.

What Is Herpes?

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is associated with painful sores and blisters in affected areas. There are two types of HSV: Type 1, which causes oral herpes. Type 2, which causes genital herpes. Signs of Herpes More than …

How Do You Get Crabs?

Crabs are most commonly spread through sexual contact when the tiny parasites pass from one person’s pubic hair to another’s. Also known as pubic lice, crab infestations are extremely contagious. About 3 million cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. How Crabs Spread Most, but not…

What Is the Treatment for Crabs?

Treating crabs involves applying a medicated lotion or shampoo to the affected area and cleaning contaminated materials thoroughly. The infestation and its accompanying signs should disappear within a week or two. Treatment Options If you have crabs, also known as pubic lice because of their tendency to live on pubic…

What Are the Symptoms of Crabs?

The main symptoms of crabs are red, micro bite marks and itching around the genitals. Also known as pubic lice, these tiny parasites attach themselves to pubic hair and feed off human blood. You can get them if you’ve had sexual contact with someone who’s infested or through sharing clothing,…

What Are Crabs?

Crabs, also known as pubic lice (Pthirus pubis), are tiny crab-like parasites that can infest your pubic hair. They attach themselves to these coarse hairs so they can feed on your blood. You might also find them in your armpit or facial hair but, unlike head lice, they typically don’t…

What Is the Difference Between Hepatitis B & C?

Hepatitis B is caused by coming into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, where Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood-to-blood contact. Both are viral infections that affect the liver, and it is possible to have both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C at the same time. Many people with…

How Do You Prevent Hepatitis C?

You can prevent contracting Hepatitis C by avoiding blood-to-blood contact with someone with infected blood. Today, the most common way people are infected with Hepatitis C is by sharing needles used for narcotics. Here are some steps to take prevent a Hepatitis C infection: Use new clean needles. If you…

What Is the Treatment for Hepatitis C?

What Is the Treatment for Hepatitis C? Treatment for Hepatitis C will typically require antiviral medication. In cases of long term, chronic Hepatitis C, however, a liver transplant may be recommended. The exact treatment will largely depend on the stage of the virus. Treatment for Acute Hepatitis C Acute Hepatitis…

How Do You Get Hepatitis C?

You can get hepatitis C if blood containing the hepatitis C virus enters your bloodstream. There are several ways this can occur. Contact With Dirty Needles Needles contaminated with the hepatitis C virus can spread hepatitis C. You could get hepatitis C from a contaminated needle in the following ways:…

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. It impacts the liver by triggering the body’s immune response, causing inflammation and, if left untreated, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Types of Hepatitis C There are two types of hepatitis C: acute hepatitis C and chronic…

What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C has the same symptoms of liver disease, including aches and pains, fatigue, and toileting irregularities. People with hepatitis C may not have symptoms straight away. Symptoms typically get worse over time as the liver deteriorates. Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C Most people with acute hepatitis C, the disease’s…

How Frequently Do People With Herpes Have Outbreaks?

On average, people with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) have less than one outbreak each year. Outbreaks of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) are much more common, with most people with this strain having four or five outbreaks each year. Why Does Outbreak Frequency Vary? It’s unclear exactly…

Why Do Cold Sores Keep Coming Back?

Cold sores recur because the herpes simplex virus which causes them doesn’t leave the body. While cold sores, a common symptom of the virus, disappear, the virus stays dormant until something triggers another outbreak. Cold Sores and the Herpes Simplex Virus Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) usually causes cold…

What Does a Positive Herpes Test Mean?

A positive herpes test means you have the herpes simplex virus. The test has detected IgG and/or IgM antibodies in your system, which the body makes to fight the herpes simplex virus. Thanks to new technology, your positive test will also indicate whether you have herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1),…

How Do I Tell the Difference Between a Pimple and a Cold Sore?

A pimple is a symptom of acne and is a pus-filled sore caused by a clogged hair follicle. A cold sore is a symptom of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and is a group of fluid-filled blisters caused by an HSV outbreak. Pimples and cold sores are similar but have apparent…

How Do I Prevent Mycoplasma Genitalium?

Mycoplasma genitalium, also known as MG or M. genitalium, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) causing inflammation of the urethra or urethritis and can lead to pain and discharge when urinating. MG affects both men and women and can be treated with antibiotics. Prevention Being regularly tested for STIs is…

What Is the Treatment for Mycoplasma Genitalium?

The treatment of mycoplasma genitalium is a course of antibiotics prescribed by your primary care physician. Along with antibiotics, recommendations concerning sexual activity will enable you to manage your infection and reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting MG. Medication Antibiotics are used to treat MG. The dosage and duration…

What Is Mycoplasma Genitalium?

Mycoplasma genitalium, also known as MG or M. genitalium, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) causing inflammation of the urethra or urethritis and can lead to pain and discharge when urinating. Though MG predominately affects men, women are also susceptible to this bacterial infection. MG is hard to diagnose and…

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