And how to make it a little less awkward.
Most of the misconceptions surrounding STIs could be solved if people talked about them more openly and frequently. But according to a recent Cosmopolitan.com survey of 1,454 Millennials, that's not something most people are doing. Nearly half of all
No need to fret. A counselor will be with you every step of the way.
With the rise of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines, now more than ever, you have to be more proactive about having safe sex. Unless you're trying to build a family with someone you trust and are committed to, always insist
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TL;DR: This is a long article, but HIV prevention is important, so we've highlighted the important bits for you to look at during your coffee break.The internet went into a conniption a few days ago when a photo of
What's worse than a regular UTI? A UTI that can't be treated!
If you've ever had a UTI, you recognize the symptoms immediately: Going to pee feels like pushing razor blades out of your urethra, and you have to go pee essentially every 30 seconds. It's a particular hell so bad that
Shaving down there could lead to more than just razor burn.
For many women, pubic hair removal, whether through trimming, waxing, or shaving, is a regular part of life: One study found that some 62 percent of U.S. women remove all their pubic hair, while 84 percent do "some" grooming, and that
It's more common than you think.
You know senior superlatives in the yearbook? Most Popular, Best Dressed, Class Clown, etc.? OK, imagine if every sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD/STI) was given a superlative, too. Herpes would be named Most Mysterious-as in, there's a ton
Women are mostly infected by HIV because their partners engage in unsafe behavior.
Tin-Tin* was 26 and working in Hong Kong when she met her boyfriend, Andrew*. They had been dating exclusively for more than 4 years when a family problem brought her back home to the Philippines. Here, she found out that not
And that good boy you're dating? He can give it to you as well. HIV doesn't discriminate. Know your facts.
It's been more than four years but Cassandra* still remembers how her hands were shaking when she got the sealed envelope that contained her HIV results. "My Facebook org had organized an HIV testing activity and a bunch of us were
Some strains of gonorrhea are becoming resistant to antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is a common STD that can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it spreads through unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex, and anyone who's sexually active is at risk
And its symptoms can go undetected!
There's a "new" STD that's been infecting hundreds of people already. It's called Mycoplasma genitalium (MG, for short), a bacterium found in the urinary and genital tracts of humans. It's not exactly new since it was discovered in
Good news, ladies!
A new study published in mBio found that some women's vaginas are ALREADY protected from sexually transmitted diseases like HIV! And it's all thanks to the cervicovaginal mucus (CVM) which acts as a barrier that prevents a virus from getting
No, it doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer.
There's a lot of info out there about human papillomavirus​-better known as HPV-and a lot of it is garbage, so Cosmopolitan.com spoke with Alyssa Dweck, MD, the assistant clinical professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and co-
FYI, it is way too easy to get herpes.
You might think you know everything about protecting yourself from herpes, but with 2 out of every 3 people carrying the virus, clearly most people don't really know everything after all. Cosmopolitan.com spoke with Raquel B. Dardik, MD, a professor
So chances are you have it too, according to a new World Health Organization report.
A new World Health Organization report suggests that in all likelihood, you, your last partner, and your next one probably have some sort of herpes virus.In its first estimate of the STD's worldwide prevalence, the WHO found that 2 out
The school is dealing with a chlamydia outbreak.
Schools in Crane, Texas, focus on abstinence when teaching their students about sex. But that approach has come under fire after an alleged outbreak of chlamydia spread among students.According to CBS 7 News, the school district sent a letter to parents
Dr. Rachael Ross, family doctor, sexologist, and host of <i>The Doctors</i>, tells Cosmo that you can't get an STD from a toilet seat. But from a hot tub? Yep.
1. The myth: You can only get an STD from semen or bodily fluids. The truth: There are a lot of ways to contract STDs, and there are STDs that don't require intercourse or the exchange of fluids. "You can
Sex should be exciting, but it should also be <i>safe</i>. Here are a few things to keep in mind every sack session.
1. Oral sex can transmit STDs. If you go down on a guy who has gonorrhea or chlamydia, you'll likely contract it in your throat. And, receiving oral from a man with oral herpes can result in genital herpes. To be
If you're in a new relationship, find out how to answer one of the trickiest couple questions.
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