I went to the health center and got my regular 6 month check up and I came up positive for…something.
The best kind of a vagina is a happy vagina. That said, vaginas are very sensitive. And when something goes wrong, it's hard to not feel self-conscious, or dirty, or just really unnerved. More than likely, if your vagina is a bit off, it's due to an infection of some sort.
Q: I recently started hooking up with a boy who has, well, gotten around. I asked him if he’d been tested recently and he said he did (and he was “all good!”), but I don’t know if I trust him. Maybe he’s just saying that to get in my pants?
We took the embarrassment (and speculum!) factor out of the equation and asked you, the CollegeCandy readers, to submit the questions you had regarding STDs and sexual health to our new pal, OB/GYN Dr. Lissa Rankin.
[The following post is courtesy of Vanessa Cullins, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Planned Parenthood. If anyone knows...
While all STDs are serious, HPV might be the most important for young college women to know about. HPV is the most common STD in the U.S. today and a reported 5.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year.
Talking sex with your doctor isn't always easy. Whether you are afraid she or he will judge you, you just don't feel comfortable sharing the intimate details of your life between the sheets, or you can't think straight with a speculum between your legs, many people get tight lipped in the doctor's office.
About a month and a half ago, I wrote about testing positive for Chlamydia. It's been hard on me ever since then to really come to terms with it. Sure, it was easy to get rid of (just a few pills) and I don't have to relive it by telling every past or future partner that I have an STD, but the worst part for me is the stigma.
Did you know that cases of Chlamydia in the U.S. have increased by 41% in the past 10 years? And that is only reported cases. Experts estimate that the true number of men and women with Chlamydia is actually double the amount reported each year.
Okay, ladies, it’s time for a sneak peak behind closed exam-room doors. Outside, we are bombarded with the constant message that sex is all about fun, excitement, and personal empowerment - our bodies, our choice. Inside, however, we see a disconnect between these choices and unexpected consequences.
When I found out that 25% of college students have a Sexually Transmitted Disease, I laughed. Surely that statistic referred to the more promiscuous students, or those who were dumb enough not to use a condom during sex.
After reading about one CollegeCandy writer’s scary STD experience, I realized that I had not been tested in over 4...