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Facing Chronic UTIs as a Black Woman Meant Confronting Generations of Bad Sexual Health Education

Urinary tract infections affect many women, but many black women are not given enough information about their bodies to battle them well.

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Talking About Sex and STIs With My Nigerian Parents

A young person confronts shame and silence to reclaim their sexuality, with or without their family's support.

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Not Talking About Sex Between Queer Women Undermines Our Health

Can lesbians and other queer women advocate for their own health if they don't openly talk about their desires? James Factora urges their community to start being more open about their wants and needs.

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Despite How Common It Is, an HPV Diagnosis Still Carries Stigma

Almost everyone has had human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their life, but most of us still know very little about it.

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HIV, Hepatitis C and the Hope for Health Equity

Peter McLoyd doesn't care what you think of him. From addiction to advocacy, his story has been defined by overcoming obstacles.

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I Am

Blogger and singer Sherri Lewis reflects on her past to note how life events have made her the woman she is today.

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My Fight for a Hepatitis C Cure

I thought I had dodged a bullet. I had stopped using heroin intravenously in the early '70s and tested HIV negative. My husband wasn't so lucky -- he died of complications from AIDS in 1987, two years after our son died from SIDS. I started going to ...

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You Live to Learn, You Die to Forget: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"I contracted herpes in college before HIV, but now years later my immune system is so shot to hell, it can't fight off the herpes. I will be on a 2-1/2 hour drip 2 times a day."

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Monday Reflection: Herpes, AIDS and Shame ... A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"Dealing with health issues is one thing; having to deal with them wrapped in shame is an entire other thing," Rae Lewis-Thornton writes. "But at the end of the day, none of this can be undone. Yes, I have these sexually transmitted diseases that hav...

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My HIV Is My Strength; Don't Give Up! A Message of Hope: A Blog Entry by Kevin Maloney

What a roller coaster of a year. First Diagnosed with HIV in March 2010 and with follow up labs in April 2010 told I had also contracted Hepatitis C genotype 1a (non IV drug user). At the same time I was dealing with an on and off again love affair w...