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4 Important Things Everyone Should Know About HPV

The human papillomavirus is the most common STI, but people are still confused about how it works.

By Gigi Engle
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I Got a Colonoscopy; If You're Over 50 and Living With HIV, Please Do It Too

A colonoscopy is gross, uncomfortable, and utterly uncool. But it could save your life.

By Charles Sanchez
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How to Shift Our Understanding of STIs Away from Shame and Toward Education

Language is a powerful tool in encouraging—or discouraging, if we’re not careful—young people to learn about sexually transmitted infections and protect themselves.

By Gigi Engle
shame

Two Years After My HPV Diagnosis, I’m Still Dealing With Anxiety

Sex educator and writer Gigi Engle purges her shame and guilt around her own HPV diagnosis.

By Gigi Engle
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Having Sex During COVID? Here Are Some Sexual Health Resources to Consider

Even with a pandemic going on, it’s crucial to protect and care for your sexual and reproductive health. Here’s how.

By Anni Irish
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Community Outrage Leads LA to Restore Funding for HIV/STD Testing

After hearing that the Los Angeles LGBT Center wouldn't offer HIV and STI testing services for free, the community pushed back. Here's the story of what happened.

By Larry Buhl
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Yes, Monogamous Couples Still Need STI Testing

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may not show up on tests immediately; for this and other reasons, routine testing is also important for people in exclusive relationships.

By Tiffany Onyejiaka
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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.

By Konstantina Buhalis
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How Queer Women Can Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

At the core of the problem when it comes to queer women and sexually transmitted infections is that too many don't know they're at risk -- and too few providers are unaware of their prevention and screening needs.

By Hannah Harris Green
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Why Aren't More Queer Men Getting Anal Pap Smears?

Very few people access -- or even know about -- the test that can help detect whether you have HPV in your anus. But it should be a staple of gay and bisexual men's health care.

By Ryan Killian Krause