Raising Awareness of HIV/AIDS

February 25, 2015

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, was first recognized in the early 1980’s by medical professionals. The purpose of this discovery was to pinpoint the source behind people whose immune systems suddenly ceased to function. Today we know HIV as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) affecting over 1.2 million people in the United States. Of these individuals, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) has reason to believe 1 out of every 7 of these individuals is unaware that they have been infected with the virus.

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Herpes Simplex: Simple To Get, Impossible To Cure

February 23, 2015

The Herpes Simplex virus is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects 1 in every 6 people in the Unites States between the ages of 14 and 49, according the the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) Though it is more commonly referred to as Genital Herpes, this disease is spread through skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has been infected.

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Syphilis: A Really Sore Topic

February 17, 2015

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that began to surface in the early to mid-1900’s. It became a widespread threat to public health until the development of penicillin in 1941. Since then, the number of cases reported in the U.S. each year began to slowly decline, reaching an all time low in the year 2000. However, there has been a spike in reported cases, doubling from 8,724 in 2005 to 16,663 in 2013. Today will continue the series covering Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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Raising Awareness of Cervical Cancer

January 30, 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) over the last forty years cervical cancer has gone from being the most deadly cancer for women in the Unites States to being highly detectable and treatable. This medical shift has been made possible by early detection medical procedures and analysis such as the Pap Smear (Papanicolaou) test which takes specimen samples of cells from a woman’s cervix and makes them available to view under a microscope.

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Raising Thyroid Awareness: Thyroid Cancer

January 21, 2015

In a recent post in the series Raising Thyroid Awareness, we described the gland known as the Thyroid. Our cells rely on its function of metabolizing food into energy along with it’s many other contributions. We discussed the common thyroid disorders Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. Today we will talk at length about the serious conditions that can cultivate and evolve into thyroid cancer.

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