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April is STD Awareness Month


#STDMonth20 Each April ASHA recognizes STD Awareness Month. This year’s observation – like most things – is set against a backdrop where COVID-19 dominates our thoughts. Spring has sprung but dating and sex aren’t quite the same when social distancing has us mentally calculating imaginary six foot barriers all around us! Read on for all […]

February is National Condom Month


What are condoms? Condoms are an effective barrier method that protect against STD/STIs. They are available over the counter at drug stores and some grocery stores. Some health departments have free condoms. Top Ten Reasons to Use a Condom (EVERY time) 10. Condoms give you control over your body and can help protect your health. […]

Be an ASHA Ambassador!


JOIN THE MOVEMENT Are you active on Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? In the blogosphere? Then you can be part of the movement to improve sexual health! We hear it all the time – people today want to do something to create positive change in the world, but they’re unsure about how to get started. You have […]

FDA Approves Two Dose Schedule for HPV Vaccine


Kids and young teens can now be protected against HPV with just two doses of vaccine instead of three—incentive to get vaccinated early! On October 12, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a 2-dose schedule for Merck’s Gardasil-9® HPV vaccine for males and females ages 9-14. Gardasil® 9® covers protects against 9 types […]

How Does Herpes Testing Work?


How should someone get tested for herpes? What do test results mean? Get answers to these questions and learn the basics of herpes testing with the infographic below (also available as a PDF download).

Rolling Back Federal Protections for Transgender Students


In late February, the Trump administration revoked federal guidelines that require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice rather than the one corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate. ASHA president and CEO Lynn B. Barclay points out that while laws remain in place that protect transgender students […]

STI Statistics and Young People


Estimating how many sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases occur is not a simple task. First, most STIs can be “silent,” with no noticeable symptoms. These asymptomatic infections can be diagnosed only through testing. Unfortunately, routine screening programs are not widespread, and social stigma and lack of public awareness gets in the way of discussions between […]

Oral Sex and STIs


Can someone be infected with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from oral sex? Yes. Many STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, can be spread through oral sex. However, the chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex can be lowered by using a condom or dental dam. What is oral sex? By definition, oral sex […]

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