Will Black People Ever Trust Clinical Trials?

Writer Evette Dionne recently penned a very personal yet important article about her own HPV diagnosis for Bustle. Dionne calls attention to a reality in health science research – the lack of adequate research on health issues specific to minority populations. As interest in population-based medicine delivery grows, funding to study effectiveness of vaccines and


[DOCTOR’S ORDERS] The Truth About Oral Sex and Cancer

Many of us, especially teens, still believe that oral sex is less risky than ‘real sex,’ which is not real nor true. Those of us who work with young people often hear them proclaim that having oral sex prevents them from getting pregnant and from getting HIV. Also not true. Thanks to the "Michael Douglas:

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Yes, Oral Sex Can Actually Cause Cancer

Actor Michael Douglas has received praise in recent weeks for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra, in part due to his somewhat graphic performances of gay sex with co-star Matt Damon. But an extremely candid interview with the Guardian over the weekend is drawing attention to Douglas’ real, heterosexual bedroom practices. Candelabra is the first film the actor

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20 Million New STD Infections

A new report says that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur each year. This includes syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes simplex virus type 2 and — the most common — HPV. These infections cost the United States $16 billion in medical costs annually, the report continues, and 110 million

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Should You Get the HPV Vaccine?

The human papillomavirus has the dubious distinction of being the sexually transmitted disease you are most likely to get. It’s also the leading cause of cervical cancer. January has, somewhat arbitrarily, been dubbed Cervical Health Awareness Month (also National Hobby Month and Hot Tea Month, the last at least for good reason). While cervical cancer is the disease

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A BIG WIN:Understanding the Obamacare Women’s Healthcare Provisions

August 1st was a big day in the history of women’s healthcare.  That’s the day that the women’s preventative healthcare provisions included in Obamacare officially went into effect. Many women and families can rest a little easier, as the new federal regulations finally give women greater access to affordable care. The specific regulation mandates that

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New Study Shows HPV Killing Men

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports there's been a 225 percent uptick in the HPV-positive oropharynx cancers since 1998, according to data from three U.S. cancer centers. By 2020, oropharynx cancer will be the most common HPV-associated cancer in the U.S. surpassing cervical cancer. Human papillomavirus, once believed to have no effect


Recent Study Shows Cervical Cancer Is Harder to Clear in Black Women

We’re no more than two days into National Minority Health Month and already a grim report has surfaced. New research presented Sunday shows that black women are at a higher risk of contracting and dying from cervical cancer than white women. In addition, the study revealed black women have a much harder time getting rid

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