Topic: STIs

Dutch Researchers Recommend HPV Test For All Women Over 30; So Should OB/GYNs

Dutch Researchers Recommend HPV Test For All Women Over 30; So Should OB/GYNs

Dutch researchers are recommending that HPV tests for all women over 30, after finding that they’re more effective in detecting HPV and preventing cervical cancer than a Pap smear on its own. Overall, that’s great news for us ladies: Improved detection = improved health. But it also makes me wonder: If Dutch researchers have been studying this for five years, on 45,000 women, why aren’t our OB/GYNs telling us this stuff, too? More »

Sex (Re)Ed: A Brief Refresher On STIs

Sex (Re)Ed: A Brief Refresher On STIs

Earlier today, Elizabeth wrote about a few non-normal ‘nether region symptoms that could be caused by something other than an STI, which was a good reminder that just because it itches, it doesn’t mean it’s automatically an infection of the intimate variety. But that doesn’t mean that when something fishy is going on downstairs, you should ignore it–because it could be something serious. More »