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Sexual Health Center

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  1. Surgical Removal of Genital Warts by Excision

    Visible genital warts on the penis or vagina or around the anus are removed by cutting them off with a surgical knife (scalpel). Warts on the cervix may be removed by laser or loop electrosurgical excision (LEEP).

  2. HIV: Giving Support - Topic Overview

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force,United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,American Academy of Pediatrics,and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women be screened for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This is because early detection and treatment are the key to preventing newborn HIV infection. 1 ...

  3. Gonorrhea - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests for syphilis.

  4. Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) - Topic Overview

    If you have preeclampsia or chronic kidney disease,your health professional may instruct you to check the protein content in your urine at home. Increased protein is a sign that your kidneys are being damaged. To test your urine on a daily basis,use a simple test kit containing a urine testing strip that you dip into a fresh sample of your urine. Follow the instructions on the kit and find ...

  5. Gonorrhea - Surgery

    One type of sexual problem in women is pain during intercourse. Pain often is caused by a physical reason, such as injury or anatomical problems. If examinations and tests confirm that a physical condition is causing pain during intercourse, treatment of

  6. Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control - Topic Overview

    The intrauterine device (IUD) is a method of birth control that is placed in your uterus. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. You can depend on an IUD to prevent pregnancy for 3 to 10 years, depending on the type. Your doctor will remove your IUD when it has reached its expiration date or if you have a medical problem. It's always your choice to have it removed sooner if you want to change birth control methods or plan to become pregnant. How is an IUD removed? An IUD removal normally takes just a few minutes. Most women find it is less painful or uncomfortable than having an IUD inserted. But ask your doctor if it's a good idea to take ibuprofen ahead of time in case of cramping. You will lie on the exam table on your back. Your feet will be in stirrups as they would be for a pelvic exam. Your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and look for the IUD strings. The strings usually come through the opening of your cervix. If they aren't

  7. Gonorrhea - Cause

    A woman's sexuality is a complex mix of mental, emotional, and physical signals. A problem in one area can grow to involve others. For example, a physical problem can lead to fear of pain, and the fear can lead to guilt about its effect on your partner. S

  8. Gonorrhea - Topic Overview

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI) that, when left untreated, can progress to a late stage that causes serious health problems.

  9. Gonorrhea - Topic Overview

    A rash in your vaginal area (vulva) may be caused by irritation of the skin from many sources, such as clothes rubbing against the skin. Rashes that occur without other symptoms are usually minor and often go away with home treatment.Contact dermatitisA common cause of a rash is contact with a substance that causes irritation or an allergic reaction (contact dermatitis). Soaps, detergents, shampoos, perfumes, or lotions can cause contact dermatitis. Often the rash from contact dermatitis is very itchy, but it is rarely serious. Changing your soap or detergent may be all you need to do to prevent this type of rash.Other rashes in the vaginal areaOther conditions that may cause a rash in the vaginal area include:Scabies, which is an itchy skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the outer layers of the skin.Pubic lice, which are small insects that live on humans and survive by feeding on blood.Yeast infection (cutaneous candidiasis), which may cause a rash in the moist skin

  10. HIV: Giving Support - Topic Overview

    People who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have an increased risk for developing a tuberculosis (TB) infection. Their risk for a TB infection doubles in the first year they developed the HIV infection. 1 If they have latent TB,which cannot be spread to others,they are at risk for the infection becoming an active disease,which can be spread to others. Active TB in ...

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