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Choose the Right Birth Control

Find out which birth control methods may be right for you.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be easily treated with antibiotics, but it’s important that you get treated right away. The sooner these sexually transmitted diseases are found, the easier they are to treat.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Tested for HIV

It’s important to get tested for HIV if you are at high risk of infection. Many doctors recommend that all teens and adults get tested.

Review Date: March 04, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV Testing: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about getting tested for HIV.

Review Date: March 27, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

STD Testing: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with your partner about getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk to Your Kids about Sex

Teach your children the facts about their bodies, sex, and relationships. This will help them stay healthy and make good choices as they grow up.

Review Date: June 08, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find a HIV Testing Site Near You

Find answers to many questions about HIV and STD testing. Locate a testing site near you.

Review Date: November 02, 2012

CDC National Prevention Information Network

Chlamydia FAQs

Learn how to lower your risk of chlamydia, a common and curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) passed from an infected person to a partner through certain sexual activities.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

American Social Health Association

Find a STD Testing Site Near You

Search for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing resources by zip code.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV and STD Testing

If you think you may have been infected with HIV and are unsure about getting a test to find out, the following information about HIV testing and counseling may help you decide. If you decide that an HIV test is the right decision, you can locate a testing site near you.

Review Date: February 25, 2011

CDC National Prevention Information Network

All About Condoms

Currently, condoms are the only widely available, proven method for reducing transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during intercourse. Find out how to use condoms correctly and consistently.

Review Date: January 23, 2012

American Social Health Association

Bacterial Vaginosis Fact Sheet

Learn how to prevent bacterial vaginosis (BV) which can lead to other health problems.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC Vitalsigns: HIV Testing in the US

An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the US and as many as 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected. Ask your doctor for an HIV test and find out your status.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC: Chlamydia

Learn about chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that may not have symptoms but can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Find out if you need to be tested.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC: Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium. Read more to learn about treatment and prevention of this common disease.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC: Syphilis

Learn about the signs and symptoms, stages, diagnosis and treatment of syphilis.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Chlamydia - The Facts

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that often has no symptoms, but is easy to treat and cure. However, if it is not treated, chlamydia can lead to serious health problems.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chlamydia Fact Sheet

Learn about chlamydia symptoms, diagnosis, testing, treatment and prevention.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Circumcision Decision

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis. Circumcision is a religious or cultural ritual for many Jewish and Islamic families. Circumcision can also be a matter of family tradition, personal hygiene and preventive health care.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Facts About Trichomoniasis

This document provides information about the prevention, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of trichomonas.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Find a Health Center - Planned Parenthood

Search from more than 820 health centers nationwide for a nearby health center that provides high-quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care for women, men, and teens.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Helping a Girl with Reproductive Health

Helping your daughter understand her reproductive system can help her feel confident and learn healthy habits. This article gives parents an understanding of sexual and reproductive health for teen girls.

Review Date: August 15, 2014

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hepatitis: Vaccination and Other Protection

Hepatitis A and B are the only STDs which are vaccine-preventable. The vaccine is safe and effective, and often covered by insurance.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

Herpes Resources

Speak to a specialist who can answer your questions and provide information on herpes and other sexually transmitted infections (STI). Call 1-888-411-4377, Monday through Friday.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

American Social Health Association

HPV Vaccines

HPV vaccines are given as three shots to protect against HPV infection and HPV-related diseases. HPV vaccines offer the greatest health benefits to individuals who receive all three doses before having any type of sexual activity. That’s why HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Human Papillomaviruses and Cancer

This fact sheet describes the link between human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cancer.

Review Date: June 08, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

I Wanna Know - For Teens

This Web site offers answers to questions about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

American Social Health Association

Mayo Clinic: Genital Warts

Learn the causes, risk factors, prevention, treatments, and health complications of genital warts. If you need to see a doctor about them, read the information to help you get ready for your appointment.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU): Questions and Answers

Learn how to reduce your risk of getting or passing on NGU (NonGonococcal Urethritis), an infection of the urethra often caused by chlamydia, a common infection in men and women.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

American Social Health Association

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

PID is the most common preventable cause of infertility in the United States. The scarring that results from inflammation and infection of the female reproductive organs can lead to infertility, tubal (ectopic) pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, and more. Find out what you can do to prevent PID.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID

Reduce Your Risk of STDs/STIs

Find information about specific sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs/STIs), tips for reducing risk, and ways to talk with health care providers and partners.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

American Social Health Association

STDs

Teens are one of the groups most at risk for contracting STDs. Learn what, when and how to talk to your kids about STDs and prevention.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

STDs & Pregnancy

STDs can be passed from a pregnant woman to the baby before, during, or after the birth. Learn what you can do to protect your baby against infection.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

STDs and Pregnancy: The Facts- (PDF)

If you don’t get treatment for a sexually transmitted disease, it can lead to serious health problems for both you and your baby. Learn the facts about testing and treatment in order to protect yourself, your partner, and your baby.

Review Date: January 22, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Syphilis & MSM (Men Who Have Sex With Men)

Genital sores caused by syphilis in adults also make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV infection sexually. However, correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of syphilis, only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Syphilis Fact Sheet

Find out the facts on syphilis here.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talking to Your Partner About STDs

Having the STD conversation can be awkward at first, but these tips will help you to be more comfortable. Having this talk also will enable you to learn more about your partner and your relationship.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Talking with a Partner About Condoms

Using condoms correctly and consistently is a key way to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Don't be shy to talk with your partner about safer sex and condoms: For both of you, this is one of the most important conversations you can have.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

American Social Health Association

The Check: Wondering If You Should Get Tested?

The Check can help you figure out if you should be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea or HIV. Take a few minutes to answer these simple questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Questions are offered in English and Spanish.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

The Evolution of HIV Testing (Podcast)

This podcast reports that too many people have never been tested for HIV. The only way to find out if you have it is to have an HIV test.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Low Down on STIs

This page offers a list of places where teens can go for further information on a variety of subjects related to teen pregnancy, including web sites and hotlines.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Tips for Using Condoms and Dental Dams

Find quick tips for using condoms and dental dams safely and effectively.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Urology A to Z

Search alphabetically or by common conditions-and get the facts you need on over 140 topics related to urological health. Find information on male and female cancers, infertility, bladder problems, yeast infections, and more.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

Urology Care Foundation

What Works/What Doesn't : Preventing Pregnancy and STD's

Use this site to compare the pros and cons of 10 birth control methods, including condoms, the pill, cervical caps, IUD's, and more.

Review Date: April 05, 2012

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation