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Hives During Pregnancy

About 1 in 5 pregnant women experience changes in their skin during pregnancy, including acne, skin darkening, and stretch marks. Although women may feel self-conscious about these new “beauty marks,”…

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PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is one of the most serious consequences of some bacterial infections including gonorrhea or chlamydia. PID affects nearly 1,000,000 women each year. The current number of…

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Human Papillomavirus: HPV

HPV, the Genital Human Papillomavirus, is a viral infection that affects nearly 6,200,000 new individuals each year. There are over 100 different types of HPV including about 30 types that…

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HIV/AIDS

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), a condition that breaks down a person’s immune system leading to a series of diseases. HIV does…

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that affects nearly 30,000 new individuals each year. There are approximately 2,700,000 Americans who are chronically infected with hepatitis C. What are the symptoms of hepatitis…

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects nearly 73,000 new individuals each year. Approximately 1,250,000 people in the United States are carriers of this disease. What are the symptoms of hepatitis…

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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that affects over 700,000 new individuals each year. The current number of cases is unknown. What are the symptoms of gonorrhea? It is common for individuals…

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Genital Herpes

Genital herpes, also known as herpes simplex virus (HSV), is a viral infection that affects nearly 1,600,000 new individuals each year. Approximately 45 million Americans are currently infected with genital…

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. There are 2,800,000 new cases each year with some individuals accounting for multiple cases. Approximately 1.9 million Americans are currently infected with chlamydia. What are the symptoms…

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Yeast Infections

A yeast infection occurs when the normal levels of acid and yeast in the vagina are out of balance and cause a very uncomfortable, but not serious, condition called a yeast infection….

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Tipped Uterus: Tilted Uterus

The uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a developing fetus will grow. The uterus is normally in a straight vertical position. Some women have a tipped or tilted uterus, in which…

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Puberty

Puberty is the combination of physical and emotional changes that occur when a girl or boy becomes a young woman or man. Puberty takes place at the point that the body starts…

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, circulatory system, and appearance. Women have both male and female hormones, but women…

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Pap Smear

A Pap smear is a test used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix which indicate cervical cancer or conditions that may develop into cancer. Pap smears…

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Fibroid Tumors; Fibroid Uterus

Fibroid tumors are usually undetected non-cancerous masses that grow in the uterus. There are several types of fibroids found in the uterus, and it is common for women to have multiple fibroids…

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial lining of the uterus attaches itself to other organs outside of the uterus. During menstruation, the endometrial lining is shed from the uterus, but the lining that has…

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Cervical Cancer

Diseases in the cervix can develop into cancer. This happens when cells grow out of control and can no longer perform their normal functions. Only malignant (cancerous) cells spread. They travel…

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Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection. The number of new cases and current number of infected individuals is unknown. What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis? The symptom of bacterial vaginosis…

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Abnormal Pap Smear

Women are encouraged to start getting yearly Pap smears at the age of 21 or within 3 years of becoming sexually active. Pap smears are not diagnostic tests, but they are screening…

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