Because of society’s fear and ignorance about HIV, people living with HIV are frequently stigmatized in various ways. We don’t talk about stigma enough, so I wanted to go a little further.
Many people only get tested for HIV if they’ve recently engaged in risky behavior or if mandated during medical care yet an HIV test should be part of your routine checkup. First, let’s agree that some people are at higher […]
Taking good care of yourself is very important if you have HIV. You may think that adhering to medication is all it takes but it is only one part of self-care…
There are several factors that put women at higher risk for HIV. These include gender-based violence e.g. rape or when they cannot freely choose to have safe sex, poverty, little information on how to protect themselves from HIV, and then […]
Candida is a fungal infection. It’s also known as yeast infection, candidiasis, thrush, or genital candidosis.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) generally affects women. It’s when the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted by an increase of more ‘harmful’ bacteria.
Scabies is a very itchy, contagious skin infection caused by the scabies mite.
Pubic lice are also known as ‘crabs’. Pubic lice are small parasites that dig underneath your skin, and feed on your blood.
Trichomoniasis is also known as ‘trich’. It’s an STD that affects both women and men, but women are more likely to have symptoms.
HIV is short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes AIDS. AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
Water warts are caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum. It’s a common viral infection that affects the skin and causes fluid-filled blisters.
Genital herpes is an STD caused by two different types of herpes simplex virus (HSV). It looks like a cold sore or blister.
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It’s one of the most common STDs worldwide.
Syphilis is an STD caused by a bacterium called Treponema palliduium. It’s known as the ‘great imitator’ because its symptoms are hard to distinguish from other STDs.
Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria called Niesseria gonorrhoeae. It’s very contagious. It can infect your throat, urethra, vagina, and anus.
Chlamydia is an STD caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.