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Is chlamydia pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Is chlamydia pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Yes: Chlamydia pneumoniae is also relatively common infection. 50% of adults have evidence of past infection by the time they are 20. ...Read more

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Definition)

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Are guys recommended to take HPV vaccinations? Is it that only women are susceptible to hpv?

Are guys recommended to take HPV vaccinations? Is it that only women are susceptible to hpv?

Yes & No: Yes, cdc recommends that boys 11-12yo & men up to 26yo receive hpv vaccination (but can be as young as 9yo). No, women aren't only ones susceptible to hpv. Men can get it, too. Check out http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.Htm & http://www.Plannedparenthood.Org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex/hpv-vaccine-19345.Htm for more info on hpv & vaccines. ...Read more

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Is there a time for males when they are most fertile?

Generally not: While sperm quality goes up and down in men, there is no cyclicity like there is in women. ...Read more

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Is mycoplasma pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Is mycoplasma pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Yes: Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a relatively common infection, in fact almost 0.5% of americans are diagnosed with it annually. It tends to affect people in the first 4 decades of their life. ...Read more

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Why are people with genital herpes considered more contagious their first year of infection?

Why are people with genital herpes considered more contagious their first year of infection?

Myths: That is myth and no longer even part of a expert physician's practice. What is your specific concerns about your health? ...Read more

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Is abstinence till marriage really going to work for most people for preventing std's?

Is abstinence till marriage really going to work for most people for preventing std's?

Yes: If you both do not have sex prior to getting married and stay monogamous then neither of you will catch a sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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How common is HIV in teens in the state of PA? Do all people who have unprotected sex get HIV? Who's it more common in?

How common is HIV in teens in the state of PA? Do all people who have unprotected sex get HIV? Who's it more common in?

HIV: Not all people who have unprotected sex get HIV but its a dangerous gamble to have unprotected sex because you can never know. It is a disease that crosses all types so you cannot take that chance. ...Read more

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When are you most in jeopardy for getting " sexually transmitted infections"?

When partner has it: Statistically, young females 15-24 have the highest incidence of stds. As for an individual, you are most susceptable is when your partner has active infections, and also if you are not healthy your body is not able to fight the infections off once you contracted it. So, always practice cautions. An ounce of precention is worth a pound of cure. Stay safe..Consult your doc..Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it fairly common for babies to sneeze often first few weeks of life? No other symptoms.

Is it fairly common for babies to sneeze often first few weeks of life? No other symptoms.

Sure: its the only way they have to clear their nose. They aren't sophisticated enough to know how to blow it! Just watch for other symptoms like fever. ...Read more

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Is it true that the sex workers from amsterdam redlight are more sexually safe than the ones in other countries?Do they have to test for STD regullary

Is it true that the sex workers from amsterdam redlight are more sexually safe than the ones in other countries?Do they have to test for STD regullary

Yes: But remember that although they may be tested more regularly you have no idea what they may have acquired 15 minutes before your contact with them. Stay protected always. ...Read more

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Do HPV tests screen for specific strains? I ask because HPV is extremely prevalent but most strains are harmless

Do HPV tests screen for specific strains? I ask because HPV is extremely prevalent but most strains are harmless

All mostly harmless: You've done your homework. True, HPV is "extremely prevalent". But even all type, usually are harmless, not just "most strains". High risk types cause cancer more often than others, but still less often than 1 in a thousand infections. Pap testing in women often incudes HPV, with emphasis on high risk types, but no HPV tests are approved or recommended in men. Not something to be worried about! ...Read more

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Are most people satisfied after getting penile implants, or is it common to have regrets?

Are most people satisfied after getting penile implants, or is it common to have regrets?

Mostly satisfied: Having a penile implant is a very personal decision. In the right patient who is motivated to having an implant, the procedure is very helpful and very effective for sexual intercourse. Very few patients regret having the procedure performed. ...Read more

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Is it common for people who are infected with HIV to develop bell's palsy within the first few weeks after being exposed to the HIV virus?

Is it common for people who are infected with HIV to develop bell's palsy within the first few weeks after being exposed to the HIV virus?

Any thing can happen: If there's any chance of exposure to HIV, the individual must seek counseling and testing though appropriate channel. See the PCP or contact the local health department for free testing, This is a very serious concern that required immediate professional attention. There's also available post-exposure treatment that may apply depending on timing. ...Read more

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Is having sex more than once duribg one time ok, or is it traumatic for the girls vagina, and are bacterial infections more prone this way?

Is having sex more than once duribg one time ok, or is it traumatic for the girls vagina, and are bacterial infections more prone this way?

OK: As long as it is enjoyable and not traumatic (does not cause pain, bleeding, discharge or other discomfort), you can have sex as many times as your partner is able to accomodate. Bacterial infections will not occur unless your partner is infected with some std and then even one sexual episode can create infection. Enjoy. ...Read more

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Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Why women living with HIV are more likely to develop persistent HPV infections at
an earlier age and also develop cancer sooner?

Immunocompromised: HIV patients have diminished immune responses, so are succeptible to unusual infections such as HPV. If infected with HPV, this raises the chances of having cervical cancer ...Read more

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What are the dormancy periods for the common stds?

What are the dormancy periods for the common stds?

Twelve STDs : This question is way too broad and would take up a whole text book to answer. Which is impossible here. I often recommend to my sexually active patients that they know all of the stds (there are twelve common ones) and who you get them or prevent them. I also like to remind them that five can prove deadly and do you know which five these are? ...Read more

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Should flu vaccine be taken annually is necessary for us? Who always can't predict the right strain for vaccine, we still suffer from the novel virus.

Should flu vaccine be taken annually is necessary for us? Who always can't predict the right strain for vaccine, we still suffer from the novel virus.

Get shot annually: The flu virus changes, so it's important to get vaccinated every year. The cdc usually does a pretty good job of predicting which viruses will be circulating. Sometimes they miss, but if you don't get the shot you have no chance of being protected. ...Read more

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With so many people getting vaccines for a and for b, is c the more common hepatitis now?

With so many people getting vaccines for a and for b, is c the more common hepatitis now?

No: Worldwide hep a is very common: usually short term, 1% fatality; bad food/h2o; preventible. Hep b common in far east, other; can cause chronic disease; preventible. In us, about 1-2 million hep b pts. Both above have vaccines. Hep c est. 4 mill in us; most don't know; risks iv, nasal drug use, transfusion before 1993, blood products. No vaccine. Commonly chronic, lead to cirrhosis, ca. Rx: b, c. ...Read more

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Is it possible for HPV to ping-pong back and forth between monogamous partners given reasonable time? And do we remain carriers for life?

Is it possible for HPV to ping-pong back and forth between monogamous partners given reasonable time? And do we remain carriers for life?

Toss The Right Thing: According to National Cervical Cancer Coalition"Current partners are likely to share HPV"and"Partners who are sexually intimate only with each other are not likely to pass the same virus back and forth."However, there are a few details you need to work out and I'd advise you check their website: http://www.nccc-online.org/ Remember that other things CAN be tossed back and forth (like compliments) ...Read more

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Why are gays more prone to HIV then straight people. Straight people have unprotected vaginal penal sex all the time n don't contract the virus.

It's all dangerous: Dr. Graham is correct about anal sex being more likely to produce trauma, whether the passive partner is male or female. In Africa, HIV is transmitted primarily by heterosexual intercourse. Exactly why this happens is one of medicine's major mysteries. If you find romance, please love safely, regardless of who or how, and thanks for your question. ...Read more

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