Although HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment has made leaps and bounds throughout the last decade, the CDC reports that 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV today and 14 percent don’t even know they’re infected. On top of all this, the CDC estimates 50,000 people are infected each year.
Summer is here and you’ve stocked up on an assortment of sunscreen. You’re ready for summer fun, right? Not exactly. At Planned Parenthood we know sunscreen, hats and glasses are a must during summer, but we’re also focused on other forms of protection. Summer is all about fun and whether you plan on hitting the beach, hanging with friends or getting some summer love, you may be putting yourself at risk for things worse than a sunburn.
It’s Men’s Health Week, and we all know that some men would rather watch a marathon of the Bachelorette rather than visit the doctor. But we all know that getting tested for STDs is a basic part of staying healthy and taking control of your sex life. So have you been getting this look every time you ask the man in your life to make an appointment? (See picture above)
Illustration by Shelby Gubba
With the rising temperature we inevitably see a rise in the number of patients experiencing urinary tract infection symptoms: burning with urination, the urge to urinate more often, the uncomfortable sensation of not completely emptying the bladder, pressure or cramps in the lower abdomen during urination…sound familiar?
A first-hand experience with the menstrual cup contributed by Planned Parenthood supporter, Brooke Pennington.
It all began in the jungle, while vacationing in Belize in an area with only backcountry outhouses for sanitation. I couldn’t escape the thought: “It’s a good thing I don’t have my period right now.” There was nowhere to dispose of the typical waste that I was used to flushing away or dropping into discreet silver bins. Anything not totally biodegradable would have…well, degraded the environment around me, but tampons and pads have plastic wrappers and backing.
When was the last time you talked about sex? And we don’t mean the last time you made a “that’s what she said” joke or watched How to Get Away With Murder with friends. When was the last time you had an honest conversation about sex that got into the details — with a friend, a parent, a partner, or a doctor?
While you’re off creating those New Year’s resolutions, we have one to add to your list: Take better care of your health with preventive screenings like a Pap test.
If you’re a fan of “Forever Your Girl”, “Straight Up”, “Cold Hearted”, or any of Paula Abdul’s songs, you’re going to want to “Rush Rush” on over to YouTube and check out her new “Check Yourself” video.
More than a half a million breast exams are performed by Planned Parenthood annually.
We’ve all heard the disturbing statistics. One in eight women will get breast cancer at some point in her life. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. And breast cancer has a particularly devastating impact on women of color. African-American women have the highest rate of breast cancer among women under 45 years old, and Latinas are 20% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.