Q&A: Your STD questions answered

March 11, 2016
Don’t be afraid to tackle the awkward topic of symptoms ‘down there’

You Asked: What is the difference (or lack thereof) between oral and genital herpes?

July 7, 2015

For a long time, the medical world made the distinction between oral herpes (HSV-1) and genital herpes (HSV-2), because it was thought that HSV-2 led to types of genital and oral cancers. Now we know that the human papilloma virus is the leading culprit for causing cancers specifically focused around the genitals and mouth, not herpes. However, HSV-1 and HSV-2 aren’t mutually exclusive; there is about a 20 percent crossover between the two types.

What’s the right contraceptive for you?

June 2, 2015

Whatever your reason is for choosing birth control, there are multiple forms from which to pick. No matter what method you decide on, it’s important to make an informed decision so you can select the option that best fits your lifestyle.

Taylor awarded 2014 American STD Association Developmental Award

July 21, 2014

Brandie Taylor, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, was recently awarded the 2014 American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association (ASTDA) Developmental Award. The ASTDA Developmental Award is designed to encourage new investigators to pursue careers in STD research.