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Shingles vaccine

Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) was licensed by the FDA in 2006. This vaccine reduces the risk of developing…

Pneumococcal vaccine / Prevnar13 + Pneumovax23

Pneumococcal disease is common in young children, but older adults are at greatest risk of serious illness and…

Vaxigrip / Flu vaccine

What is the flu vaccine? An influenza vaccine is a vaccine given with a needle, usually in the…

Hepatitis B vaccine

Why get vaccinated? Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a liver disease that can cause mild illness…

HPV vaccine

Most cervical cancers are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. Widespread immunization with the HPV vaccine could…

Pap and HPV tests

Pap tests (or Pap smears) look for cancers and precancers in the cervix. Precancers are cell changes that…

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

What is PEP? PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread…

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

What is PrEP? PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread…

Trichomoniasis

What is trichomoniasis? Trichomoniasis (or “trich”) is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is caused by infection…

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood,…

Hepatitis B

What is it? Hepatitis B is a serious infection of the liver caused by a virus. Symptoms may…

WART

Of anogenital warts, 90% are caused by nononcogenic HPV types 6 or 11; these types can be commonly…

HIV AND AIDS

What is HIV/AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which is the virus that causes HIV infection. The…

CHLAMYDIA

What is chlamydia? Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by infection with Chlamydia trachomatis. It can…

GONORRHEA

What is gonorrhea? Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by infection with the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium. N. gonorrhoeae infects the mucous…

SYPHILIS

What is syphilis? Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems if it is not…

Genital Herpes

What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex virus type…

HPV and genital wart

What is HPV? HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes).…

UREAPLASMA/MYCOPLASMA

How do patients contract this infection, and how do I prevent spread to other patients? Epidemiology: In adults,…

PID

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) comprises a spectrum of inflammatory disorders of the upper female genital tract, including any…

Vaginal Candidiasis

What is vaginal candidiasis Candidiasis is an infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. Candida normally lives inside…

Bacterial vaginosis

What is bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition that happens when there is too much of certain…

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The hepatitis A virus…