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I have my birth control pills but I don’t know when to start should I do it on the first day of my next period or when?

You can start your pills at any time, however when you start can determine how soon you are protected against pregnancy. If you are taking a combination pill (progestin and estrogen) and you start your pills within 5 days after the start of your period, you are protected against pregnancy immediately. If you start the Read more about I have my birth control pills but I don’t know when to start should I do it on the first day of my next period or when?[…]

What happens in a std test?

Getting tested for STD’s or STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) is usually an easy and relatively pain free process! Most people get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and sometimes Syphilis and HIV. For a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test, all that is needed is a urine sample. When you come in for your appointment, the nurse will Read more about What happens in a std test?[…]

LARCs (Long-acting reversible contraceptives)

Studies have shown that within the United States approximately 42% of adolescents aged 15-19 years old have had sexual intercourse. Although the majority of these sexually active adolescents identify that they have used some method of contraception within their lifetime, the methods utilized are attributed with a high failure rate including condoms, oral contraceptives, and Read more about LARCs (Long-acting reversible contraceptives)[…]

HIV and AIDS: ARE YOU AT RISK?

Mahube-Otwa Family Health Client Information/Fact Sheet HIV and AIDS: ARE YOU AT RISK? WHAT IS HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)? HIV is a virus that kills your body’s “CD4 cells.” CD4 cells (also called T-helper cells) help your body fight off infection and disease. WHAT IS AIDS (the Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome)? AIDS is a disease you Read more about HIV and AIDS: ARE YOU AT RISK?[…]

Zika Virus

Interim Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus CDC has updated interim guidelines updated in for the prevention of sexual transmission of the Zika virus. This guidance update includes information on how to reduce the risk for sexual transmission of Zika virus from both men and women to their sex partners

Zika Virus: I’ve seen so many different things on the news lately about the Zika virus and I’m wondering how does someone ‘catch’ this?

  The Zika Virus – Some Things You Should Know You may have heard some things about the Zika Virus in the recent past. Mosquitoes carrying Zika are not likely to be found in Minnesota, but there have been cases in Minnesotans who traveled to Zika-impacted areas. Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the Read more about Zika Virus: I’ve seen so many different things on the news lately about the Zika virus and I’m wondering how does someone ‘catch’ this?[…]