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  • Molluscum contagiosum

    Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a pox virus and can occur anywhere on the skin. It is very common in children. It is less common in adults and is usually spread through sexual contact. In this case, infections usually occur on the stomach, genital area, buttocks, and thighs.

  • Monogamy

    Monogamy is the practice of having a sexual relationship or marriage with only one person at a time. In general, it means committing to one person emotionally, romantically, and sexually. Monogamy is the most common relationship style in North America.

  • Non-Gonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

    Non-Gonococcal Urethritis (NGU) is an infection of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. ‘Nongonococcal’ means the infection is not caused by the gonorrhea bacteria.

  • Non-monogamy

    Non-monogamy is the practice of having more than one sexual or romantic relationship at the same time. There is a wide range of non-monogamous relationship styles. These relationships can include:

  • Oral sex

    Oral sex is when a person stimulates their partner’s genitals with their mouth, lips or tongue. Oral sex can include licking or sucking a person’s vulva, vagina/internal genitals, and clitoris (cunnilingus), penis/external genitals (blow job or fellatio), or anus (rimming or anilingus).

  • Pap screening

    The Pap test is an important screening test that looks for changes in the cells of the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is serious, but it usually develops slowly. If found and treated early, the chance of curing cervical cancer is very high. Cervical cancer is usually caused by a few types of Human Papillomavrus (HPV). The HPV strains that cause bumpy genital warts that you can see do not cause cervical cancer.

  • Partner notification

    If you have an STI, it is important that your sexual partners get tested and treated. Anyone you have had oral, anal, or vaginal/ internal genital sex with may have the same STI. They may unknowingly pass it on to another person, or it can develop into more serious health problems if left untreated.

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the upper genital tract, including the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. It happens when infections travel up from the vagina or internal genitals through the cervix.

  • Penis size

    Penis size has been a concern for many people throughout history. It is often associated with strength and masculinity, and can ultimately affect self-esteem. It is common for people with a penis to worry about the size of their penis. Another common worry is that penis size will affect the amount of sexual pleasure a person can give their partner(s).

  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

    Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a 4-week course of medications that you can take if you are HIV negative and think that you have been recently exposed to HIV. The medications are called antiretroviral drugs (or HAART), and are the same drugs used to treat HIV infection.

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