Sexual Responsibility Week: Day 1

Posted on February 14, 2011

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February is STI Awareness and Education Month & this week is Sexual Responsibility Week!

In order to promote sexual responsibility and safety, The Mayor’s Health Line will use this week to highlight various STI’s and tips on how to prevent them.

Pubic Lice (Crabs)

What is it? Pubic lice are small, six-legged creatures that infect the pubic hair area and lay eggs.

How do you get pubic lice? Usually it is transmitted through sexual activity. However, it is possible to contract pubic lice through sharing bedding or clothing with an infected person.

What are the symptoms? Intense itching in areas covered by pubic hair, Sores (lesions) in the genital area due to bites and scratching

How is it treated? Pubic lice are best treated with a prescription wash such as Elimite or Kwell, a single treatment is all that is usually needed.

Genital Herpes

What is it? A sexually transmitted viral infection affecting the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals.

How do you get it? You may be infected with herpes when your skin, vagina, penis, or mouth comes into contact with someone who already has herpes.

What are the symptoms? Fluid-filled blisters that form painful, crusted sores on the genitals, anus, thighs, or buttocks.

How is it treated? Genital herpes cannot be cured. However, antiviral drugs can make outbreaks less frequent and help clear up symptoms more quickly.

Stay tuned this week as we continue to promote STI awareness and education! In the meantime you may call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 to find out how to get tested.  If you need additional information on sexually transmitted infections click here

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