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Community Health: Education, Prevention and Inspiration

Empowering people to make healthy, respectful and responsible choices.

A Sexual Health Education App for Parents and Children

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

Recently, I attended the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists conference (AASECT) in Miami, Florida. Without a doubt, it was the best professional conference I have ever attended in my 20 year career. It was so full of valuable sessions for sexual health educators that I had a difficult time choosing which sessions to attend. In addition, there was a multitude...

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New HIV Rapid Test

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

Today's rapid HIV tests only look for the body's immune system response (HIV antibodies) to having HIV. If a person's immune system is producing HIV antibodies, then that person is HIV positive (they have HIV), otherwise their body wouldn't be producing antibodies to fight HIV in the first place. Now, a new rapid test is able to detect both HIV-1&2 antibodies as well as a particle of th...

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Declining Rates of HPV in Teen Girls

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

Rates of HPV have dropped by 50% in recent years for teen girls (3.6% among girls ages 14 to 19 in 2010, from 7.2% in 2006 for the same age group).Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that is primarily sexually transmitted. While the decline is certainly great news, the fact remains that only about 1/3 of teenage girls in the United States have been vaccinated with the full course of t...

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Four Clues about Child Sexual Abuse

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

Following up on the previous blog post, the following four clues or tips can help children recognize a potentially abusive situation. Clue #1: No Good Reason Someone looking at or touching a child's sexual body parts for no good reason is a clue that what happened to the child is sexual abuse. Good reasons for looking at or touching a child's sexual body parts i...

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