Usher Raymond fans were shocked and saddened when a Georgia woman filed a lawsuit in 2018 accusing him of infecting her with the herpes virus.

Nothing ruins a sex symbol's public image like the knowledge that he has an incurable infectious STD. But all is not lost for Usher and other men and women infected with an STD.

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Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez is the latest star to reveal her struggle with thyroid disease. On Tuesday, talk show maven Wendy Williams said she was taking 3 weeks off from her talk show because of severe depression and fatigue caused by Graves' disease (overactive thyroid).

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Usher

Sandrarose.com readers were divided over the issue of contracting or transmitting herpes while wearing condoms. Condoms do not prevent the spread of herpes because herpes is spread via skin-to-skin contact. But the risk of contracting herpes is a lot less if men wear condoms during sex.

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Cushing Syndrome

Moon face is a medical abnormality caused by large fat deposits in the face, back or abdomen. It is a sign usually associated with Cushing's or Cushing syndrome.

Cushing's Syndrome is a group of related signs and symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to medications (glucocorticoids) such as Prednisone and Hydrocortisone (Cortisol) or a tumor such as tumors of the pituitary or adrenal glands.

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Truvada PrEP

A 43-year-old gay man is believed to be the first person to contract HIV while on daily Truvada PrEP antiviral medication.

PrEP stands for "pre-exposure prophylaxis." One pill contains 2 antiviral drugs (tenofovir and emtricitabine) to prevent HIV infection in people who engage in high risk, unprotected sex.

Ideally, men on PrEP prophylaxis therapy should also use condoms.

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BoosieT

Rapper Boosie just announced he has kidney cancer. The rapper posted the announcement on Instagram then deleted the post.

This is what Boosie wrote:

“I need all my fans to pray for me. Doctor just told me I have cancer on my kidneys. Prayer is power, that’s why I’m letting the world know prayfaboosie.”

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Khloe Kardashian Book Signing

Socialite Khloe Kardashian responded angrily to hecklers on Twitter.com taunting her for pretending to care about estranged husband, Lamar Odom.

Kardashian took to Twitter.com to lash out at her followers who criticized her for dating NBA star James Harden, 26, while pretending to care about Odom, whom she hasn't seen in weeks.

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Charlie Sheen

Earlier today, actor Charlie Sheen confirmed shocking rumors that he is HIV positive. Both Sheen and his personal physician, Dr. Robert Huizenga, appeared on the "Today" show with Matt Lauer. Both men stressed that Sheen's HIV viral load was at "undetectable" levels.

But "undetectable" does not mean he is cured of the disease. It simply means the tests that are available today cannot detect the virus at such low levels.

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Reality TV personality Kim Zolciak got what she wanted: she was kicked off of the popular ABC dance competition Dancing With the Stars on Monday.

The mother-of-six claimed she was hospitalized for 3 days after suffering a "mini-stroke." Mini strokes usually do not require hospitalization.

Zolciak is typical of pseudo-celebrities who want the fame but don't want to put in the hard work to achieve fame and riches.

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Wanda Smith

Longtime V-103 Morning Show co-host Wanda Smith was recently hospitalized with diverticulitis, a painful inflammatory infection of the intestines.

If you are an Atlanta resident who listens to V-103 you may recall the days when Wanda and Frank Ski promoted colonic cleansing. This is when the colon is flushed with gallons of water to supposedly flush out the bad toxins.

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BB King at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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One of B.B. King's daughters has asked a judge to give her guardianship over her ailing father's affairs.

King's daughter Karen Williams claims his manager Laverne Toney is not giving him the proper care he needs.

The blues great's health took a turn for the worse when he suffered a heart attack last week. The police were called and he was transported to a hospital, where he was evaluated and released.

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This is an updated post of an earlier version that was originally posted in May 1, 2012.

Have you ever attempted to swallow food and it feels like it's stuck in your throat (or somewhere in your upper chest)? Panic slowly begins to rise as it seems like your throat is starting to close and you feel like you can't breathe. You feel like you're choking until you drink something to get the food moving again.

If you've ever had that choking experience with food -- and it occurs quite often -- you may have cancer of the esophagus.

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Beyonce thigh gap surgery

You can add American singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter's name to the growing list of women with low self-esteem who opt for surgery to widen their thigh gap.

Beyonce has always been desperate for attention, but thigh gap surgery seems a bit drastic even for her. The 34-year-old singer debuted her new thigh gap in photos on her personal Tumblr page this week.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS means Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or many ovarian cysts. PCOS can cause health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity and high cholesterol levels. The cause is unknown and the condition is thought to be genetic (runs in the family).

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Robin Williams and Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers was rushed to a NY area hospital where she is listed in stable condition after she stopped breathing while undergoing a routine endoscopic procedure at an outpatient clinic. An endoscope is a small, flexible tube with a camera and a light at the end of it. The endoscope is passed down a patient's throat by doctors who look for abnormalities (tumors, ulcers, etc.) in the patient's esophagus or the stomach.

Rivers, 81, is pictured above with the late Robin Williams.

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Slim Thug

Slim Thug

We've all seen the TV commercials for male and female incontinence. Incontinence can be an embarrassing and humiliating experience, as evidenced by rapper Slim Thug who wet himself while rushing to the restroom.

Urinary urgency is the urgent need to empty the bladder immediately. Wetting yourself before you can make it to the restroom is called incontinence.

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Cassie Ventura

Nurses and doctors study long hours burning the midnight oil for years just so we can earn a professional degree that tells a state we are qualified to be licensed. Then along comes clueless folk like pseudo singer Cassie Ventura who has been sick for 3 days with Ebola-like symptoms. Instead of going to see a doctor, she calls Boomqusiha from around the way who advises her to swallow a concoction of herbs, plants, citrus fruit and marijuana seeds to cure what ails her. Then we wonder why young people like Peaches Geldof suddenly drop dead? #RIP.

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Ebola outbreak in Guinea

UK hospitals are on "high alert" over fears that the deadly Ebola virus could arrive on British shores.

The Ebola virus that causes hemorrhagic fever is highly contagious. 5 new infections have been diagnosed in Guinea in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of new infections to 127, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO confirms Ebola has killed 80 people in Guinea. Ebola is classified as the "world's deadliest virus", with a mortality rate of 90 percent.

There is no cure or treatment for Ebola.

Once the onset of symptoms appear, death comes quickly. For this reason, health officials say it is unlikely the virus could reach Great Britain from western Africa.

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