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What is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are infections that are spread via sexual contact or close intimate contact with an infected person. The presence of STDs and STIs in children are almost always caused by sexual abuse.

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Tekashi

Incarcerated rap troll Tekashi, aka 6ix9ine, was transferred to the contagious disease unit on Rikers Island. The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant after he returned to the United States from a European tour.

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Philadelpia Main Line

A rare lung infection that affects affluent older white women has doctors stumped. The infection is called Nontuberculous Mycobacteria or NTM for short.

The lung infection, similar to tuberculosis, is caused by a bacteria that is found in water, soil, and in the air.

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head lice

Loyal reader Ronisha writes:

"Hey,

I was reading your blog and you mentioned only straight hair getting lice, which is untrue. I work for one of the top lice places here in NYC. I'm African American, and although not to many cases are African American, I can assure you that we do get lice."

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prince hiv aids

The world continues to mourn megastar Prince Rogers Nelson who died at age 57 in an elevator at his 66,000 sq ft Paisley Park residence near Minneapolis last Thursday.

Insiders confirm the pop icon was diagnosed with "full blown AIDS" in the months before he died.

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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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Zika virus

Health officials in South Florida confirm 3 pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus. The total number of cases in the state of Florida stands at 32.

All of the infected patients contracted the mosquito-borne infection while traveling out of the country.

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Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a case of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection in the Dallas, Texas area.

The CDC confirmed the case in a statement to CNN.com. Dallas County health officials announced the case involves a man who had sex with someone who recently returned from Venezuela.

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Zika virus vaccine

President Barack Obama is calling for urgent research into developing a vaccine, testing and treatment for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

"The president emphasized the need to accelerate research efforts to make available better diagnostic tests, to develop vaccines..., and to ensure that all Americans have information about the Zika virus and steps they can take to better protect themselves from infection," the White House said in a statement.

But researchers say a Zika vaccine may take a decade to develop.

The Ebola vaccine was available sooner because years of research had already gone into developing an Ebola vaccine.

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Zika virus

A mosquito-borne virus that causes horrific birth defects in babies has spread to New York from Latin America.

ABC affiliate WABC-TV reports four cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in the New York area.

None of the cases involve pregnant women. At least 2 of the cases got the infection when they traveled outside of New York.

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vomiting

California health officials are battling an outbreak in "winter vomiting disease."

According to the California Department of Public Health, the alarming outbreak of vomiting illnesses caused by the norovirus “far exceed the number reported at this time in 2014.”

The norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes explosive vomiting and diarrhea.

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Chaga blood-sucking bug

A deadly blood-sucking parasite, introduced into America by Mexicans crossing the porous southern border, has infected up to 300,000 Americans -- and 300,000 more Americans are expected to be infected by year's end according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Doctors at the CDC compare the deadly "kissing bug" disease to the virus that causes HIV/AIDS.

Chaga blood-sucking bug

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Kaci Hickox

A defiant epidemiology nurse broke quarantine to go for a bike ride with her boyfriend today in Maine. Hordes of photographers ran alongside Kaci Hickox's bike as she rode through her rural town for about an hour. Hickox refused to quarantine herself for 21 days after returning from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients.

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Kaci Hickox

A nurse who was placed under forced quarantine in New Jersey after arriving from West Africa says she will sue the state of NJ.

Despite testing negative for Ebola twice, Kaci Hickox is being held inside a specialized tent at University Hospital in Newark, NJ.

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Amber Vinson

Dallas Ebola nurse Amber Vinson has tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus at Emory Hospital in Atlanta just 9 days after she was diagnosed. Vinson was one of 2 Dallas nurses infected with Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan who died earlier this month.

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T.I. goes to Africa

Rap tycoon T.I. Harris flew to Tanzania to perform a concert in the Motherland on Friday. Sources tell gossip tabloid TMZ.com that T.I. was not afraid of contracting the deadly Ebola virus because he is as far away from the hot zones as possible.

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letter from Dept of Public Health

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner and State Health Officer of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and Brian Kemp, the Secretary of State, sent emails to all professional licensed nurses in the state of Georgia today. The lengthy email contains detailed information about Ebola transmission, clinical guidance, and specific health risks to health care workers and patients.

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Ebola

A second nurse who treated Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus.

"An additional health care worker testing positive for Ebola is a serious concern, and the CDC has already taken active steps to minimize the risk to health care workers and the patient," said the CDC in a statement on Wednesday.

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