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STD Awareness

By Tracy McCallum, Youth Intervention Counselor, Peer Advocate/HIV Services In the spirit of STD Awareness Month, Whittier Street Health Center encourages our patients and community residents to consider their sexual health. Having good sexual health means feeling physically and emotionally safe and comfortable with your sexual life. It’s also important in preventing STDs like chlamydia, […]

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Celebrating World AIDS Day

By Nicole Mitton, Grant Writers and Communications Specialist   HIV/AIDS is a global public health concern, with an estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV, and 14% don’t know they have the virus. Every […]

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Hepatitis C

By Mothusi Chilume, MD Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver and eventually cause scarring of the liver if not treated.  The virus is spread through blood so people who have shared needles or have had blood transfusions in the past are at high risk for having the infection and should be […]

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Baby Boomers: Test for Hepatitis C

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and Acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris D. Lushniak has just released a Surgeon General’s Perspective to encourage physicians to test baby boomers for Hepatitis C. Hep C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It affects the liver and chronic infection can lead to cirrhosis (advanced […]

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