STD stands for sexually transmitted disease. Unfortunately, this is a major problem I see in my clinic almost every day. There’s a lot of anxiety and embarrassment about this issue, and also a lot of misinformation out there. I think it’s a very important topic to discuss rationally and without embarrassment, so I hope my presentation below can help people understand better. And one crucial point: you can be a carrier of one of these diseases and have no symptoms, but pass it along to new partners. That’s why it is crucial to be screened and tested, especially if you have a new partner. And I’m not just worried about HIV; the far more common bacterias of chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause serious problems, especially infertility in women.
Everyone is focused on the H1N1 flu this summer, but don’t forget the regular old ganmao (the common cold). This viral infection is very common, but unfortunately the treatments aren’t too useful. Fortunately, there is a lot of OTC and home care treatment, and seeing a doctor is usually not needed. Also, you do not need antibiotics for the common cold! Read more here in this article, listed under the Illness section.