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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The rate of HIV infection is increasing most rapidly among heterosexual women. HIV infection is the fifth leading cause of death among women 19–39 years of age. HIV infection is not a disease that only "other people" get. Every woman must know how to protect [...]
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is spread through close contact, most often during sexual activity. Genital herpes is probably best known for the sores and blisters it causes. These sores can appear around the lips, genitals, or anus. The place where the sores appear is the original site where the virus [...]
Regular physical activity—exercise that is done on most days of the week—has many health benefits. It can help you prevent or control disease, lose weight, and feel better. Exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle.   Benefits of Exercise   Exercise can strengthen your heart and promote the health of your blood vessels. It helps [...]
The lining of the uterus—the endometrium—is shed by bleeding each month during menstruation. Some women have heavy bleeding or bleeding that lasts longer than normal. For them, endometrial ablation may be a good treatment option. This procedure treats the lining of the uterus to control or stop bleeding. It does not involve removal of the [...]
Eating well is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy. A good diet gives you more energy, improves your physical and mental well being, and decreases your risk of disease. A Healthy Lifestyle Many health problems in the United States are linked to poor diet and lack of exercise. These include [...]
Cholesterol is a natural substance that serves as a building block for cells and hormones. A certain amount is good for you. But, excess cholesterol can stick to the walls of vessels, making it harder for blood to move through them. Sometimes cholesterol blocks an artery. Then, the body part served by the artery cannot [...]