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Category Archives: Genital/Urinary

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Gonorrhea

Some of you are old enough to remember when Gonorrhea was called ‘The Clap’, but do any of you know why it was called that? Read on for the answer. In the meantime, rea
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 28, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Chlamydia Infections

For most people, NGU isn’t a college in South Carolina. In fact, non-gonococcal urethritis isn’t really even that anymore, meaning it doesn’t need to be defined b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 27, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Male Reproductive Health and Workplace Hazards

Yes, you read that correctly. We’re discussing men’s reproductive health. Of course there is a preoccupation with women’s reproductive health (and we addressed that in anothe
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 25, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Female Reproductive Health and Workplace Hazards

Considerations of female reproductive health are important in the work environment. Many different work settings pose risks to women’s reproductive systems. Generally effects can
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Lowering Your Risk of Being Sexually Assaulted

Rape occurs in many different situations. Although the stereotype involves a stranger pulling a victim into a dark, isolated place, more common situations involve being assaulted
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 9, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Recognizing Sexual Abuse in Children

Child. Sexual. Abuse. Those words shouldn’t go together, even on a computer screen. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 683,000 children in the U.S
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 8, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Sexual Assault (Rape) and What To Do If You’re a Victim

In this series on sexual assault (aka sexual violence, rape), I’m going to lean on best practices largely provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 7, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Hernias Are Why Your Doctor Asks You to Turn Your Head and Cough!

Hernias are an uncomfortable topic (no pun intended, for many reasons). Hernias are yet another example of body parts not being in their proper place. They are caused by weak muscl
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 14, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Kidney (Renal) Failure

We take our kidneys for granted. They are truly remarkable organs. In this Straight, No Chaser, we will review kidney function and explain kidney failure. Additional posts will ad
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 12, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)

In the emergency room setting, women are vicious when it comes to how men handle pain. It’s really humorous to see the female nurses’ attitudes change when a large or otherwise
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 11, 2017

The Straight, No Chaser Comprehensive Safe Sex Guide

This edition of Straight, No Chaser is a keepsake, whether for your own reference or as a conversation piece/teaching guide for others. I suspect that due to the volume and wealt
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 13, 2017

Straight, No Chaser Vlog: Sexually Transmitted Infections (Diseases)

The Straight, No Chaser vlog series presents “health care basics” to keep you safe, healthy and out of the emergency room. If you’ve been a regular or even an infrequent
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 14, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Your HIV and STD Risks From Sexual Activities Other Than Intercourse

Today, your sexual IQ goes up, and hopefully your risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, goes down. This is the fifth and last post in a series on HIV and
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 3, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Your HIV and STD Risks From Specific Acts of Sexual Intercourse

Let’s be clear that we’re explicitly discussing the types of sexual behaviors that will lead to transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 2, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: How Do You Contract HIV/AIDS?

This isn’t 1983. The mystery of how HIV infection is contracted has come and gone. Yet HIV and AIDS awareness are still critical. You need to be knowledgable to be empowered.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 28, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Prostate Awareness

This is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and as such, this Straight, No Chaser explores the prostate (no pun intended). Prostate cancer and screening will be addressed in an addi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 19, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Life Begins (To End) at 40 (Unless It Doesn’t) – The Genital System

The third part of this series is about your genital system after 40. There’s a lot here both for the ladies and the gentlemen, but everyone should want to know all the informatio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 7, 2016

A Year Later – The Female Libido-Enhancing Pill Update

Introduction This post revisits the female libido-enhancing pill Addyi a year later. It was a year ago that Straight, No Chaser reviewed approval for the first medication meant to
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 2, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Straight Talk About Vasectomies

A couple’s conversation about having a vasectomy can either be a tense one or it can be a display of trust and cohesion. The decision by a man to have a vasectomy can be a so
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 27, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: The Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Well, here’s what many of you’ve been awaiting.  Assuming the preventative efforts I mentioned didn’t work for you, there are several different treatment approac
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 26, 2016
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