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Straight, No Chaser: Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Ladies, have you ever been told that you get “bladder infections” because you didn’t wipe front to back instead of back to front? Men, have you ever been told that this could
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 27, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Treatment of Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness)

The vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and all around bad feelings you may get with food poisoning is extremely unpleasant. We’ve previously discussed preventative meas
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Food Contamination and Protecting Yourself From Foodborne Illness

Those of you who are regular readers of Straight, No Chaser may have heard me say that everything you place in your mouth either harms or helps you. Your mouth is the direct poin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 22, 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 10, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Influenza Prevention

It’s time to get your flu shots! Of course, many people choose not to get the influenza vaccine (the “flu shot”) for various reasons, some more reasonable than ot
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 5, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: About That Vomiting and Diarrhea…

You’ve all been there and done that. It’s always a bad day when you get the so-called stomach flu… First of all ‘the flu’ is a respiratory disease (affects the lungs,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 1, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Skin Problems of Diabetics, Part 1

If you are diabetic or caring for a diabetic, one of the things you’ve likely noticed is that the skin doesn’t always seem to look, feel or perform normally. Perhaps th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 1, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Tetanus (Lockjaw)

If there could possibly be anything cool about tetanus, it’s that the overwhelming majority of us have never seen it and never will. At first thought, that could seem odd becaus
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 27, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Day You Get Diagnosed With HIV

I’ve had many occasions to tell a patient they were HIV(+). Over the last 20 years of my doing so, that message has changed from a death sentence to the acknowledgement of a chro
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 26, 2017

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  post in a series on HIV and AIDS. F
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 25, 2017

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 October 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: What Are The Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

This is the third in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS. For an explanation of what AIDS is, click here. For an explanation of how HIV is contracted, click here. The National Insti
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 23, 2017

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 knowledgeable to be empowered
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 22, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: What Exactly Is AIDS?

This is the second blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS. After all these years, it’s still an interesting and important enough question to ask and to know how to answer. Mo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 21, 2017

Straight No Chaser: HIV Awareness Month – Can HIV Be Eliminated From the Body?

It’s HIV Awareness Month. Have you noticed there’s a lot less chatter about HIV lately? Don’t be lulled into a sense of false security; no, it hasn’t been e
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 20, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Infection Prevention

There are things you know, there are things you know but don’t really know, and there are still other things that you think you know that you don’t know at all. When it
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 19, 2017

Straight, No Chaser In The News: New Public Health Consequences & Lessons from Puerto Rico – Leptospirosis

This is a post on a public health matter, not a political one. Please appreciate the difference. Three weeks after Hurricaine Maria rendered the nearly 3.5 million US citizens livi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 12, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: MRSA, the Big, Bad Staph Infection

One of the things that’s changed a lot from when I first started practicing medicine is people show up every day to the emergency room for mosquito and spider bites.  The lo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 28, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Abscesses (Boils)

Whether you call them boils, pus pockets or abscesses, they hurt. Abscesses are infections that localize and collect pus beneath the skin. Although previous Straight, No Chaser pos
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 27, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Influenza Prevention

It’s time to get your flu shots! Of course, many people choose not to get the influenza vaccine (the “flu shot”) for various reasons, some more reasonable than ot
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 19, 2017
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