• Chancroid


    Because chancroid is a bacterial infection, antibiotics can cure it. Most commonly, erythromycin is prescribed for seven days or ciprofloxacin for three days.

  • Chlamydia


    Chlamydia’s most dangerous characteristic is that most women — about 75 percent — don’t know they have it until they develop a much more serious illness called pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID.

  • Condoms for Men

    Condoms for Men

    What’s so great about condoms? The condom, a thin rubber sheath that fits over your erect penis, traps your semen during sex and keeps you from impregnating a female partner or infecting your partner with a sexually transmitted disease. It can also protect you from picking up one of these diseases yourself by shielding your

  • Detecting Ovulation

    Detecting Ovulation

    What is ovulation? Ovulation is the fertile time of your menstrual cycle, which occurs when a mature egg — or ovum — is released from one of your ovaries. After the egg is released, it travels down the fallopian tube, where it can be fertilized if sperm are present. How do I know when I’m

  • Diabetes, Men, and Sex

    Diabetes, Men, and Sex

    Diabetes doesn’t have to be a deathblow to your sex life. You can protect your sexual functioning by keeping your diabetes under control.

  • Diaphragm


    What’s a diaphragm? A diaphragm is a shallow dome-shaped rubber cup that you insert into your vagina to keep sperm from entering your cervix. If you use it perfectly every time, a diaphragm is about 94 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. But it takes some practice to insert the device correctly, and a woman using

  • Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

    Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

    What is it? Genital herpes is a common sexually-transmitted infection that can cause painful genital sores on both men and women. It’s caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus type 2, or HSV-2. An estimated one in five American adults and teens has genital herpes. It’s somewhat more common in women than in men.

  • Gonorrhea


    What is gonorrhea? Many people view gonorrhea as an old-fashioned venereal disease, one that’s been almost wiped out by modern antibiotics. But in reality gonorrhea (known informally as the clap, the drip, or GC) is still one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. Transmitted by a bacterium shaped like a

  • Impotence: Causes and Treatment

    Impotence: Causes and Treatment

    What is erectile dysfunction? At some time in his life, almost every man finds himself with an aroused mind, a willing partner, and a penis that refuses to cooperate. The inability to get an erection may be disappointing or even devastating at the time, but it’s nothing to worry about — unless it becomes a

  • Male Infertility

    Male Infertility

    From a man’s point of view, starting a family is easy. While women are on the job for nine months, men can often complete the task in a single evening. When it comes time to try for a pregnancy, they just naturally assume that it will happen. But among the couples who try unsuccessfully for