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April Is STD Awareness Month - HER Week In Health

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EmpowHER Correspondent, Bailey Mosier, Recaps The Week In Health News For The Week Of April 8, 2011

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER.com Week In Health.

April is STD Awareness Month…a time to raise awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases on Americans' health and the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their partners and healthcare providers.

The Center for Disease Control estimates 19 million new cases of STDs each year in the U.S. Half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.
And direct medical costs associated with $16.4 billion dollars annually.

The Center also estimates 24,000 women in the U.S. become infertile each year due to undiagnosed or untreated STDs.
Consult your health care provider with any questions you have and get tested often. Be open and honest with your partners about STDs and please help spread awareness during the month of April and all year long.

The human papillomavirus, an STD that accounts for 70 percent of all cervical cancers, is now being linked to incidences of lung cancer, according to a team from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The researchers found that people without lung cancer had fewer types of HPV than did lung cancer patients.

Researchers emphasize that this association is not enough to establish causality, but that this initial finding is interesting enough to warrant further investigation.

A study published in Psychology of Women Quarterly found that 93 percent of college women admit to engaging in what’s called ‘fat talk,’ where women of normal weight or even those who are underweight complain to their friends about being fat as a way to vent and reach out for emotional support.

Women engage in ‘fat talk’ with the belief that they are receiving support, where researchers say that the mere act of complaining about one’s body actually leads women to feel worse about themselves.

Psychologists say that the prevalence of this type of self-criticism is indicative of a larger cultural problem.

American culture is all about dissatisfaction, psychologists say. A young woman is 'not supposed to be' satisfied with herself, but rather, the ongoing process of perfecting oneself.

That wraps up your EmpowHER Week In Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the week in women’s health.

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