Viewing posts tagged sexualhealthDavid Pryor, MD December 1 is World AIDS Day, a global initiative to encourage countries and communities to take a stand against HIV/AIDS. We here at BlackWomensHealth feel very strongly about recognizing the fight against HIV/AIDS—not only on World AIDS Day, but all through December and every day of the year. David Pryor, MD The health of African-Americans has improved over the last forty years. Many factors have helped improve our health such as regular medical care, exercise, a healthy diet, and timely screening tests. We need to be aware of these preventative health practices to make sure we are properly screened in order to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our families. Consult with your doctor or health provider who can help you tailor these summary recommendations to your specific health situation. Andrea Price Vaginal infections are rarely life and death emergencies, but the intense itching and burning in your nether regions can sure feel like an emergency!. There are several types of vaginitis and each has it's own specific causes and treatments. But before we get into that, here are some things that your mother never told you. David Pryor, MD Teenagers (ages 13 to 19 years) in the United States are engaging in sexual activity in increasing numbers. Some children, even younger than 13 years of age, are having sex. The high rate of adolescent pregnancy is a national concern. The African American community has been and continues to be greatly impacted by the consequences of high rates of teen sexual activity and pregnancy. It is our responsibility to love, nurture and educate our youth so that they can make responsible choices with regard to their sexual behavior. African American woman have the highest incidence of pre-term labor, low birth weight babies and other pregnancy-related complications. Also, certain diseases and illnesses that are frequent in our community (diabetes, hypertension, sickle cell) can cause significant problems in pregnancy. For this reason, early and frequent prenatal visits are essential to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and ultimately, a healthy baby.