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Cervical Health Awareness Month

Introduction January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. To that end, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) boldly proclaims “No woman should die of cervical cancer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 14, 2019

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Introduction Ladies, have you ever been told that you get urinary tract infections (aka UTIs or “bladder infections”) because you didn’t wipe front to back instead of back to
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 25, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Infections Vlog

Introduction This is a Straight, No Chaser Sexually Transmitted Infections vlog. The Straight, No Chaser vlog series presents “health care basics” to keep you safe, healthy an
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 15, 2018

Treatment of Food Poisoning

Introduction The vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and all around bad feelings you may get with food poisoning is extremely unpleasant. We’ve previously discussed prev
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 13, 2018

Protecting Yourself From Food Contamination and Foodborne Illness

Introduction This post is about food contamination and minimizing your risk of foodborne illness. Those of you who are regular readers of Straight, No Chaser may have heard me sa
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 11, 2018

Flu Prevention without Receiving the Vaccine

Introduction This post discussion flu prevention options. Many people choose not to get the influenza vaccine (the “flu shot”). There are various reasons for this decis
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 5, 2018

Flu Myths and Questions

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses flu myths and address a few frequently asked questions.Every year 36,000 people die and over 200,000 are hospitalized each year due
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 4, 2018

World AIDS Day

Introduction Today is World AIDS day. This isn’t 1983. The mystery of how HIV infection is contracted has come and gone. Be knowledgable to be empowered. This is the first blog i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 1, 2018

Preventing and Treating Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Introduction This post addresses preventing and treating urinary tract infections. At some point, you’ve got to be on board with the notion that you need to prevent some of the t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 26, 2018

What is a spinal tap, and why is it done?

Introduction A spinal tap (lumbar puncture) induces a lot of angst. Although the reason for the procedure should, the procedure itself really shouldn’t. What is a spinal tap?
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 30, 2018

Fifteen Tips to Care for Diabetic Skin, Part 2

Introduction This post provides diabetic skin care tips! In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the frailty of  diabetic skin and discussed how that sets one up for
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 14, 2018

Diabetic Skin Problems, Part 1

Introduction Today we begin a discussion on diabetic skin problems. Diabetic Skin Problems If you are diabetic or caring for a diabetic, one of the things you’ve likely notic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 13, 2018

The Day You Get Diagnosed With HIV

Introduction This blog focuses on the conversation physicians have with patients newly diagnosed with HIV. It is the seventh and final blog in the series on HIV and AIDS. To read
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 18, 2018

HIV and STD Risks From Sexual Activities Other Than Intercourse

Introduction – HIV and STD risks This blog focuses on your HIV and STD risks from sexual activities other than intercourse. It is the sixth blog in an ongoing series on HIV
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 17, 2018

HIV and STD Risks From Specific Acts of Sexual Intercourse

Introduction – HIV and STD risks This blog focuses on your HIV and STD risks from specific acts of sexual intercourse. It is the fifth blog in an ongoing series on HIV and A
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 16, 2018

What Are The Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

Introduction This is the fourth blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS and focuses on symptoms of HIV and AIDS. To read a discussion of HIV being eliminated from the body, click
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 15, 2018

How Do You Contract HIV and AIDS?

Introduction Fortunately, this isn’t 1983, but HIV and AIDS are still far too common. Thankfully, we now know how HIV infection is contracted. Yet, HIV and AIDS awareness are
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 14, 2018

Do You Know the Definition of AIDS?

Introduction This is the second blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS. Click here for the introductory blog. What is AIDS? After all these years, it’s still an interesting a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 13, 2018

HIV Awareness Month – Can HIV Be Eliminated From the Body?

Introduction It’s HIV Awareness Month. Certainly you’ve noticed there’s a lot less chatter about HIV lately. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 12, 2018

Flu 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 24, 2018
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