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June 3, 2021

Protect Yourself from Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection that often does not cause symptoms.

Sexual Health

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September 28, 2016

Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

In an analysis of survival data for a population of patients with a particular type of head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers confirmed that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to multiple cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients with other strains of the virus.

Cancer, Research, Sexual Health

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Photo of a mom and daughter at the doctor. Daughter is getting a vaccination.

August 24, 2016

Majority of parents support HPV vaccination requirements for school...

A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause.

Research, Sexual Health

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Melina Kibbe

August 18, 2016

Investigating the presence of sex bias in human surgical clinical r...

In a study published in JAMA Surgery, Melina Kibbe, MD, Zach D. Owens Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, and colleagues found that few human surgical clinical research studies included men and women equally.

Research, Sexual Health

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Wendy R. Brewster

June 6, 2016

Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought ste...

In a preliminary finding (abstract 5568) presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD and Temitope Keku, PhD revealed they have found bacteria in the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Researchers also uncovered a trend toward a distinct bacterial profile in women with ovarian cancer.

Research, Sexual Health

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Anna Cliffe

December 9, 2015

Discovery shows how herpes simplex virus reactivates in neurons to ...

About 90 percent of us live with HSV inside brain cells. Under stress, the virus leaves neurons and can cause cold sores, recurrent eye infection, and in rare cases encephalitis.

Neurology, Research, Sexual Health, Stress

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Cells infected with the KSHV virus fluoresce yellow. The KSHV virus remains dormant in more than 95 percent of infected patients. Source – UNC/Damania Lab

February 13, 2013

UNC researchers discover gene that suppresses herpes viruses

A research team led by Blossom Damania, PhD, found that suppressing the TLK enzyme causes the activation of the lytic cycle of both EBV and KSHV. During this active phase, these viruses begin to spread and replicate, and become vulnerable to anti-viral treatments.

Genetics, Genome, Research, Sexual Health

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