HPV infections are common in teens and young adults.
Another interesting study found that male smokers who quit the habit had bigger, firmer erections. Just because you regularly visit your doctor each year, that doesn't mean they're automatically screening you for every STD you might be exposed to — even if you say, "Test me for everything." Screening guidelines can vary from practice to practice, so you may not have been tested for herpes, HPV, or syphilis at your last visit unless you presented with symptoms or specifically asked for it.
In this excellent post, my colleague Steven Petrow advised that if you're wondering whether someone you know is transitioning from one gender to the other, it's best to "check your curiosity and hold your tongue." But we all have questions about a subject that is increasingly mainstream.
Aside from the recent coverage of Bruce Jenner's apparent transition, Laverne Cox last year became the first trans person on the cover of Time magazine, and Amazon debuted “Transparent,” a show about a father who is transitioning.
Genital warts are warts that are near or on a person's genital areas.
For a girl, that means on or near the vulva (the outside genital area), vagina, cervix, or anus.
Doctors can diagnose warts by examining the skin closely (sometimes with a magnifying glass) and using a special solution to make them easier to see.