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National STD Awareness Month

National STD Awareness Month

April is National STD Awareness Month, and STDs, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, have been on the rise since 2013. Know the facts about STD testing.

Untreated STDs can lead to serious health problems, and many have no symptoms. All sexually active teens and adults should be tested at least once for HIV.

Teens and Adults and HIV Testing


All sexually active women under 25 and those over 25 who meet the right risk factors should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year.

Women and STD Testing


All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B early in the pregnancy. At risk women should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Pregnant Women and STD Testing


Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares needles should get tested for HIV and other STDs yearly.

Those at the Greatest Risk of STDs


Talking openly with your doctor about your sexual activity helps them decide what STD tests are right for you. Here are some tips to start the conversation.

Talking to Your Doctor About STDs


The best way to protect your sexual health is by talking to your partner about your histories and getting tested for STDs and HIV. Here are some tips for starting those conversations.

Communicate with Your Partner for STD Protection
National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week

This week was National Influenza Vaccination Week. The flu shot is the best tool to protect you and your family.

Struggling Through the Flu


The flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths every season. Get your shot today!

Avoid Getting Sick with the Shot


More than 132.7 million people have already gotten their flu shots. If your kids are over 6 months, protect them now!

Protect Your Kids From the Flu


Flu shots are the best way to avoid seasonal doctors’ visits, missed work and school, and to prevent hospitalizations.

Avoid Flu Season Woes


The flu can be a serious danger to your health, especially to those under 6 months old, pregnant women, and the elderly. Protect yourself now!

Our blogger overcame her fear of the flu shot. Let her story remind you why you need yours.

As a Health Alliance member, your flu shot is covered, so there’s no reason not to get yours today!

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Preventing Group B Strep

Group B Strep Awareness Month

July is Group B Strep (GBS) Awareness Month, so we’re helping you learn more about it each day.

GBS is a type of bacteria that’s in the digestive track of up to 1 in 4 pregnant women, and can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, premature, handicapped, or very sick. Learn more.

Protect Your Baby


GBS Disease has 3 types, prenatal (during pregnancy), early-onset which happens within your baby’s first week, and late-onset, anytime after 1 week. Learn more.

Keeping Your Baby Healthy


GBS does have noticeable symptoms! If you’re pregnant, call your doctor if you have less or no fetal movement after your 20th week, or if you have an unexplained fever.

GBS and Its Symptoms


Once your baby’s born, call you doctor or take them to the ER if they have refuse to eat, sleep too much, have a high or low temp, red skin, or blue or pale skin from not enough oxygen. See the full list of symptoms.

After They're Born


Babies can be infected with GBS from in the womb until several months old. Women usually don’t have symptoms, but should get infections during pregnancy treated right away.

Avoiding GBS Infections


You can check for GBS with a urine test during pregnancy if you’re worried you might have it.

Checking During Pregnancy


The hospital can also test your baby to see if they have GBS after they’re born, so talk to your doctor about any symptoms you see.

Testing Your Baby for GBS


Call the Poison Control Center

National Poison Prevention Week

Last week was also National Poison Prevention Week, so this week we gave you tips and info on protecting your family.

The most important thing is to keep the Poison Control Center number handy. Call 1-800-222-1222 if the poisoned person is still awake and alert. Otherwise, call 911.

Prescription drug overdose is one of the main causes of poisoning. Make sure you store them and other toxic products, like household cleaners securely and out-of-reach of children.

Poisoning by Prescription


Always make sure you read all the labels and warnings, especially when giving medicine to kids, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Labels and Poison Prevention


If you don’t need it, make sure you dispose of old and expired drugs properly. Follow these federal guidelines.

Getting Rid of Extra Prescription Drugs


Always keep household cleaners and products in their original containers. Never store them or beauty products in any type of food container.

Storing Cleaners Safely


Never mix household cleaners. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia makes a poison gas.

Using Cleaners Safely


Always wear protective coverings, like gloves, long sleeves, and pants when using household cleaners and lawn chemicals.

Protect Yourself While Cleaning