Infections come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and cause a range of symptoms.

Condyloma lata

Condyloma means wart (or in Greek, 'knob'), but it is specific to the genitals. Condyloma lata are specific to the secondary form of syphilis, and are located on the moist folds of the genitals and anus. The warts are highly infectious, and are red, mushroom-like...

BV treatment – clinical trial at UCSF – join the trial

The University of San Francisco, California, is running a clinical trial for Lactin-V, a possible new treatment for bacterial vaginosis that includes MetroGel and Lactobacillus crispatus. This product is designed to improve the three-month cure mark. The study is...

What is genital shedding in herpes?

Viral shedding is where a virus makes virus babies that are popped out of cells, setting out to find their own cells to replicate in, and pop out their own viral babies.

Ureaplasma infection in women

Ureaplasma is an antibiotic-resistant infection that can affect the urogenital tract of women and men. We discuss its basic components in women.

Mycoplasma infections

Mycoplasma refers to a few species of bacteria that can reside in and infect the female genital tract, with several species resistant to antibiotics.

What is Gram staining?

Learn about Gram staining and how it’s used to figure out what’s living in your vagina.

Behçet disease

Behçet syndrome is a complex, mysterious disease that presents with ulcerations across the body – mouth, genitals, vascular system.

STI testing

Getting an STI test is a good idea, especially if you (or your partner) likes sex with more than one person.

Pubic lice (crabs, pediculosis)

Pubic lice – crabs – are an infestation of the pubic hair with a small louse. They are reasonably easy to treat, but can be persistent.

Congenital syphilis

Congenital syphilis is completely treatable, but untreated, can cause serious and permanent health problems.


Syphilis is an old-fashioned STD that has largely been eradicated due to antibiotics. However, you can still catch it.

Tinea genitalis (ringworm)

Tinea genitalis is a skin condition that may present with dry, itchy, sore skin around the genital area.

Aunt Vadge: after fingering, I feel like I need to pee all the time

Hi Aunt Vadge,  I was fingered by my boyfriend around four days ago for the first time, and in the beginning, it was very painful, but after some time, the pain was gone. But, a new problem has arisen. Everytime it feels like I need to pee, but when I go to the...

The neurogenic bladder

A neurogenic bladder is a bladder affected by malfunctioning or ‘broken down’ nerves that cause the bladder to work properly to store and expel urine from the body. This is caused by neurological disturbances like injury or disease.

Aunt Vadge: midnight itch

A woman has an itchy clitoris during the night, and wants some advice on how to manage the itch before she sees her doctor.

Urethral diverticula

Diverticulum is a shift in the position of the urethra due to the periurethral (Skene’s glands) enlargement, possibly due to infection.

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