Sexual Health http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk Sexual Health and Wellbeing Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:27:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 3 Countries with the Most Health Problems http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/3-countries-with-the-most-health-problems http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/3-countries-with-the-most-health-problems#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:47:34 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=192 Countries around the world experience varying levels of health problems. The variation in the occurrence and degree of these challenges is determined by multiple factors including logistical factors, budgetary deficiencies, lack of sufficient information, and cost of living. Countries in the developed and developing world are all affected by health problems for different reasons. Whereas the developing world experiences health challenges related to scarcity, the developed world usually suffers health consequences resulting from the adoption of negative lifestyle practices and the reluctance of the citizenry to practice appropriate nutritional practices. Some of the countries experiencing dire health problems include Sudan, Myanmar, and Russia. Health-related challenges in these countries contribute to the rising levels of mortality among people across the various demographic categories.

Efforts by the respective governments to reduce the prevalence of certain conditions have faced multiple logistical and financial challenges. Sudan’s health problems arise from the prevailing state of insecurity that has affected the Darfur region due to decades of ethnic conflicts. The conflict has led to massive displacements and deprivation among the various ethnic groups. As such, many families in the Darfur region cannot access quality and affordable healthcare services. The health problems in the region are compounded by lack of solid medical infrastructure to support the various kinds of interventions that the region occasionally receives from the donor community and humanitarian organizations. A trip to Sudan to witness the difficult health conditions of the populations can be achieved by acquiring the aer lingus phone number as a preliminary step. This would enable the acquisition of the most appropriate information about the destination including the culture and lifestyle of the people.

The Russian health problems are mainly connected with insufficiency in the medical provisions and a weak infrastructure that fails to meet the growing health needs of the citizenry. Like many other countries in the developed world, Russia suffers from a growing prevalence of lifestyle diseases caused by poor nutritional habits, overindulgence in alcohol, smoking, and other lifestyle factors that illustrate the modern patterns of liberal urban values. Russia reports some of the highest statistics of liver failure, different types of cancer, and diabetes among the young and elderly populations. Budgetary constraints make it difficult for the country to meet the high costs of medication for the wider public. The adverse health situation is further complicated by the recurrent inflationary pressures, which make it difficult for the citizens to keep sufficient disposable income for combating the various health challenges. Acquiring the aer lingus phone number would offer the best opportunity of touring the country to witness the attractive sites of the country.

The health problems facing Myanmar are deeply rooted in lack of capacity and general adversity caused by the land-locked nature of the country. Myanmar has existed for many years in isolation as a result of the despotic nature of its successive governments. Bad governance contributes to the poor health policies that have contributed to the myriad health challenges such as infant malnutrition, AIDS, cholera, dysentery, measles, polio, malaria, and other preventable diseases. One would require the aer contact phone number to arrange a fact-finding mission or interventionist trip to the country.

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Best Travel Tips for Older People http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/best-travel-tips-for-older-people http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/best-travel-tips-for-older-people#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:39:20 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=181 shutterstock_50498005.downloadPrior to travelling, whether by bus, train or air, elderly people should consider their health status, UK passport renewal and insurance. In most cases, old age comes with memory problems such that they may not remember to renew their passport for future travels. If the travel documents are in order, health is the next significant factor to consider. Below are some travel tips for older people.

An older person should consult his or her physician prior to making any travel arrangements. The doctor will give important advice on the key health considerations to put in mind. Depending on whether one has any medical condition, the doctor will either discourage the travel plans, or administer a vaccine, or prescribe certain medication. In case the doctor prescribes medication, one should get full information on how to take the medicine during the trip. Depending on the destination, one may cross into foreign time zones. Here, the doctor should advice on whether to use the new time zones, or stick to the local ones.

Medical insurance is a necessity regardless of the destination country. Usually, older people are more vulnerable to health problems than young people. Medical insurance takes care of any medical expenses in the country of origin. This insurance might not cover such expenses in a foreign country except if the service provider is also available in that country. It is advisable for older people to purchase a temporary medical insurance plan in a foreign country, depending on the length of stay. Such an arrangement will cover any medical expenses, especially for those with prevailing medical conditions.

Other than buying insurance, it is essential to have a plan to seek medical care in case of any medical problems away from home. One may not know the best facilities to get when visiting a foreign nation for the first time. For instance, you might consider consulting the UK embassy for a referral. You may also consult any family members or friends living in the same country. There are also numerous sites on the internet, where patients review medical facilities of the place that they have to visit. This can also be a valuable source of information.

Older people are more vulnerable to pickpockets and thieves in the course of their tours. They must keep their passports and other valuables safe. They should avoid wearing expensive jewels on obvious display which would attract thieves. Other valuables such as cash, credit cards and traveller’s cheques should be kept safe to avoid the miseries associated with their loss, especially the passport. In case of any problems, one should seek help from the UK embassy, the airline or the travel agency.

Irrespective of age, travellers should avoid alcohol while on a plane. Alcohol dehydrates the body causing confusion and minor medical issues especially in older people. If the trip is long, it is advisable to avoid maintaining the same position for a long period. This can cause blood clots and other related problems. Walking about the plane or train reduces such problems. Older people should take enough rest in between trips and other activities during the trip.

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Reclaiming Mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance Could Be Worth It http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/reclaiming-mis-sold-payment-protection-insurance-could-be-worth-it http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/reclaiming-mis-sold-payment-protection-insurance-could-be-worth-it#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:46:29 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=177 shutterstock_72368845.downloadYes, you’ve heard of a lot of people saying that making PPI claims was just as excruciating as finding out they were cheated by their banks by having mis-sold it to them. The feedback about how the process goes just spread around like poison and you’re probably thinking if you could still be even bothered to do it yourself even though you knew for a fact that there were some “tricks” involved when you signed up to the policy.

If you come to think of it, why would something as systematic as making a PPI claim, as the High Court has ruled, would be too much trouble?

Evidence matters. If you have heard of people saying there’s just too much paperwork needed and it takes up too much of your time you need to think it over. Don’t let it stop you from making a claim. The only paperwork you need would be those that have reference to Payment Protection Insurance that came alongside your loan or credit card. Irrelevant papers will just make the process confusing for both you and the bank. So be sure to attach documents that are related to what you are making a claim for. And be sure that you’ve got them all together. A little bit of organisation to get things started will ease the trouble.

What you tell your bank is just as important. Because you may need to put it in writing instead of merely storming in to the banks to talk to the manager, make a claim, and rant your anger about how you felt cheated on the insurance you never have use for, it will be a lot less trouble if you stay being objective. Clearly state what you are writing them for and the reasons the policy was mis-sold to you as how you recall it. Too much anger in the letter could also lead to you going away from your point. Two things – state that you wish to make a PPI claim and tell them why you believe it was mis-sold. Here’s a little reference to the possible reasons you were wrongly signed up to the policy:

• You were under the age of 18 or over 65 when it was offered to you, making you ineligible to even buy the policy.
• You were unemployed, working on a temporary contract or a student at the time, thus limiting you to get the policy’s benefits.
• You had a pre-existing medical condition which does not make you eligible for cover.
• You were not told of your options not to take the product or that it is available at a more reasonable price somewhere else.
• You were made to believe it was a compulsory product and that it determines the approval of your application for credit.
• Your need of the product and its suitability to your current situation was not established.

Anything less or more than what you’re supposed to write your bank about is just going to give you a hassle so, stick to the facts.

Waiting for the PPI claim to be resolved is another story. There’s no need to rush into things. After all, the High Court already ruled on this that a general turnaround time should be followed when the case is reviewed. It isn’t like they’re going to be able to refer to all the information they need to weigh how valid your PPI claim was in 48 hours so, your patience could very well be the best thing that you can hold on to at this point. Wait for about 6 or 8 weeks and the bank will contact you about their decision. Again, it will only take longer if there is not enough evidence, or the case is too complicated to be resolved in the ideal timescales.

Your bank’s rejection of your claim and their deliberate failure to communicate with you may be really worrisome because it means you’ll have to follow-up. But, since there’s an independent body that takes charge of this non-compliance, you could just lodge a formal complaint against your bank and let the Financial Ombudsman Service take over. They will review the case once again for you and focus on why the bank gave you such decision or the reason for their failure to communicate with you after the waiting time.
The things you need to go through to make a claim proves to be not as troublesome as how you’ve heard it from the others. It’s a matter of organising your paperwork for evidence, letting your bank know what happened and what you wish to happen to resolve it, waiting for the result, and possibly lodging a complaint. Don’t be taken aback by how people say it would be too much trouble to go through such and just leave your money in there.

Remember that if you have not felt protected at all when you were offered Payment Protection Insurance, and you felt you were even put to more risk of being broke because the charges were so high, you can make a claim to get your money back. Yes, the cost of having a policy to cover your repayments for your debt in times of sickness, accident, or unemployment is just too high, and the information you were given about it was just too dodgy. But, it’s in your hands now to initiate something that will make things right, and better.

Making a PPI claim may not be as easy as flipping burgers on a pan but the reward you get out of it is surely worth it.

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3 Ways To Relieve Painful Symptoms Of Genital Herpes http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/3-ways-to-relieve-painful-symptoms-of-genital-herpes http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/3-ways-to-relieve-painful-symptoms-of-genital-herpes#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:53:58 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=171 wpid-1298585406_sexualhealth.jpg

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus and spread through intimate contact. Genital herpes is characterised by painful sores, which develop in the genital areas. They are usually similar in appearance to blisters and they burst, leaving open sores.

Genital herpes is a chronic (long-term) condition, which tends to flare up from time to time. This is because the herpes simplex virus does not leave the body, it merely lies dormant. Those who have genital herpes may suffer from recurrent infections and the symptoms may differ from the primary infection. More information regarding genital herpes can be found here.

Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Aside from the painful blisters around the genital area, genital herpes can also cause additional symptoms, including:

  • A high temperature
  • General unwell feeling
  • Sores in the rectum or cervix in women
  • Pain when urinating
  • Unusual vaginal discharge.

Symptoms of a recurrent infection (when the patient has already been infected and suffered symptoms before) include:

  • A burning sensation around the genitals
  • Painful blisters on the genitals, thighs and the rectum and on the cervix in women.

3 Ways to Relieve the Symptoms of Genital Herpes

There is no cure for genital herpes, but there are treatments that can help to ease symptoms and relieve pain caused by recurrent infections; these include:

  1. Keeping the affected area clean: hygiene is important at the best of times, but it is particularly important when you have genital herpes. Try to keep the affected area as clean as possible by using a cloth to dab warm water or salt water on the blisters. This may be painful but it will help to prevent sores from getting infected and the skin on the legs from sticking together when you walk.
  1. Apply ice to the blisters: applying ice is an effective pain relief method and it also helps to ease the burning sensation, which is commonly experienced by those who have a recurrent infection. Place an ice pack inside a cloth and hold the cloth on the blisters. Do not place ice directly on the skin, as this can cause damage to it. It is also a good idea to avoid wearing tight clothing, so that your clothes do not stick to the blisters and it is not painful when you put your clothes on or take them off.
  1. Apply petroleum jelly: applying petroleum jelly to the blisters helps to relieve pain and soreness when you put on your clothing and when you urinate. It is also really important to drink plenty of water to jeep you hydrated and to dilute your urine. This will reduce pain and discomfort when you go to the toilet.

These self-help methods are generally recommended for patients with a recurrent infection. Primary infections are usually treated with a course of anti-viral medication (usually acyclovir). However, they can also be beneficial for patients who have symptoms for the first time as a means of reducing pain. If you have an active infection, it is important to avoid sexual or intimate contact with others, as this will cause the infection to be spread.

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Bumps and lumps http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/bumps-and-lumps http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/bumps-and-lumps#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:59:35 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=167 3982073_blog(2)Herpes is an infection caused the herpes simplex virus; this virus is responsible for cold sores, which tend to develop in the corner of the mouth, and genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection, which causes small sores to develop in the genital areas.

What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a viral infection, which is classed as a sexually transmitted infection because it can be spread through sexual contact. Genital herpes is a chronic (long-term) condition; treatment does not banish the virus completely and the virus lies dormant in the body. Most people who have genital herpes experience bouts of symptoms now and again, which occur when the virus is active.

Symptoms of genital herpes

The most obvious symptom of genital herpes is a rash made up of small, red blisters, which develops in the genital area. The blisters tend to be very sore and they can also be located around the thighs and the bottom; they can also form in the rectum.

Additional symptoms of genital herpes include a high temperature, aches and pains, generally feeling ill, pain during urination and abnormal vaginal discharge.

In most cases, symptoms tend to last for around 15-21 days, but as the virus remains in the body, they may flare up from time to time. Symptoms of a recurrent infection include itching and burning around the genitals, blisters and sores on the cervix (in females) and painful sores in the genital area.

How is genital herpes treated?

If you have genital herpes symptoms for the first time (this is known as a primary infection) you can visit your GP or a sexual health clinic. If you have recurrent symptoms, you may be referred to a herpes specialist London. Treatment for primary infections usually involves taking antiviral tablets; the most common medicine used is acyclovir. If you have recurrent infections you may be advised to have suppressive treatment, which is designed to prevent flare-ups; this treatment involves taking antiviral medication on a daily basis.

Preventing genital herpes

The only way to prevent genital herpes is to have safe sex; this means using condoms during sexual contact. Other methods of contraception, such as the pill and the contraceptive implant do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. If you have active symptoms of genital herpes, you should avoid sexual contact with other people.

 

 

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PPI Reforms Benefit Consumers http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/ppi-reforms-benefit-consumers http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/ppi-reforms-benefit-consumers#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 14:24:15 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=163 PPI news is showing major reforms happening in the industry. The long years of mis-selling payment protection insurance to people who did not need it are now over. PPI news has recently focused on efforts of banks and insurers to take corrective actions despite the huge amount of time and money needed to refund their mis-sold PPI. Before, PPI news hardly made it to headlines. Now, the nation is more aware than ever about PPI. PPI news has not only forced responsible lending into the industry, they have also empowered more people by making them aware of their right to affordable and comprehensive payment protection insurance. Recent PPI news are sending shock wave across the insurance and banking industries as more people become more informed about the deceptive methods used to force them to pay useless payment protection insurance.

PPI news now continue to unravel the defects in the current financial industry. Now, the focus is shifting on the process of giving PPI refunds to millions of policy holders. Recent PPI news highlight the failure of some banks to respond to consumers who do not know what exactly they are reclaiming and its effect on their creditworthiness in the long run. PPI news is very lucrative also raising awareness on misleading tactics being used by lenders and insurers to forestall refunds.

PPI news is putting more predatory companies under scrutiny. Some agencies are tricking policy holders who do not know how to claim their refund. Thanks to PPI news, people are getting more aware of the options available to them. Stories of people losing a large percentage of their refund to agencies are prompting claims management companies to offer more competitive fees and clear disclaimers to help their clients make an informed choice.

PPI news is making the public more aware of their rights. People have never been this interested in computing their bills to check how much PPI premiums they paid. More and more retirees, self-employed people, students and members of the civil service are asking their credit card issuers about their payment protection insurance. PPI news headlines foretell the big losses looming as banks face more pressure from consumer groups and regulators to honour their liability. PPI news has successfully prompted banks to be more transparent when offering payment protection insurance.

The bigger challenge ahead is exercising the right to get a refund. PPI news about large banks announcing their willingness to abide by court ruling and government regulations is just one side of the whole picture. The time lag in processing refunds and the rejection rates are quite frustrating. Nonetheless, the government made a milestone achievement by stopping the mis-selling of PPI and forcing sellers to return the premiums to the victims. Depressing PPI news about people who have been denied benefits after years of paying premiums strike a chord with the general public, regulators and consumer bodies, so efforts are being made to expedite the refund process. Millions of people are believed to be eligible to get a refund, and the current system of processing claim requests has much room for improvements.

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Get Help If You Are Suffering From Impotence http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/get-help-if-you-are-suffering-from-impotence http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/get-help-if-you-are-suffering-from-impotence#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:26:53 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=155 Both men and women may suffer from impotence at some point in their lives. For men it may take the form of an inability to have an erection or sustain one, or to be able to ejaculate. Women may experience a lack of libido/sex drive, declining interest in sex or pain during sex. At any point a man or woman may be unable to achieve orgasm. These are all symptoms of impotence.

Impotence may cause anxiety about sex, lack of self-esteem and much frustration to oneself and another that you are sexually involved with. Getting help for impotence is the start to identifying the cause of impotence and treatment for a healthier sex life.

Steps to getting help for impotence

There are four basic steps to getting help for impotence that include:

  • Acknowledging that you are suffering from impotence
  • Talk with a professional, such as a General Practitioner (GP), about impotence
  • Be willing to have assessment or evaluation to identify the cause of impotence
  • Engage in treatment options for impotence to improve sexual experience

Acknowledge the problem

The hardest part for some people is acknowledging that they are suffering from impotence. An inability to perform sexually may lower self-esteem and cause relationship conflicts. By accepting that help is needed, you may move a step closer to peace of mind and better sexual health.

Talk with a professional

Health professionals listen with empathy, maintain confidentiality and make referrals for assessment to identify the cause of impotence.

Identify the cause of impotence

The causes of impotence vary and may be physical, psychological or both. By being professional assessed by a health practitioner who specialises in impotence may the cause of impotence be identified for proper treatment.

Engage in treatment options

Once the cause of impotence is identified, the right treatment may be provided for greater sexual satisfaction. There are choices in treatments that include counselling, medication and devices.

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Cosmetic nose surgery http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/cosmetic-nose-surgery http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/cosmetic-nose-surgery#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:59:05 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=118 Cosmetic nose surgery is an art and science that many people wish to have performed on them. Some might dispute the art portion of the previous statement but it is actually a vital component of the operation. If the surgeon performing either the open or closed technique does not have the proper artistic talents when sculpting a new nose for the patient then the possibility of revision surgeries becomes a much higher probability.

The actual surgery itself takes place with one of two techniques. The first is the closed procedure wherein the plastic surgeon will work within the nose itself without cutting the external skin. This technique leaves few if any visible scars and is the least invasive of the two types. However, for radical reconstruction, or augmentation the open procedure must be used. This procedure includes cutting the columnella, the small piece of skin between the nostrils, and lifting the skin of the nose up gently so that the doctor can perform at their best. Both procedures include the use of either a local or general anesthetic due to the highly sensitive nature of the nose.

Recovery time for rhinoplasty varies a little depending upon the nature of the surgery involved. Usually if no complications arise the procedure is completely recovered from within two weeks to a month. The most likely negative side effects are swelling, initial trouble breathing, ruptured capillaries that leave red blotches for a time, and in poorly kept environments used by black market doctors the risk of infection exists. Another unfortunate face of cosmetic nose surgery is that if the result isn’t what the patient wanted they will have to undergo another procedure to correct the issue.

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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Might Help Get That Promotion http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/cosmetic-plastic-surgery-might-help-get-that-promotion http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/cosmetic-plastic-surgery-might-help-get-that-promotion#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 04:56:01 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=113 This is true that cosmetic plastic surgery can help in getting a promotion of your job. How can this be possible? Have a look at your office environment. Isn’t it that people younger than you are progressing quickly than you and they are given more opportunities? Sadly, it is normal to think that younger people can do a lot better than older people. They work fast, and their enthusiasm level is very high, they are active and energetic; so most of the jobs and opportunities go into the favor of youthful people.

As employers decide on the basis of appearance, younger looks and perceptible smartness though this has nothing to do with the performance of employee, therefore, many people take help of cosmetic plastic surgery to look young and smart in order to save their jobs. A simple face-lift or hair transplant can open up many new doors towards progress for them. The amount for the surgery can be paid by an immediate payday loan.

There have been many advances in the field of health, because of which cosmetic plastic surgery is a safe technique which is trusted and does not have any side effects. As you know every medication has some limits which you do not have to cross, otherwise it can result in to a severe failure. You have to be careful after you have gone through this cure. You have to rest for a long time to let it heal and recover properly.

Therefore, if you want to take all the benefits and opportunities of your job, just take a step forward towards cosmetic plastic surgery. Look young and energetic to drag all the achievements and prospects towards you and let people think that nobody can do the job better than you.

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What is involved in the herpes treatment process? http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/what-is-involved-in-the-herpes-treatment-process http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/what-is-involved-in-the-herpes-treatment-process#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 13:18:21 +0000 http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/?p=99 Herpes simplex is a form of virus, which can affect certain areas of the body, including the mouth, eyes and the genital areas. Herpes is spread through contact with affected individuals; as genital herpes is spread through sexual contact, it is classified as a sexually transmitted infection.

Herpes simplex is a very common virus, which affects a large proportion of the population; many people have the virus without knowing it because they do not experience symptoms. Genital herpes usually causes sores to develop in the genital areas and once you have the virus, it is common to experience episodes of symptoms, although they are usually sporadic and tend to become rarer as time goes by.

Treating herpes

Genital warts is a long-term condition, which cannot be cured but there are treatments available to ease symptoms; symptoms tend to become apparent when the virus is triggered after laying dormant in the body and nobody really understands what causes the virus to become active. If you have symptoms for the first time, treatment usually involves taking a form of medicine called acyclovir; the course is usually around 5 days long. If you have recurrent infections on a regular basis (at least six times per year) you may be advised to take acyclovir on a long-term basis. In some cases, when symptoms are very mild, no treatment may be required, but it is avoidable to avoid sexual contact while you have sores to prevent spreading the infection.

The herpes simplex virus can also affect the mouth; the sores that develop around the corners of the mouth are commonly known as cold sores. Cold sores can be treated with over the counter topical anti-viral medication, but most sores heal within 7 days without any treatment. Anti-viral creams, which are available from pharmacies without prescription, contain either acyclovir or penciclovir. It is important to apply the cream as soon as the symptoms of a cold sore start to develop, as the creams are only effective at this stage when the virus is still spreading.

Self-help

In mild cases, there may be no need for treatment, but there are things you can do to help ease symptoms, including taking over the counter painkillers (such as paracetamol), applying Vaseline to the sores, drinking plenty of fluids and adopting good hygiene; while you have symptoms it is advisable to avoid sharing towels and bed linen and having sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

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