Baltimore Status Update


Each month, we’ll be featuring a Hot Topic related to sexual health here in Baltimore.

Hot Topic: I’ve Been Recently Diagnosed with HIV

Maintaining Good Health After HIV Diagnosis and Next Steps   How can I stay healthy? Get into medical care right away. You can locate providers throughout the city, state, and country by visiting: https://findhivcar...Read more

LGBTQ Self Care

20 Tips to Help You Feel A Little More OK What is Self-Care? Self-care are any actions you take to de-stress, unwind or cope with day to day stressors of life.  It is personal and unique for everyone who practices but t...Read more

What’s up with…Hepatitis A

What is Hepatitis A (HAV)? Hepatitis A infection is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) How is HAV infection spread? HAV spreads when a person ingests trace amounts of fecal matter from a person infec...Read more

What do I do after having unprotected sex?

It happens! Here’s what to do next: Worried about HIV? Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP): Antiretroviral medications prescribed for 28 days following possible exposure to HIV Must be started within 72 hours (3 days) ...Read more

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Oral Sex

What is oral sex? Oral sex involves using the mouth to stimulate the vagina, penis, or anus. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) can be spread through oral sex This includes: Chlamydia Gonorrhea Syphilis Herpes Human ...Read more

What’s up with…U=U

Undetectable=Untransmittable “People [living with HIV] who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-nega...Read more

What’s up with…Herpes

What is it? Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV1) is a virus that causes cold sores, but it can also be spread to genitalia via oral sex Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV2) causes genital herpes and is spread through sexual contact &nbs...Read more

Got Lube?

Personal lubricants are used to reduce the friction on your own moving “parts” to make sex and masturbation easier and more enjoyable. Personal lubricants can come in gel or liquid form. 3 Main Types of Personal Lubr...Read more

Get (PrEP)ared

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), also called Truvada, is a once-a-day pill that can lower the chances of HIV negative people being infected with HIV. Truvada is a combination of two drugs (emtriva and tenofovir) that are...Read more

Opioids: Same Epidemic, New Solutions

Opioids include illegal drugs such as heroin and legal pain relievers like morphine, codeine, oxycontin, and fentanyl. These legal pain relievers are often over-prescribed by doctors, causing many patients to become addi...Read more

Syphilis and Why It Still Matters

What is Syphilis? Syphilis is an infectious disease that travels in your blood and if not treated can attack your central nervous system causing blindness and other brain problems. Syphilis is caused by bacteria called t...Read more

Talking to Youth About STD Prevention

Do more than just have “The Talk” 1. Stay informed about: Where your teen is getting information What health messages your teen is learning What health messages are factual and medically accurate 2. Be relaxe...Read more

What is Zika?

What is Zika? Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus, which is spread by a mosquito bite from an Aedes mosquito. It can also be spread from person to person by having unprotected sex with someone who has Zika. It has exi...Read more

Mixed Status Relationships

What is a mixed status relationship? A “mixed-status” relationship is a sexual relationship in which one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative. This can be a couple in a long-term relationship...Read more

Think Before You Ink

 A Changing Perspective: Tattoos Aren’t Just For the Rebellious Anymore Tattoos are nothing new. The art of tattooing has been around since 3370 to 3100 BC. Tattooing has been used as a cultural symbol among triba...Read more

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

In 2016, 1,400 youth in Baltimore City were living in unstable living situations or on the streets without their parent/ guardian. Unfortunately, it is hard to estimate how many of these youth are LGBTQ due to a lack of ...Read more


The FC2 goes by many names, including the female condom, the receptive condom, or the internal condom. It was first approved in 1992 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration for vaginal contraceptive use. The FDA has not ...Read more