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Mosquitoes can't give you HIV and other myths busted

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Many people are afraid of HIV and for good reason. Wherever there is fear, there is also lots of room for misconceptions. Don't worry though: we are here to bust the myths and leave you confident about your HIV knowledge.

Bachelor party horror: How paid sex cost me Syphilis

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What is it like to get a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in a culture where sex itself is a taboo? Twenty-year-old Amit from Ranchi decided to lose his virginity to a sex worker. What happened thereafter made him almost suicidal...

Can I date an HIV+ person?

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Auntyji, I’ve been dating a girl. We get on really well and it’s almost reached that next level. But I have just found out that her ex was HIV+. I am terrified now. What if she is too? Can I really continue in this relationship? Samarth, 24 , Mumbai.

Uncomfortable down there: A quick low-down on everyday STIs

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Have you been itching? Literally itching, but haven't spoken to anyone because you are too shy. The good news is that most STIs are easily treated. Here are five most common STIs - their causes, symptoms and cures.

Zika: Five common myths busted

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Since October 2015, 69 countries have reported evidence of local Zika transmission. As the virus spreads swiftly, Love Matters busts some most common myths about it.

My fiancé wants me tested for HIV – should I agree?

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Auntyji, I am getting married. My fiancé has asked me to get tested for HIV. He says everyone should get it done before marriage. I am too shocked. Riya (23), Orrisa.

Zika: Top five facts

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Zika was recently confirmed as a sexually transmitted disease. However, very few people know what it actually is. These five facts will help clear your doubts about Zika.

Hacking humans

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A chicken with dinosaur legs … HIV cure on the horizon … CRISPR: gene editing made easy … Is sex-for-reproduction passé? … These news flashes and more in this week’s Sex in the Press.