April 01, 2010 19:31 ET

EmpowHER Offers FREE Resources for Women About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) -, a health media company for women, is offering free resources to women who are interested in learning more about all types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These resources are being offered in support of STD Awareness Month, which occurs every year in April.

STDs are caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses that are contracted from engaging in sexual activity with someone who is infected. Although most STDs affect both men and women, they can cause more severe health problems in women. And a pregnant woman with an STD faces the possibility of having the disease affect her unborn baby.

According to the American Social Health Association, one in five people in the United States has an STD (also known as a sexually transmitted infection, or STI). In addition, at least one in four Americans will contract an STD at some point in their lives.

"STDs are more common than many people realize," states Michelle King Robson, EmpowHER's Founder and Chairman. "For women who are battling STDs, we have produced some extremely helpful information and checklists that will help them to properly advocate for their health while receiving treatment."

"Knowledge is power when it comes to preventing STDs," said Irwin Goldstein, M.D., medical director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital and EmpowHER Medical Advisory Board Member. "Men and women, especially young women, who are just learning about their sexuality, need to educate themselves about STDs -- their symptoms and risks -- with information that can keep them safe and healthy. Many STDs, such as herpes, can suggest linkages to other infections including HIV, making this issue of awareness and education an important one," added Dr. Goldstein.

Most of EmpowHER's resources on STDs can be accessed through a special resource page that has recently been developed.

Access EmpowHER's STD Resource Page

To access EmpowHER's STD content directly, please select from the titles below:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- Who is More At Risk? Teens or Adults Over 50?

The Role of Gene Therapy in HIV Treatment



Genital Herpes

Reducing Your Risk of Genital Herpes


FAQs About Pregnancy and STDs

About EmpowHER
EmpowHER is a health media company for women. The Company's website,, provides women with access to condition-specific health information, world-class medical resources, and a dynamic community of experts and advocates committed to their well-being. Millions of women visit every year, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing resources dedicated exclusively to women's health and wellness. For more information, visit

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