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FREE HIV Test- Should I get tested?

What is HIV? HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system and can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) if it is not treated. Could I be at risk for HIV? When it comes to HIV, many people believe common stereotypes about who could be at risk for this serious illness. […]

Miscarriage Explained

What is a miscarriage? A miscarriage is the term for a pregnancy loss that occurs on its own, before 20 weeks gestation. Though some factors can increase a woman’s risk for miscarriage, it usually occurs due to chromosomal abnormalities. What if I am considering having an abortion? For many women, the decision on whether or […]

What if the father of my baby isn’t excited?

Your ideal situation for a pregnancy might sound something like this: “I feel ready, our parents are excited, and my partner and I are so in love – we can’t wait to meet this baby!”. Unfortunately, pregnancies don’t only occur in perfect circumstances. Maybe you just met your partner, or maybe you’re afraid to tell him you’re pregnant. […]

We Didn’t Go All The Way, But I’m Nervous I Could Be Pregnant

This is a question that comes up frequently and isn’t one to be embarrassed about. The advocates and nurses at The HOPE Center are a resource for people who have questions and need a trustworthy person to talk to about sexual health and well-being. So, Can You Get Pregnant Without Intercourse? Technically, yes. It is […]

Why a Positive At Home Pregnancy Test Isn’t Enough

If you’ve seen any number of TV Shows or movies that feature a pregnant character, you know this scenario all too well: A nervous woman paces and picks up a pregnancy test off the counter, reads the results and almost instantly experiences a life change. While being pregnant certainly is life changing, determining pregnancy in […]

3 Questions To Ask About Abortions

Are you pregnant, or think you might be? If so, your next step is to determine the choices you have for you and your baby, as well as how you should proceed. You have options, and abortion is one of those. To determine if an abortion is the right choice for you, first know the […]

2 Must-Know Facts about The Abortion Pill

Food and Drug Administration decided to relax prior guidelines regulating the abortion pill, also known as RU-486. The FDA regulations now allow women to take the abortion pill, which is actually a series of pills, up to 10 weeks into their pregnancy to induce a medical abortion in comparison to the previous 7-week deadline. While […]

Answers To Your Home Pregnancy Test Questions

If you have a suspicion that you may be pregnant, your knee-jerk reaction is likely to go to your local store and pick up a home pregnancy test. That’s a great place to start. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding an at home test: How soon can I take a pregnancy […]

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia – What Does That Even Mean?

  You’ve heard of the different types of STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, but symptoms for one STD may be confused for another or symptoms may not appear at all. With more than half of the population experiencing an STD in their lifetime and 1 in 5 women between the ages of 15-24 having […]

Am I Pregnant? Know the Signs

While you may be looking for the obvious signs of pregnancy, such as a missed period, there are other symptoms of early pregnancy you may have not considered. Women often jump to the conclusion that a missed period or morning sickness positively means pregnancy. However, alternative symptoms can indicate pregnancy before you experience morning sickness […]