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Fenway's location at 16 Haviland Street provides sexual health navigation and HIV/STI testing.

16 Haviland Street Offers Comprehensive Sexual Health Navigation, Testing

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Are you looking for a confidential, judgment-free zone to get tested and find answers to all your sexual health questions? Fenway Health’s location at 16 Haviland Street offers full sexual health navigation and HIV/STI testing five days a week! Walk-in HIV testing at 16 Haviland, including rapid testing, is available Mondays from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays. There is often little or no wait time, and patients are typically in and out in a half an hour. Why not use 
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The HPV Vaccine is recommended for everyone under age 26

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Here’s why the HPV vaccine is recommended for everyone under the age of 26: the vaccine protects against genital warts and several kinds of cancer. Read the Q+A below for answers to some common questions about human papillomavirus (HPV) and the vaccine. What is HPV? HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. Most people who are sexually active will contract it in their lifetimes. The virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin sexual contact, including anal, oral and vaginal sex. Everyone who has ever had intimate contact with another person is at risk, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Why 
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STD Awareness Month is in April and coincides with a spike in gonorrhea among Boston men who have sex with men.

STD Awareness Month: The Clap, An Annoyance Or A Menace

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Greetings from Fenway Health and The Fenway Institute. It seems like many social topics have awareness days, weeks or months. Some of these may seem trivial (for example, Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day was Friday April 12, 2013), while others remind us of our community’s histories of struggle and triumph, and the lessons we should not forget (e.g., Black History Month, World AIDS Day, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, etc.). April is STD awareness month. And while not as laden with as much pain and triumph as the events mentioned above, there is something timely about it. 
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Educate Yourself to Protect Yourself: April is STD Awareness Month

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In honor of STD awareness month, here is a 1960s Ad Council public service announcement about venereal disease (The “V.D.” that cheerful voice is singing about): [youtube]http://youtu.be/oSjKPXNAWsU[/youtube] Although how we understand and discuss sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has changed a lot 40+ years since this PSA was produced, it is important as ever that we stay educated and empowered about our sexual health. Each year, there are an estimated 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States.  Young people are especially impacted. Even though youth age 15–24 make up only 25% of sexually active Americans, they acquire 
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Women’s Health Team increases patient access to contraception

By | Fenway News, Women's Health | One Comment
2011 was full of ups and downs for women’s health—contraception in particular. Last year, we saw the Affordable Care Act ensure insurance coverage for vital preventive care for women, including contraception, without charge. We also saw intense political objection to this and other women’s health issues (Planned Parenthood, anyone?) which promise to lead to Supreme Court hearings that will be intensely followed by the Fenway Women’s Health Team. We hope that 2012 will bring huge victories in women’s health. To get things started here at home, Fenway is kicking the year off with increased access to contraception for our patients. 
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