Walk, Run, and Bike to Support the AIDS Walk & Music Festival 2021

The disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic have made the fight against HIV and AIDS even more important, and heightened the need for awareness of the importance of HIV testing and treatment. As the nation prepares to mark 40 years of HIV in America this summer, Chase Brexton Health Care will host its AIDS Walk & Music Festival to support local HIV and AIDS programs. This year, to help participants remain safe, the event will take on a virtual form. We asked Clare Elliott, Assistant Director of Development for Chase Brexton Health Care, to share some details about this year’s event, […]

Covid: New strains and meeting without masks

Dear Dr. Eva, From what I’ve read, none of the really dangerous new strains of Covid has made it to the United States.  Do we need to be concerned about the new strains at this point? Skeptic Dear Skeptic, We should be concerned about mutant new strains of Covid. Many new strains are being found. Some are about as dangerous as the original virus, some are more contagious, and some are more deadly. The B.1.1.7 strain,  also called the UK or London or Kent strain, is now the dominant (main) strain of Covid in some states in the US, and […]

Blah Days And Anniversaries

Photo credit: Adrian Swancar, unsplash.com) It has been many months of indistinguishable days, warped time concept, fatigue, losses in many ways, and just getting through what we have to do, again and again. In a very thoughtful and informative article, Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, uses the term “languishing” for this state of the world:(https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html).  Whatever you may call it, we all have to recognize that none of us, in this universe, is immune to the pandemic and its effects. The question then becomes, how do we deal with this in our relationships, friendships and even more so, within ourselves? […]

Puzzling Vaginal Discharge

Dear Dr. Eva, I have not had anything in my vagina bigger than a finger since I was 20, and I’m 50 now. Obviously, I don’t want to go through a pelvic exam as they are extremely painful for me. I am having problems with vaginal discharge. I assumed it was yeast since I only have sex with women, and very rarely at that, so I wouldn’t have a sexually transmitted disease. Is there a way to find out what it is and get it taken care of without having a speculum exam? AJ   Dear AJ, First, keep in […]

Conflicts With The Loved One

It has been a long year of isolation, fear, anxiety, loneliness, loss and restrictions. Not that we could not find some green shoots, some positive aspects with what life brought us. But overall, the consequences of a long period of dealing with a pandemic is showing up in our behaviors and moods. There is a huge increase in demand for mental health resources with predictions of future cardiological issues in the population. In addition to those health concerns, we have also had to deal with a fiercely divided and polarized community. This is where relationships have taken a major hit. […]

What’s wrong with dietary supplements for male sexual enhancement?

Beginning March 24, 2021, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) began to issue a series of recall notices for “nutritional supplements for male sexual enhancement.” As of April 5, recalls have been published for 14 different brands. The brands recalled so far are listed in the box below. It is very likely that more, similar products will be recalled in the days ahead. All of these products are advertised as “natural.” According to their labels, many contain imaginary ingredients like “horny goat weed.” All the recalled products contain undeclared ingredients including one or more of three prescription medications: the erection medicines […]

COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Growing Need for Behavioral Health Services

The physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is measured in new cases and medical outcomes, but hidden costs of the pandemic are often borne by those who may never contract the virus. The stresses of the pandemic and the restricted lives most Americans face have caused a surge in the demand for behavioral health services. This need comes not just from those already in care who find themselves cut off from their traditional appointments and groups, but also from individuals who might never before have needed behavioral health assistance. Dr. Stephanie Saunders, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Health for Chase Brexton […]

COVID Testing and Long COVID

Dear Dr. Eva, I was sick for 3 weeks. It seemed like COVID. I had a bad cough, was short of breath, was totally exhausted and my sense of taste and smell were less than normal (but didn’t disappear completely). I had five COVID tests and they all came up negative. My doctor says she thinks I probably did have COVID. Is it possible to have COVID and keep testing negative for it? Been Pretty Sick   Dear BPS, Testing for COVID is very finicky and time-sensitive. There are three main kinds of COVID tests: antigen tests, DNA tests, and […]

New COVID-19 Variants

What are the new strains of COVID-19? New strains, known as variants, of COVID-19 virus seem to be springing up everywhere. Information about variants is increasing and changing every day. The information in this column is based on the best available research at the time it was written (March 9). One of first variants detected was the Kent, or London, variant, now named B.1.1. (The letter/number names are based on the location of mutations in the virus.) This variant is extremely contagious but does not seem to be more deadly than the original COVID-19. There is a Brazilian variant, called […]

Fear and Courage in Dating

Winston Churchill is known for his witty and pithy comments. One that recently struck me is the following: “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” In the past year, we have all had to deal with a certain amount of fear, fear that we may get infected, or someone we care about may, and illness and death have been all around us. Some of us lost loved ones, friends, or neighbors, and dealt with all the grief those bring. With the pandemic, a separate layer of issues has permeated the dating scene. How do you meet people? Online? Then […]