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Misconceptions about Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Statistics show that two million people will be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the United States this year. And South Carolina has the third highest number of cases of all 50 states.

In this WLTX interview, Dr. Samantha Morton, OB/GYN at Carolina Women’s Physicians, talks about some common misconceptions related to STDs – and separates fact from fiction.

According to Dr. Morton, one of the reasons there is a high number of sexually transmitted diseases may be because the use of condoms has decreased. Secondly, she says many STDs such as chlamydia can be asymptomatic for years – someone could have them and be transferring them to sexual partners without knowing. It’s also important to point out that the birth control pill will not protect patients from STDs. And, the HPV vaccine – designed to decrease the risk of cervical cancer – will not protect someone from contracting other STDs. Many times, STDs can be treated with antibiotics – but patients can still contract them again.

If you have questions about STDs, speak with your doctor.

For more information on Carolina Women’s Physicians, click here.

Five Things to Know About the Zika Virus

The Zika Virus has become a major concern for the the World Health Organization. The mosquito-borne illness may be linked to birth defects including microcephaly in newborns. Dr. Samantha Morton of Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, was a guest on WLTX to talk about what moms-to-be in South Carolina need to know about this virus.


Here are some notes from Dr. Morton’s interview:

1. The Zika Virus is transmitted by a mosquito that has previously bitten someone who has the virus.

2. While the mosquito that can carry the Zika Virus is in South Carolina, no patients have been diagnosed with the Zika Virus from a mosquito that has bitten them in the United States.

3. There is some evidence that the Zika Virus may be responsible for causing some birth defects including microcephaly. Microcephaly is a condition where a baby’s brain does not grow properly during pregnancy. But so far, there is no definitive link.

4. The only people who need to be concerned right now are individuals who have traveled to areas that are endemic for the Zika Virus, including South America, Central America and Mexico. for this particular virus. If you have symptoms, talk to your health care provider.

5. Pregnant women should avoid travel to the countries where cases have been diagnosed.

For more information about the Zika Virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.