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HIV and AIDS: causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment
Learning that you’re HIV positive can be devastating, but with proper treatment, you can live a long and healthy life. There are a number of drugs available to help you manage your health and infection status. In spite of that, there are some real health concerns that come with the diagnosis. Here’s everything you need…

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PrEP: what is it and how does it reduce HIV risk and infection?
Medicine has come a long way since acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first identified in the 1980s. But while AIDS is treatable, there’s still no cure for it. The best way to protect yourself from AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes it, is through prevention. In combination with safe sex and drug use practices,…

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COVID-19 safety tips as you plan for back-to-school
As summer winds down and the first day of school inches closer, parents and students are grappling with a huge question — what will the new school year actually look like? COVID-19 has upended daily life, especially in schools. As the new and more contagious delta variant ushers in a fourth wave in Canada, it…

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Six sexual issues that are more common than you think
Talking about sex is less taboo than it used to be, but that doesn’t make it a comfortable topic to discuss. Whatever your sex life looks like, you’re likely reluctant to share the details, even with your closest friends. Chances are though, that many of the things you consider weird about it are probably normal.…

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Four things to look out for on your next outdoor trip
As you rush to soak up the dog days of summer, it’s normal to want to pack in as much fun as possible, and outdoor excursions are high on everyone’s list. But without safeguards, an outdoor trip can turn sour quickly. Luckily, you can take proper precautions with just a little bit of planning. Here’s…

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The delta and lambda variants — what you need to know
Humans and viruses are both successful adaptors, adept at changing to suit their environment. So it’s no surprise that as vaccination rates rise, new COVID-19 variants are causing cases of the virus to surge. By now you’ve likely heard of the delta and lambda variants, but just how different are they to the original COVID-19…

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Six exercises to achieve better posture
With all the time we spend hunched over devices, we need to take some time each day to tune into our posture. Try these exercises to start.

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Five easy outdoor fitness activities to get your heart pumping
Gyms are open, but not everyone is enthusiastic about getting their sweat on indoors with others. Exercise is one of the best ways of keeping your heart healthy, so not doing it isn’t an option if you care about your health. Luckily, summer provides a golden opportunity to get your weekly 150 minutes outside. Exercise…

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Prioritizing self-care for your overall wellness
Self-care isn’t indulgent, and it doesn’t have to be decadent. In fact, small daily actions that are easy to maintain often do the most good. At its core, self-care is everything you do to promote and maintain your own health, without the help of a healthcare worker. This leaves a lot of room for options,…

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Mental health benefits for being in nature
If the warm weather has you fantasizing about ditching the city for fresh air and plenty of trees, you’re not alone. Humans have only lived in sprawling urban centres for a few hundred years, and it turns out that the concrete jungle isn’t the ideal environment. Greenery isn’t just a “nice to have,” it’s a…

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Five signs you may need speech therapy
If you or someone you love has ever experienced a speech or language disorder, you understand how challenging it can be. It becomes a hindrance to everyday life, preventing those affected from being able to share their thoughts easily or clearly. Thankfully, there is hope for people with speech and language disorders through speech therapy.…

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