Frequently Asked Questions


1. Do high protein, no carb diets really work to lose weight?
It is always a good idea to balance what you eat. Too much of one thing can be unhealthy for your body. Diets are very hard to stick to and usually not very healthy. The best idea is to measure the calories consumed and expended, and develop a diet to meet your life style.
2. What is a serving size?
As seen on food labels, serving sizes are based on what an average individual would consume in one sitting.
3. Is alcohol the most commonly used drug?
Yes, alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug in the U.S.
4. Why do they pump someone's stomach when they are brought in for alcohol poisoning?
They pump the stomach so they can remove any alcohol that is still in the stomach. This does not lower the blood alcohol content, but it does keep additional alcohol from being oxydized.
5. Can I get Herpes or other STD's from a towel or a toilet seat?
Most STD's are spread only through direct sexual contact with an infected person. However, pubic lice and scabies are associated with close body contact, not necessarily sexual contact. It is rare, but possible to become infected with pubic lice or scabies as a result of contact with infested clothes, sheets or towels.
6. If you have a STD, does it show in the results of a pap smear?
No, if you think you have an STD you need to inform the physician, and they will perform the necessary tests to detect an STD.
7. What is the difference between a diaphragm and a female condom?
A diaphragm is an object that resembles a cup, that is inserted into the vagina and rests over the cervix. The femal condom is similar to the male condom, however it is larger and is inserted into the vagina.
8. What is the most effective stress reliever?
Laughter is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. The scientific impact laughter has is called psychoeuroimmunology, which basically helps boost your immune system.
9. Why do I usually get sick when I am under stress?
If a stressful situation does not end, the alarm reaction continues and the body's ability to adjust diminishes. When this occurs the body uses excess energy, leading to exhaustion and in turn a reduction in immune system functioning.
10. How can I tell if I'm infected with HIV?
The only way to tell if you are infected with HIV is to be tested for the HIV infection. You can't rely on symptoms to know whether or not you are infected with HIV. Many people who are infected with HIV don't have any symptoms at all for many years.
11. If I'm HIV positive, where can I go for information about treatment?
The CDC National AIDS Hotline can offer practical information on maintaining health and general information about a wide variety of treatments, including antiretrovirals and prophylaxis for opportunisitic infections. The hotline number is 1-800-342-2437.
12. How many hours of sleep should a person get?
Most healthy adults need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep each night.