Childbirth techniques

Giving birth can be a straightforward hospital bed affair, or it can involve one of the more controversial methods. We consider your options.

Exercises after childbirth

Your baby has arrived and you feel rushed off your feet. But set aside some time each day to follow this gentle workout which will coax you back into shape.


For some men, the responsibilities that come with their first child can seem daunting, but given the chance, the rewards that fatherhood brings soon outweigh the fears.


Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world today, but until recently little was known about this devastating, silent scourge. We explain the causes, the effects – and the means of cure and prevention.


Hepatitis is a disease of the liver caused by poisons in the blood, such as excessive alcohol, as well as by the viruses Hepatitis A, B, C – and, more rarely, Hep D and E.

Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus, types 1 (HSV-1) and 2 (HSV-2). Both these strains can cause genital herpes, but HSV-2 is usually responsible. It’s the same virus responsible for cold sores and can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals through oral sex. The prevalence rate for those carrying genital herpes in the US and UK is approximately one in four to one in five. Only a proportion of these will be symptomatic at any one time, but once you’ve got it, it’s with you for life.


Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection spread through unprotected sex, including oral sex. Initial symptoms, appearing around two to ten days after exposure, include painful urination, a discharge of pus from the penis or heavier than usual vaginal discharge. However, for many people, there are no symptoms.

Treatment for HIV

Information on when an HIV+ person will be given treatment, the specific aims of HIV treatment – to raise the CD4 count and lower the viral load – and possible short and long-term side-effects of HIV treatment.

Symptoms of HIV infection

Information on the initial symptoms of HIV infection and the opportunistic illnesses which may take hold should HIV develop into category B HIV infection or full-blown AIDS.

Testing for HIV

Information on how the HIV tests work, how reliable the tests are, where you can go to be tested and whether you should be tested.