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STD Risk-Reduction Counseling Does Not Reduce STD Rates

One part of an HIV tester’s job is to test people for HIV, but the other part is counseling patients in how to reduce their risky sexual behaviors. Yet, a recent report found that, contrary to popular belief, these one-off counseling sessions DO NOT bring HIV or STD rates down. Researchers found that STD and HIV rates were the same, regardless of being counseled or not, when people came back to get tested 6 months later. 

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