Get on the Path to A Healthier You If you quit smoking right now... Within 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.1 Within 12 hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.2 Within 3 months: Your circulation and lung function improves.3 Within 9 months: You will cough less and breathe easier.4 After 1 year: Your risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.5 After 5 years: Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Your risk of cervical cancer and stroke return to normal after 5 years.6 After 10 years: You are half as likely to die from lung cancer. Your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases.7 After 15 years: Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.8 Sources Effect of smoking on arterial stiffness and pulse pressure amplification, Mahmud A, Feely J. Hypertension. 2003:41:183 US Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202 US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp.193, 194,196, 285, 323 US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304 US Surgeon General’s Report, 2010, p. 359 A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease – The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease Fact Sheet, 2010; and Tobacco Control: Reversal of Risk After Quitting Smoking. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 11. 2007, p 341 A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease – The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease Fact Sheet, 2010; and US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. vi, 155, 165 Tobacco Control: Reversal of Risk After Quitting Smoking. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 11. 2007. p 11

February 10, 2015

Begin the Path to a Healthier You by Living Tobacco-Free

Written by Alex Edlin, University Health Service PAWS Peer Health Educator Making the decision to quit smoking can help put you on the path of a much healthier lifestyle. In as little as 20 minutes, you can already begin to feel the positive affects of not using tobacco! Within 1 year, your risk of coronary […]

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February 5, 2015

THE BIG “O”

Five Facts About Female Orgasm Written by Simone Curd, University of Kentucky Sexpert 1. Thirty percent of women have trouble reaching orgasm. According to Planned Parenthood statistics, less than one third of women regularly experience orgasm during sex. 2. Nearly 80 percent of women have difficulty reaching orgasm from just vaginal intercourse. Adequate foreplay can […]

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January 27, 2015

What is Sexual Consent?

Know yourself, know your boundaries, know what makes you happy, and communicate those things with your partner! Written by Liz Carr, University of Kentucky Sexpert What is sexual consent? The word “consent” means agreeing or giving permission for something to happen. Sexual consent is so important! It’s a key to great sex, and good partner […]

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January 22, 2015

Demystifying the Pap Test: Q&A with a UK Sexpert

Pap Tests:  What, Why, and When. Written by Simone Curd, University of Kentucky Sexpert Q: What’s the difference between a Pap test and an Annual Well Woman Exam? A: An Annual Well Woman Exam is recommended for all women starting at age 18 or when they become sexually active.  This exam includes a brief general […]

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January 14, 2015

Welcome back students! (and germs)

We are getting a wave of students on the phone and in the clinic with flu symptoms.  As you settle back in after winter break, stay healthy! There is a particularly tricky strain of the flu going around this year.  That is all the more reason to: Wash hands frequently Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers Disinfect […]

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Happy Open Enrollment!

January 6, 2015

Health Insurance Terms:  What do “Open Enrollment” and “Qualifying Event” mean?

Happy New Year!  This is a time for reflecting on the past year and to look forward to a new one, full of possibilities.  …and to enroll for health insurance… When it comes to health insurance, the term “open enrollment” refers to a time in the year when you can add, drop or otherwise make […]

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Thanks, Birth Control!

November 12, 2014

Bedsider.org: #ThxBirthControl

From bedsider.org: The availability of birth control has played a direct and powerful role in countless aspects of all of our lives. For all of these reasons and more, today is the day that we hope you will join The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Bedsider in saying, “Thanks, Birth Control.”   […]

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October 23, 2014

Ebola: To Panic, Or Not To Panic

Ebola is in the news a lot these days.  It seems like one news story tries to make us panic and the next tells us not to worry. Where is the truth?  And what do you need to know about the risk here on UK’s campus? Dr. Ann Hays, Clinical Chief of University Health Service, offers […]

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October 22, 2014

Flu Fighters 2014!

Getting the flu is miserable. Symptoms include having a fever over 100.4°, pronounced muscle aches, possible nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, pronounced cough and associated nasal congestion. Not only will you feel really sick, but missing a week of class can really put you behind on your assignments. Every fall, the University Health Service provides flu […]

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October 6, 2014

Free HIV Testing! No cost, Needle-free, Quick results!

The UK Sexperts along with AVOL (AIDS Volunteers of Lexington) are offering free HIV testing once a month in the Student Center. The test involves an oral swab – no needles! – and you get your results in 20 minutes! On October 8th, stop by room 117 in the Student Center between 11am and 2pm […]

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