Sex Glossary: H

Hepatitis B: Sexually transmitted disease; not curable but a vaccine exists.

herpes: Sexually transmitted disease; extremely contagious and can be spread through intimate contact (kissing, etc.) as well as sexual intercourse; not curable.

heterosexuality: When men or women are sexually attracted only to others of the opposite sex from themselves.

homosexuality: When men or women are sexually attracted only to others of the same sex as themselves.

hormone replacement therapy; HRT: Medical treatment for menopause in which estrogen (which is no longer produced by the body) is prescribed to alleviate symptoms; studies vary on safety of HRT.

hot flash: A sudden feeling of heat that takes over the entire body, common during menopause and perimenopause.

human immunodeficiency virus; HIV: Sexually transmitted virus that is linked to autoimmune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

hysterectomy: The surgical removal of the uterus; results in sterilization but usually done to correct a medical problem.

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