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STDs & Pregnancy: Risks & Treatment

October marks two special designations for expectant mothers: Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month and the Campaign for Healthier Babies Month.

To promote education about these important topics, ARCpoint Labs is sharing how having STDs during pregnancy can affect a child’s health.

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How Soon Should I Get an STD Test After Unprotected Sex?

Since having unprotected sex is an STD risk factor, it’s important that you pursue STD testing after you’ve done the deed.

This doesn’t mean you should beeline to the lab the morning after, though. There are many factors that affect the STD testing window including:

  • How the STD test works – is it identifying the STD-causing pathogen or your immune system’s response to it?
  • What STD test you use -  certain tests detect STDs more quickly
  • How healthy your immune system is - whether you’ve been exposed to an STD previously, in particular
  • The incubation period for the STD in question
  • How the disease works – whether the STD is viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic

Here are our guidelines on STD test detection windows.

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Can a Shot Protect Your Sexual Health? Here’s the Scoop on STD Vaccines

Abstinence. Condoms. STD testing.

All of these are tried and true ways to lower STD rates. And soon, new STD vaccines will make an appearance on this list.

Here’s what you need to know about the immunizations that can protect you from STDs.

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Top STD Myths Debunked

STDs are a taboo subject for a lot of people. Many people do not feel comfortable discussing this subject with their partners or children, which leads not only to a proliferation of misinformation, but of STDs themselves.

The best way to protect yourself from STDs is to get the facts and bust the myths. ARCpoint Labs is here to help you do just that.

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What STDs Are Spread Through Blood?

You probably already know that STDs are transmitted through sexual contact. But did you know that some STDs can be transmitted through contact with blood?

Join ARCpoint Labs today as we share important information about bloodborne viruses (BBVs). We’ll also look at ways that you can protect yourself.

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New STD Screening Recommendations for Women

Women, you may be familiar with the commonly-accepted STD screening recommendations. Well, get ready to learn some new guidelines — if the changes proposed by a recent federal task force are approved, soon women may be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea more than in the past.

Although no decisions have been finalized, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force seems poised to move their new recommendations forward to America’s physicians. Read more about the Force’s recent draft of STD screening recommendations below.

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Men & Women: Do You Know When to Get STD Testing?

We’ve declared March the time to focus on cleaning up your body and taking control of your health. This not only includes eating healthier, exercising more, and cluing yourself in to your health risk factors, but also monitoring your sexual health.

Sure, you may know why it’s important to get tested for STDs, but do you know when you should get STD testing? We’re sharing the details below.

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STDs & Pregnancy: How Your Sexual Health Affects Your Baby

When you’re pregnant, it’s important more than ever to take good care of your body. You’re providing the environment for your baby to develop, and it’s your responsibility to eat well, drink lots of water, abstain from drugs and alcohol, arm yourself against infections, and follow appropriate dietary restrictions.

One aspect of pregnant womens’ health that can sometimes get overlooked, however, is their sexual health. Pregnant women can get STDs or experience an inflammation of a previous STD, and the results can be life-threatening for both the pregnant mother and her child.

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Student Health & Safe Sex: Why College Students Need STD Testing

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re focusing on healthy relationships this month, starting with college students. Although Trojan’s 2013 report card reveals that some colleges are excelling in terms of sexual health, overall STDs are still on the rise among college-aged adults.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that gonorrhea and chlamydia rates are highest among 15 and 24-year olds, at 58% and 69% respectively. Overall, gonorrhea cases have risen 4.1% since 2011, and chlamydia 0.7% since 2011.

If these rates aren’t alarming enough, consider that they only include self-reported cases — meaning that thousands of STD infections could be slipping through the cracks. With serious long-term consequences at stake — including infertility, higher risk of HIV, and even death — it’s key that college-aged adults understand the importance of STD testing.

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STD Rates on the Rise Among Senior Citizens

STDs are often thought of as a problem for younger generations to deal with. After all, isn’t most unsafe sex practiced by young adults? Surely, older generations are more aware of the dangers of STDs and how to protect themselves from the spread of infectious sexual diseases.

It seems these assumptions aren’t true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STD rates among senior citizens are on the rise. In fact, their STD rates have increased enough to tie young adults aged 20 – 24 for the largest increase in STDs over 4 years. As senior citizens are living longer, healthier lives, their sexual activity has increased, leading to a rise in STD rates.

Are you a sexually active senior citizen? In addition to hepatitis C, there are a number of STDs your generation is spreading. Educate yourself on STD rates among your age group and learn how you can stop the spread.

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