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Heading Back to College? 3 Things About STDs You Must Know 

With school back in session, there are some things you won’t learn in class.

One is how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted disease. Although there may be some mention of STDs, it’s not a subject that is talked about enough.

That’s why it’s very important to educate yourself about STDs so you can protect yourself and your sexual partners from getting diseases while attending college.

Here are three things you need to know about sexually transmitted diseases.

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Spring Break & STDs: The Hidden Dangers

Spring break and sex are synonymous. Students wanting to let loose and experience new things often take to the streets and beaches in the hottest destinations for a week of endless fun, adventure, and casual sexual encounters.

They pack their bathing suits, swim trunks, and sunscreen but many forget to bring condoms which is why the risk of getting STDs on spring break is higher.

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Trojan Condoms’ Sexual Health Report Card: How Does Your Alma Mater Rank?

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For the second year in a row, Oregon State University earned the number one spot on the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, according to the annual survey sponsored by Trojan Brand Condoms and conducted by Speriling’s BestPlaces. The study the state of sexual health among American universities to light by ranking each school according to its accessibility to sexual health resources.

West Coast Schools Come out on Top

Oregon State made a meteoric rise from 25 to number one. The survey ranks considers things like condom  and contraceptive accessibility, outreach programs and student peer groups and sexual health website quality and the quality of sexual health information.

“With an unparalleled network of enthusiastic student peer groups with interesting and engaging programs, Oregon State University is a leader in campus sexual health resources,” said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s BestPlaces. “The school’s dedication to improving its offerings to students allows it to come out on top of the rankings for the second year in a row.”

The Top 10 Sexually Healthy Schools

  1. Oregon State University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Georgia
  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  5. Brown University
  6. University of Oregon
  7. University of Iowa
  8. Columbia University in the City of New York
  9. The University of Texas At Austin
  10. University of Arizona

Schools with Work to Do

Some schools in the top 50 have made impressive strides to offer their students sexual health resources. Cornell University jumped from 58 to 2014 to 16 in 2015. Others, however, have made no improvements or even dropped in rank. Purdue dropped from number 57 to 120. Brigham Young University has been at the very bottom of the list for three years running, and have been last only to Troy State University and Providence College.

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What You Need to Know About Pubic Lice

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Unfortunately for college students, pubic lice are the head lice of young adulthood. The freedom and romantic opportunities of college often come with STD’s spreading rampantly. Crabs, Pediculosis pubis, or pubic lice are spread typically through close personal contact, such as sexual activity. Although it is possible to get pubic lice from infested sheets, towels, or clothing, these lice aren’t able to live long when not attached to the body.

Diagnosing and Treating Pubic Lice

Human hair, from the hair on our heads, bodies, and genitals, are actually all quite different from each other. This unfortunately means that three different types of lice infect our bodies. Crabs are a completely different species than the head lice that infest our hair. However, these lice all have something in common: they make us itchy and uncomfortable. Symptoms of crabs typically include pubic itching and visible pubic lice or nits.STD Health

Topical pesticides, such as Permethrin, are the typically treatment for pubic lice. If you discover that you have pubic lice, you should make any sexual partners you had within a month of the symptoms aware of the possibility that they have them too. While you are treating your pubic lice, you should also avoid sexual activity until you are completely symptom free, in order to prevent your partners from becoming infested.

To determine whether you might have pubic lice, you should carefully examine your pubic area for lice and nits. If you are still not sure, or if you have difficulty treating the infestation, it might be a good idea to visit your doctor for a formal diagnosis.

Protect Your Sexual Heath, Get Tested

Protecting your sexual health is extremely important. Getting tested regularly for STD’s is one of the best ways you can educate yourself about your own sexual health. Visit your nearest ARCpointLabs for STD testing if you are concerned about your sexual health. Don’t wait, get tested today.

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College Students: Focus on Your Sexual Health

As the fall semester approaches, buying textbooks, moving into the dorm, and meeting new or reuniting with old friends are probably at the top of most students’ minds.

One topic that more students should be concerned with, though, is their sexual health, particularly when it comes to avoiding the spread of STDs.

During college, students are faced with many important decisions that affect their sexual health. Here are our tips to help you make the most informed decisions.

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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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