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The Basics on Viral STDs

Viral STDs

When it comes to STDs, most people don’t have much knowledge on the topic beyond what STD stands for and the basics on prevention.

One differentiation between bacterial STDs and viral STDs is not always so obvious to the layman.

Today, we’re explaining what separates the two and profiling a few of the most common viral STDs.

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Can I Have Genital Herpes Without Knowing It?

Is it really possible to have an STD like genital herpes and not know it? After all, doesn’t the disease involve painful, obvious outbreaks?

Although many people think that it sounds unlikely, it actually is possible to have genital herpes and not be aware of it. That’s one of the reasons why it’s such a good idea to have regular STD screenings. Doing so is an excellent way for people to protect themselves and their sexual partners.

Here’s what you should know about genital herpes and how it could be affecting you.

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Not Getting STD Testing? Here’s Why Your Reasons Don’t Make Sense.

As leading providers of STD testing, we encounter a lot of reasons why people delay or resist getting screened on a regular basis.

Our goal is not only to make STD testing easy and accessible for people, but also to encourage everyone to monitor their sexual health.

Today, we’re sharing 4 excuses for not getting STD testing — and why they aren’t acceptable.

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Do You Know the Differences Between Herpes I & II?

Chances are, most people get their information about STDs from sex ed classes taken long ago, or from quick Google searches when STD symptoms crop up.

As a result, there’s a very simple view of the herpes simplex viruses — and many people accidentally lump the two herpes viruses together when they are distinct infections.

Today, we’re explaining what differentiates herpes I and II.

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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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Managing Your STD Risk

June 16-22 marks Healthcare Risk Management Week. One of the most important ways ways to manage health risks is to find ways to lessen your STD risk. ARCpoint Labs is here to help with some ideas to keep you healthy.

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Are STDs Hereditary? Family Health and Your Sexual Health

Your genetics can increase your risk of developing many medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Other diseases, like Huntington’s disease or Marfan’s disease, are directly caused by a mutated gene passed down through generations.

Fortunately, sexually transmitted diseases are not among the list of medical problems that are hereditary. This doesn’t mean that your family’s sexual health doesn’t affect you, though.

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