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February is National Condom Month

February is recognized as National Condom Month in the United States. Originally started on a university campus, it has grown into an educational event that benefits high schools, colleges, AIDS groups, sexually transmitted disease awareness groups and family planning centers.  Continue reading “February is National Condom Month” »

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STD Prevention and Condoms-Do They Help?

No type of condom prevents sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) 100% of the time, however, if you and your partner are having sex, nothing protects against STDs better than a properly used condom. Continue reading “STD Prevention and Condoms-Do They Help?” »

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Understanding AIDS in 2016 for World AIDS Day

Humankind has made strides toward understanding AIDS and helping people to protect themselves from HIV. Nonetheless, observances like World AIDS Day are critical to prevent more HIV infections and for finding a cure for AIDS. Continue reading “Understanding AIDS in 2016 for World AIDS Day” »

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National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

As September 27 brings National Gay Men’s HIV AIDS Awareness Day, we have an opportunity to highlight why HIV AIDS testing is so essential to saving lives. Perhaps more than any other segment of the population, gay men are susceptible to an HIV diagnosis. This makes routine HIV AIDS testing utterly imperative. Continue reading “National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day” »

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HIV/AIDS and Aging: What You Need to Know

For the first decades after HIV and AIDS were discovered, patients could only expect to live for one or two years after diagnosis. While there is still no cure for AIDS or HIV, the success of antiretroviral therapy, or ART, is making it increasingly likely that people with this illness could live to an advanced age. This means that people with HIV or AIDS need to be aware of complications that may arise as a result of aging with the disease. Continue reading “HIV/AIDS and Aging: What You Need to Know” »

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How HIV Testing Can Prevent New Cases Among High-Risk Populations

Among the most effective ways to prevent HIV among high-risk populations is through regular and accessible HIV testing.

Long noted as a method of preventing HIV and AIDS from spreading from one sexual partner to the next and from mother to child, a simple test administered at a health clinic or hospital can alert individuals to the presence of HIV in their bloodstream.

Here’s what you should know about the specifics of HIV testing and its role in preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS in high-risk populations.

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Educating Youth on HIV/AIDs

Being a parent isn’t easy. It’s necessary to protect and guide children through any number of pitfalls, and that includes having some difficult conversations. One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

One of those relates to the dangers of AIDS and the necessity for HIV testing.

As a parent, it can be hard to know how to begin educating your kids on such serious topics. We’re providing some context and suggestions for initiating discussions with your teens.

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HIV/AIDS Awareness for Women & Girls

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) takes place every March. It’s time to talk candidly about a subject that affects over 37 million people throughout the world.

Statistics show that one out of four people living with HIV are female and only half of them are receiving care. Even more alarming is the fact that only 4 out of 10 women with HIV have the virus under control.

Here’s what women and girls should know about HIV/AIDS prevention.

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Do You Know How Often You Should Get STD Testing?

Estimates show that about one in four people in the U.S. have had an STD at one time. STD vary in symptoms and effects, and while many can be cured through the use of antibiotics or other treatments, there are other STDs that have no cure. For example, HIV, genital warts, and herpes cannot be cured. Other curable STDs like syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis can result in serious complications if not detected and treated promptly. So, what can you do to protect yourself from contracting an STD? STD testing is an essential first step.

STD Testing Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that getting STD testing is one of the most important things any individual can do to protect his or her health, and they give a set of basic guidelines for how often individuals should get tested. They recommend that all individuals aged 13 to 64 get tested at least once for HIV. Sexually active adults under age 25 should also get annual testing for common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. For those who have unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners, more frequent STD testing every three to six months is recommended. Also, for individuals who share injection drug equipment or have unprotected sex, it is recommended to get HIV testing at least once a year.

It is also important to openly and honestly discuss your sexual habits with your doctor so that your doctor can make more specific recommendations for how often you should be getting STD testing. If you are a sexually active individual but have never gotten tested for STDs, for the sake of your health and that of your partner, make an appointment to get tested today.

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ARCpoint Labs provides STD testing at our many lab facilities across the U.S. Find your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today and schedule your STD test.

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HIV Cases Down 20% in the U.S.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made news this month with its report stating that HIV diagnoses have fallen dramatically overall in the past 10 years. Overall diagnoses of HIV decreased by about 20% from 2005 to 2014. This is huge progress, especially considering the statistics 30 years ago when the U.S. had its first documented cases of the virus. However, there’s more to these new statistics than first meets the eye.

HIV Cases Decreasing?

Will the overall numbers seem to paint a pretty picture for the reduction of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the U.S., some groups of people have seen troubling increases in instances of HIV. The group that has seen the highest increase is the African-American gay and bisexual community. In fact, the CDC reported that there has been about an 87% increase in the number of HIV diagnoses in 13-24-year-old African-American gay and bisexual males and Latino gay and bisexual males. Why have these groups experienced such an increase? There are several factors, most importantly including the low rate of condom use and the high rate of individuals who have not been tested and don’t know that they are HIV-positive.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the more encouraging overall numbers. In heterosexual adults, the number of cases has decreased by 35%. Women, in particular, have experienced a 40% decline, while African-Americans overall have seen cases go down by 22%. While these numbers are encouraging, it is important to be aware that for many people in the U.S., the dangers of contracting HIV are higher than ever.

The Importance of Testing

As shown by the CDC’s recent report, one of the most important tools in preventing the spread of HIV is getting tested. ARCpoint Labs nationwide provide accurate, confidential STD and HIV testing services. To learn more, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today!

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