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Why You Should Get Tested For STDs

Everyone sexually active should be screened for STDs at some point. Luckily, if you are diagnosed with one, most STDs are curable, and all of them are treatable. Continue reading “Why You Should Get Tested For STDs” »

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Talking to Your Partner About STDs

Before you decide to have intercourse with your partner, you need to have a talk with them about STDs. It might be a short talk if neither of you has one and don’t have reason to think you might, or it might be a lengthy discussion. However, if you find yourself blushing or nervous, you might not be ready to have sex yet. Continue reading “Talking to Your Partner About STDs” »

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Dealing With Syphilis

A diagnosis of syphilis may feel devastating but living with it isn’t that difficult — it’s also totally curable over time. However, the stigma associated with a sexually transmitted disease can affect self-esteem and make individuals feel embarrassed. A majority of patients do not get proper treatment because of the stigma attached to this sexually transmitted disease. Continue reading “Dealing With Syphilis” »

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STDs and Women

Worldwide, there are approximately 357 million new infections of chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Many STDs show no symptoms in women but left untreated, STDs can lead can cause a range of problems. Keep reading for more information about STD risks and prevention. Continue reading “STDs and Women” »

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STDs & Men

There is a lot of focus placed on the impact STDs have on women and how it affects their fertility and well-being. Less focus is put on men but with the number of STD infected males rising constantly in this country, more discussion, and education needs to be directed towards the male population.   Continue reading “STDs & Men” »

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The Importance of STD Testing

For sexually active people, STDs can compromise their general health and result in a lifetime long medical issue to deal with. Being tested for STDs is the only way for a person to be sure of their STD status and stop the spread of STDs among any sexual partners they will have. Continue reading “The Importance of STD Testing” »

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5 Reasons You Should be Tested for STDs

There comes a point in everyone’s lives when they should consider STD testing and realistically most people should be tested for STDs on a regular basis. The reason is simply because anyone who is having sex could be exposed to STDs.  Continue reading “5 Reasons You Should be Tested for STDs” »

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STDs 101: Know the Signs of the Most Common STDs

Statistics estimate that some 20 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with STDs every year. Usually, this diagnosis happens after testing at a qualified laboratory. Before testing for STDs happens, most people exhibit certain symptoms. With more than two dozen known STDs, it stands to reason that the symptoms can vary widely. That’s why it makes sense to be familiar with some of the most common symptoms of STDs.

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Condoms & STDs: Myths & Best Practices

Condoms are the best defense from STDs when used correctly. However, there is some misinformation floating around and we wanted to debunk those myths and offer accurate information regarding proper condom use.

Myth #1: You can avoid STDs by having anal or oral sex.

Sex of any type — vaginal, oral or anal — can transfer STDs between partners. The viruses or bacteria pass through tiny cuts in the mouth, anus or genitals.

Best Practices: Use a new condom for every sexual act. For instance, if you or your partner move from oral to vaginal sex, use a new condom. It doesn’t have to be a cumbersome act, either. You can make it part of the foreplay. You and your partner can rest assured that you have each other’s best interests in mind.

Myth #2: All condoms are uncomfortable and desensitizing.

While it’s true that sex without condoms feels different than sex with condoms, there are almost countless options out there for sexually active people. It seems like condom brands are trying new things every day to make the experience pleasurable for both partners.

Best Practices: Try a variety of condoms to see which brand and style works best for you. You may need a different size. Several condom brands make different sizes such as snug fit or large fit to accomodate different men. If you’re allergic to latex, there are options out there.

Myth #3: I don’t need to use a condom the whole time during sex.

Yes you do. STDs can be transferred from one partner to another at any time during sex — including during foreplay.

Best Practices: Put a condom on as soon as the penis is erect, and don’t leave it on too long after you finish. Make sure to roll it all the way down to the base of the penis, and leave a little room at the tip for ejaculate.

Even with using condoms correctly, it’s still possible to transfer or contract STDs — sometimes condoms break. If you’re concerned you may have STDs, ARCpoint Labs offers comprehensive STD testing. To learn more, contact any location today.

 

 

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