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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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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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How to Talk to Your Kids About STDs & Safe Sex

Having “the talk” with your kids is something that some parents never think about and others dread. In America, being open about sex and sexuality is a topic brushed away and glanced over but one in four teens contract an STD every year. Young people account for 50 percent of all newly diagnosed STDs. Besides lowering the STDs diagnosed, preventing pregnancy and cancer-causing HPV are reasons you need to take time to talk to your child about safe sex.  Continue reading “How to Talk to Your Kids About STDs & Safe Sex” »

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STDs in Seniors Continue to Spread

They say you have to live while you’re young, but that isn’t really the case. Take a step inside an assisted living facility — you might be surprised to find that it looks like spring break! In fact, between 2007 and 2011, chlamydia infections among Americans over 65 increased by 31 percent and syphilis increased by 52 percent. Continue reading “STDs in Seniors Continue to Spread” »

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Being Aware of Your Sexual Health

If you are sexually active then listen up. September is a good time to have an STD test performed, as it’s Sexual Health Awareness Month. The CDC recommends that all people between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once for HIV. Anyone sexually active should get tested for all STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, herpes 1 and 2, trichomoniasis, and HIV. Continue reading “Being Aware of Your Sexual Health” »

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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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About Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer

Knowing all there is to know about ovarian cancer helps you improve your gynecological health. Rather than let a symptom slide, you’ll know when it’s best to see your gynecologist for additional instructions. Your ovarian health relies on your ability to know what causes cancer and how to avoid it. Continue reading “About Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer” »

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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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Preventative Measures Against STDs


According to The American Journal of Medicine, more than half of the population will have an STD at some point in time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last fall that rates of STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all had a significant increase in 2014. The report caused some doctors to point to an increasing STD epidemic in the U.S. However, this epidemic is preventable. There are several steps individuals can take to protect themselves and their partners from STD infection.

Safe Sex

According to the CDC, the consistent and correct use of a latex condom is one of the most reliable ways to prevent against STD infection for those who are sexually active. Condoms are most effective against STDs that are spread by genital fluids, like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. However, condoms are less effective against STDs that are spread by skin-to-skin contact, like herpes, HPV, and syphilis.

Reducing Sexual Partners

The most effective method of STD prevention is to abstain from sex entirely. However, reducing the number of sexual partners is also an effective way to reduce risk of infection. Staying with one uninfected sexual partner is a reliable way to prevent an STD infection, however it is essential that both you and your partner have first tested negative for STDs and are mutually monogamous.

Vaccination & STD Testing

Certain STDs, like HPV, can be protected against through vaccination. Getting vaccinated before sexual exposure is a reliable measure to take to prevent infection with HPV. STD testing is another way to prevent the spread of STDs. The CDC recommends that those who are sexually active get tested once a year. Ask any new partners to get tested before intercourse. Informing yourself about your and your partner’s health is one of the most effective methods of STD prevention.

If you need discreet and reliable STD testing visit your nearest TEST SMARTLY LABS location today! No doctor’s orders or appointment is required. 

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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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