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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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Basic Facts About to Know About STDs

When you enter into a relationship, thinking about STDs may not be the first thing on your mind but knowing your sexual health and that of your partner’s can be critical to your well-being. Continue reading “Basic Facts About to Know About STDs” »

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Giving Birth With an STD

STDs pose a risk not only to adults, but also to infants. If you suspect that you may have an STD during your pregnancy, then it is critical that you undergo STD testing as soon as possible. Many STDs are treatable and even curable, which means that they don’t have to have a significant impact on your pregnancy. STD testing is the first step toward treatment. Continue reading “Giving Birth With an STD” »

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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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The Real Cause for STDs Climbing in the U.S.

The number of people in the U.S. with an STD hit a high in October. Data showed that there were increases in all nationally reported STDs for a consecutive second year. There were 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, the highest number ever reported to the government, with people between ages 15 and 24 accounting for the largest number of  STD infections. Continue reading “The Real Cause for STDs Climbing in the U.S.” »

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Bullying and STD Prevention

School is not just an important setting for students to learn academically, it is also critical for students to learn about their own health and acquiring the tools they need to care for themselves. As October is National Bullying Prevention Month, we thought it would be a great chance to take the time to look at the serious consequences of STDs and bullying. Continue reading “Bullying and STD Prevention” »

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Newborn Screening for STD’s

Many expectant mothers are not aware of the dangers that an STD can pose to their baby. Occasionally, STDs are transmitted to babies while they are in the womb or at the time of childbirth. A newborn STD test can determine whether or not this has occurred. Continue reading “Newborn Screening for STD’s” »

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Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases Quadruple in the U.S

The number of drug-resistant gonorrhea cases in the United States has quadrupled recently according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bacteria has found a way to outlast the antibiotics treating the STD, causing alarm nationwide as new cases of the disease are discovered daily. A multi-drug therapy approach continues to be successful in treating gonorrhea.  Continue reading “Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases Quadruple in the U.S” »

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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 ARCpoint Labs location today! No doctor’s orders or appointment is required. 

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Living with HIV

Testing positive for HIV is a terrifying moment. It’s something that you never think will happen to you, and when it does it seems like your worst nightmare. HIV is a life-threatening virus that can progress to AIDS, and it affects millions of people worldwide. However, recent advances in technology and medicine have luckily made living with HIV a realistic idea, especially with early detection and proper treatment. Read on to learn more about how to stay healthy while living with HIV.

HIV is Not AIDS

It’s important to realize that testing positive for HIV does not mean that you have AIDS. Today, many people live with HIV for years and even decades without the virus progressing to AIDS. You can live a healthy life with HIV for many years if you educate yourself about the disease and take the right steps to get treatment. See your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s guidance and advice, and you may even live a normal life span. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS at this time, but the right treatment will help to keep the virus levels low, either by interfering with the proteins it needs to copy itself, or by blocking it from inserting its genetic material into your immune cells.

Importance of Testing

It’s impossible to know that you have HIV simply by its symptoms. Some people don’t have any symptoms for years, while other get flu-like symptoms just weeks after infection. The only way to know whether or not you have HIV is to get regular testing, especially if you have multiple sexual partners or use shared IV drugs. HIV is not transmitted through casual contact, such as kissing or sharing the same glass. HIV is only passed through bodily fluids, such as during sexual intercourse or through the blood. However, anyone can get HIV. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, young or old, heterosexual or homosexual. No one is immune to this virus.

For your HIV test, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today.

Staying Healthy & Protecting Others

If you and your partner both have HIV, it is still important to use protection during sexual intercourse. Different strains of the virus can be resistant to HIV medications, and you are still at risk for contracting other sexually transmitted diseases, so using a condom can help protect you and your partner from both of these risks. If you have HIV and become pregnant, there are ways to help protect your baby from contracting the virus during delivery. Appropriate care and medications prescribed by your doctor are the best ways to protect your baby. The best way to reduce your risk of contracting other viruses and diseases because of a weakened immune system is to take your HIV medications. You should also try to minimize exposure to certain germs by staying away from undercooked meat, litter boxes, and any water that could be contaminated.

Staying healthy and living a normal life with HIV is not impossible. The first step is getting tested. Contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today for your HIV test.

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