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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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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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Why Teens Aren’t Understanding STD Basics 

An initiative to provide emergency contraceptives to teenagers in the United Kingdom has backfired somewhat because an increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has been reported.

Teens in the UK clearly don’t understand STD basics or else they would be concerned about unwanted pregnancies and diseases such as HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes.

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Men’s Sexual Health: Basics on STD Prevention 

When it comes to your sexual health, STD prevention tops the list. After all, you don’t want to be a man with a sexually transmitted disease, right?

Before you engage in risky behavior, there are some things you need to know about STD prevention. It will help make STD prevention better and easier.

In honor of Men’s Health Month, check out a few ways to protect your sexual health and the sexual health of your partner.

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What to Do When You Find Out You Have an STD

So, your suspicions were correct. You’ve been tested for an STD and received positive results.

As humiliating as it might seem to hear such news, it carries a certain level of responsibility that you now must take on.

There are some things you need to do to protect yourself and others against additional STDs in the future. Here’s what you need to do when you find out you have an STD.

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Educating Others During STI Awareness Month

April is National STI Awareness Month. Part of prevention is educating the public of the risks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

It’s especially important to target young men and women ages 15-24 years of age as well as gay and bisexual men who have sex with other men because they are at the greatest risk.

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How to Keep Your Cold Sores from Spreading

Has an unsightly cold sore kept you from leaving the house? Do you want to learn ways to prevent the virus from spreading? If you do, there are some easy options for you to try.

The herpes simplex virus — also known as cold sores and fever blisters — often appear on the face, normally around the lips, nose, cheeks, chin, and even the inside of a person’s mouth. The virus is easily spread to other parts of the body as well as other people because there is no known treatment.

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The Dangers of Neonatal Herpes

Neonatal herpes, although rare, infects 1500 babies in the United States each year. Caused by the HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection, it disables and kills infants.

One of the ways women can prevent neonatal herpes is by practicing safe sex and having STD testing done to alert them to any potential problems with their pregnancies.

Here’s what you should know about neonatal herpes and prevention methods.

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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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