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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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Ten STD Facts to be Aware Of

More than 65 million Americans have an incurable STD and each year 20 million new cases are reported.  Half of these infections are among people ages 15 to 24 resulting in long-term consequences for them. Continue reading “Ten STD Facts to be Aware Of” »

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Doctors are Overprescribing Antibiotics for Possible STDs. Here’s Why It’s a Problem.

There are a number of factors that prevent doctors from correctly diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases.

First, there’s the fact that many people may have STDs without presenting symptoms, meaning STD tests aren’t ordered and performed.

Second, there are individuals who may suspect an STD, but might be too embarrassed to ask their primary healthcare provider about their symptoms.

Third, there are cases when other infections, like urinary tract infections, can be mistaken for an STD — and when treatment is provided, it actually affects a patient’s ability to fight off any future STDs.

Today we’re taking a closer look at the third phenomenon.

Continue reading “Doctors are Overprescribing Antibiotics for Possible STDs. Here’s Why It’s a Problem.” »

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STD Incubation Periods

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An STD incubation period is the amount of time it takes for symptoms to appear after exposure. While you should always use safer sex practices, especially with new or multiple partners, sometimes STD prevention methods fail. If you wake up one morning with a strange rash or mark on your body, it can be very concerning. Keep in mind that symptoms aren’t necessarily a good measure of determining whether or not your or your partner has an STD. Here are some common STDs, and the average time it takes for symptoms to appear after exposure:


Many people never experience symptoms, but when they do appear, it’s usually in one to three weeks. Chlamydia can cause complications even in asymptomatic patients, so regular screening is important.


Like chlamydia, gonorrhea is also asymptomatic for many carriers. Symptoms can show up as early as two days after, however, or as long as a month.


HIV can remain asymptomatic for years for many of the people infected by the virus. (Some people will get flu-like symptoms around two weeks after exposure.) It’s important to note that with HIV, a carrier may not even yield a positive test result for three to six months after exposure.


On average, the first syphilis symptoms appear about three weeks after infection, but they may appear 10 to 90 days after exposure to the bacterium.

Genital Herpes

Most people never know they’re infected, but if symptoms do show up, they’ll appear within two weeks of exposure. Some people will have full-body viral symptoms and a fever within the same time period.

TEST SMARTLY LABS nationwide are equipped to provide discreet and accurate STD testing for individuals. Regular testing is critical to maintain sexual and personal health. If you are concerned that you may have contracted an STD, be sure to contact your nearest location today!



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