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Common Questions About STDs You’re Afraid to Ask Your Doctor

When it comes to STDs, it’s never an easy subject to talk about. This is certainly the case when you know little about sexually transmitted diseases, their symptoms, and treatment. If you’re too afraid to ask your doctor questions about STDs, you’re not alone. Many men and women don’t know where to turn for this information.

If you have questions about STDs, you’re in luck. The following list of questions are common for people who think they have or were recently diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. Use the information here to take action to protect you and your sexual partners from STDs.

Here are some of the questions you might have on your mind.

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How Exercise Can Reduce Cervical Cancer Risk

Statistics suggest that nearly 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. Additionally, approximately 4,100 women will die from the disease this year.

This makes the news that moderate exercise can significantly reduce an individual’s risk for developing cervical cancer all the more critical.

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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.

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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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STDs & Summer Vacation: Prevention & Sexual Health

Sometimes, the warm summer weather causes people to lose their inhibitions and engage in risky sexual behavior.

Rather than become a statistic and catch one of many STDs, it’s advisable to use caution and protection while vacationing this year. With school and work obligations put on hold, there is no reason not to be social.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be cautious when it comes to STDs and sexual partners. If you meet someone that you want to have intercourse with, you need to do the following to protect yourself as well as the other person from STDs.

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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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Spring Break & STDs: The Hidden Dangers

Spring break and sex are synonymous. Students wanting to let loose and experience new things often take to the streets and beaches in the hottest destinations for a week of endless fun, adventure, and casual sexual encounters.

They pack their bathing suits, swim trunks, and sunscreen but many forget to bring condoms which is why the risk of getting STDs on spring break is higher.

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STD Testing & Collegiate Health

When kids go off to college, the opportunities can be limitless. College is a whirlwind of learning, cramming for exams, making new friends and gaining new experiences. However, many of these new experiences aren’t related to school. College students drink alcohol at record rates and often have casual romantic and sexual relationships with many different people. While technically they are adults, college students have not yet reached full maturity in the brain when it comes to making decisions. That means that they often don’t think about the risks associated with their behavior.

STDs on College Campuses

Estimates suggest that about one in four college students have an STD, and half of the new cases of STDs each year occur in individuals between the ages of 15 and 24. Clearly STDs are a problem on college campuses. Why? As we said before, even though college students are adults under the law, in many ways they are still just kids. As smart as they may be, certain parts of maturity, including risk assessment and decision making, are still not fully developed. Another aspect is the lack of education about STD prevention. It is essential for college students to understand the risks associated with unprotected sex and to understand how to minimize those risks.

STD Testing for Better Collegiate Health

STD infections are preventable diseases. The CDC recommends that all sexually active college students get STD testing in order to be more informed about their own health and to prevent spreading STDs to their partners. Getting tested is the first step in preventing the spread of STDs, because without STD testing you may be spreading an STD without even realizing it. Furthermore, getting STD testing also helps college students to get the treatments they need. Getting tested on a yearly basis is a good place to start.

ARCpoint Labs provides STD testing nationwide for college students and others. Protect yourself and your partner today by finding your nearest ARCpoint Labs location for STD testing.

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