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Arizona’s Retired Population Faces Rising STD Rates

Arizona may be known for sunny days, but there’s a cloud hanging over the state: rising STD rates among senior citizens.

We’ve written before about increasing STD rates among this population, and we’re updating you on the specifics about senior citizens and STDs in Arizona.

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Why STD Testing? Just Ask California About Their Syphilis Problem

Syphilis has been around since the 15th century. For much of the time since then, syphilis was incurable. Thousands of people died from it after suffering dementia, blindness, deafness and paralysis. The development of penicillin made it possible to cure syphilis, but results of STD testing show that the disease is still a problem.

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2013 STD Report Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the 2013 STD Report detailing the prevalence of STDs in America.

Here’s what you need to know about US STD trends and how the details have changed approaches to STD prevention.

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Not Getting STD Testing? Here’s Why Your Reasons Don’t Make Sense.

As leading providers of STD testing, we encounter a lot of reasons why people delay or resist getting screened on a regular basis.

Our goal is not only to make STD testing easy and accessible for people, but also to encourage everyone to monitor their sexual health.

Today, we’re sharing 4 excuses for not getting STD testing — and why they aren’t acceptable.

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There are 110 Million STDs Circulating. Don’t Catch One of Them!

You may have heard the familiar statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — there are 20 million new cases of STDs each year. But there’s a more startling figure, revealing that the number of infections out there at any given moment is much higher — a staggering 110 million!

This number is soaring because many STDs can persist without symptoms, so people aren’t able to pursue the right treatment or preventative measures, and end up inadvertently spreading the disease.

Here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself from three common STDs.

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STDs & Pregnancy: Risks & Treatment

October marks two special designations for expectant mothers: Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month and the Campaign for Healthier Babies Month.

To promote education about these important topics, ARCpoint Labs is sharing how having STDs during pregnancy can affect a child’s health.

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How Soon Should I Get an STD Test After Unprotected Sex?

Since having unprotected sex is an STD risk factor, it’s important that you pursue STD testing after you’ve done the deed.

This doesn’t mean you should beeline to the lab the morning after, though. There are many factors that affect the STD testing window including:

  • How the STD test works – is it identifying the STD-causing pathogen or your immune system’s response to it?
  • What STD test you use –  certain tests detect STDs more quickly
  • How healthy your immune system is – whether you’ve been exposed to an STD previously, in particular
  • The incubation period for the STD in question
  • How the disease works – whether the STD is viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic

Here are our guidelines on STD test detection windows.

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What STDs Are Spread Through Blood?

You probably already know that STDs are transmitted through sexual contact. But did you know that some STDs can be transmitted through contact with blood?

Join ARCpoint Labs today as we share important information about bloodborne viruses (BBVs). We’ll also look at ways that you can protect yourself.

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STD Prevention for Travellers

July is peak season for vacationing. While on vacation, many of us find ourselves in a more relaxed state, enjoying tropical drinks, warm weather, and a slower pace. Unfortunately, this relaxed mind frame sometimes carries over to cause reduced vigilance about STD prevention.

It’s important that you make efforts to stay healthy while you are traveling. Here are some of the ways that you can work on STD prevention on vacation

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Are STDs Hereditary? Family Health and Your Sexual Health

Your genetics can increase your risk of developing many medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Other diseases, like Huntington’s disease or Marfan’s disease, are directly caused by a mutated gene passed down through generations.

Fortunately, sexually transmitted diseases are not among the list of medical problems that are hereditary. This doesn’t mean that your family’s sexual health doesn’t affect you, though.

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