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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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STD Dictionary: Letters N – Z

This is a continuation of our 2-part blog series. To read the first half, click here!

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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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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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Are You Increasing Your Risk of Prostate Cancer?

September is the official Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to learn the basics on the disease, including its risk factors.

Men should know that a having a common STD — trichomoniasis — can put them at risk for the most fatal type of prostate cancer, according to research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Here’s what men need to know about the link between STDs and prostate cancer.

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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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STDs & Pregnancy: How Your Sexual Health Affects Your Baby

When you’re pregnant, it’s important more than ever to take good care of your body. You’re providing the environment for your baby to develop, and it’s your responsibility to eat well, drink lots of water, abstain from drugs and alcohol, arm yourself against infections, and follow appropriate dietary restrictions.

One aspect of pregnant womens’ health that can sometimes get overlooked, however, is their sexual health. Pregnant women can get STDs or experience an inflammation of a previous STD, and the results can be life-threatening for both the pregnant mother and her child.

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CDC Reports 2012 STD Rates on the Rise

Each year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) releases its report revealing past STD rates, patterns, and observations. This January 2014, the full 2012 STD report came out, revealing that STD rates are on the rise nationally.

By viewing and understanding these STD rates, health care providers can predict trends for the upcoming year, helping them better adjust treatment plans and educational outreach.

How did STD rates change from 2011 to 2012? And what are some steps to prevent the spread of STDs, according to the CDC? Here are the facts.

2012 STD Rates

Because data on other STDs such as herpes, trichomoniasis, and human papillomavirus (HPV) often go unreported, the CDC’s 2012 report focuses on chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Despite their higher report rates, many cases of these STDs also go undiagnosed and thus unreported — which means that the CDC’s report reveals only a hint of the reality of STDs in America.

STD Rates on the Rise

Compared to 2011, the 2012 STD rates all increased except for congenital syphilis:

  • ARCpoint Labs | CDC Reports 2012 STD Rates on the RiseChlamydia: 1,422,976 cases reported in 2012 compared to 1,412,791 in 2011, with the STD rates per 100,000 people increased by 0.7%
  • Gonorrhea: 334,826 cases reported in 2012 compared to 321,849 in 2011, with the STD rates per 100,000 people increased by 4.1% in the third consecutive year of rising rates
  • Syphilis (primary & secondary): 15,667 cases reported in 2012 compared to 13,970 in 2011 with the STD rates per 100,000 people increased 11.1%
  • Syphilis (congenital): 322 cases reported in 2012 compared to 360 in 2011, with the STD rates per 100,000 people decreased by 10%

Groups With the Highest STD rates

STDs can infect anyone, but according to the 2012 data, the following STD rates are highest among certain groups.

Syphilis

Men who have sex with men (MSM) have higher STD rates when it comes to syphilis, making up 75% of all people with the most infectious forms of syphilis (primary and secondary). When the disease in primary or secondary form goes untreated, it can lead to stroke and visual impairment, plus place the infected person at more risk for contracting HIV.

The CDC notes that risk behaviors such as unprotected sex do contribute to these higher levels of syphilis, but also that social factors like lower economic status and the prevalence of homophobia may prevent gay, bisexual, and MSM from seeking treatment for the disease. To stop these rising STD rates, we should focus on eliminating the social stigma linked with syphilis, and also encourage all sexually active gay, bisexual, and MSM to be screened for syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV at least yearly.

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia

Like in previous years, the 2012 CDC data on STD rates reveals that gonorrhea and chlamydia are most prevalent among Americans ages 15 – 24. Though both young adult men and women are affected by these soaring STD rates, the long-term repercussions are felt more heavily among women who run the risk of infertility due to undiagnosed STDs.

To combat these climbing STD rates, the CDC suggests yearly chlamydia screenings for sexually active women age 25 and under, plus gonorrhea screenings for at-risk women who are sexually active — for example, women with multiple sexual partners, or women who live in areas with high STD rates.

Fight Rising STD Rates With ARCpoint Labs

Worried you may be at risk for STD infection? Combat the inflating STD rates by getting confidential, reliable walk-in STD testing from your local ARCpoint Labs. We offer individual STD testing as well as comprehensive STD panels to detect a variety of diseases.

To lower your risk of STD rates, find the nearest ARCpoint Labs that offers STD testing!

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“Invisible” STDs

When you think about having an STD, what do you think of? Bumpy skin? Red spots? Itchiness? It’s true, these types of symptoms do exist. However, not all STDs are visible to the naked eye. You may be infected with a sexually transmitted disease and not even realize you have it. Here are some of the most common “invisible” diseases that are transmitted through sexual contact. worried about invisible STDs - ARCpoint Labs

Chlamydia

This is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, and it can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of chlamydia may not show up until weeks after exposure— or not at all. WebMD says that 75% of women and 50% of men do not show symptoms, which means it can easily be passed from partner to partner without either person realizing it. Chlamydia can cause health problems if left untreated, so get checked regularly.

Trichomoniasis

This sexually transmitted infection is spread during intercourse and usually affects the urinary tract in men, who often don’t show any symptoms. Women may also contract trichomoniasis may experience irritations and inflammation.

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

Most people infected with HSV go through life never knowing they have it, since there are often no symptoms. It’s contracted through small breaks in the skin. If symptoms do occur, there is often only one episode.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

While HPV will cause genital warts on some people, others may never know they have it. A vaccination is available to fight some strains in women, but there is no vaccine for men. HPV can only be treated, not cured.

Many other sexually transmitted diseases don’t always show symptoms, and they don’t always affect people in the same ways. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly if you’re sexually active. Find an ARCpoint Labs location near you to get tested so you may receive the proper treatment if necessary.

 

 

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Trich, Less Well Known STD but Dangerous

Trich isn’t anything new. But you might not be aware of this sexually transmitted disease. It isn’t talked about nearly as much as the others. Its name isn’t as simple as HIV or herpes. But if untreated, it can be very dangerous.

It’s called “Trich”

It’s actually called trichomoniasis. There are 7 to 8 million new cases of trich each year (source), making it one of the most common STDs around. Only 30 percent of those who get this parasite through sex develop symptoms, which include

  • itching
  • burning
  • redness or soreness of the genitals
  • discomfort with urination
  • thin discharge with an unusual smell that can be clear, white, yellowish, or greenish

Dangerous for pregnant women

Pregnant-women-with-Trich-run-the risk-of-low-weight-babies.Women with trich become high risk in the event they get pregnant. Early labor, passing on an STD to the baby before or during labor, pneumonia may all occur. (source). Women with trich may also have babies with low birth weight.

Treatment for Trich

Though it’s dangerous when left untreated, trich is curable with antibiotics. If you’re suffering from trich, speak to doctor about treatment. Symptoms can be prevented. You just need to be proactive.

You may not have heard of it before but…

Though it’s not as commonly known as HIV, herpes, chlamydia or syphilis, trich is very real. If you’re sexually active, you need to get STD tested. There are so many risks you need to be aware of… it’s not worth the risk.

Need an STD testing partner? Our friends at ARCpoint Labs offer affordable, confidential STD testing. Blood or urine tests can determine if you have an STD. Results returned quickly! Find the nearest ARCpoint Labs to you!

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