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Oklahoma Bill Debate: Should STD Testing be Required Before Marriage?

At ARCpoint Labs, we’re big proponents of STD testing, as it’s the best way for individuals to monitor their sexual health and help prevent the spread of STDs.

But does this mean that STD testing should be required before marriage?

A proposed bill out of Oklahoma would require just that, and it’s causing a controversy.

Here are a few points from both sides of the argument.

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Researchers Working on Smart Phone STD Testing Technology

Some scientists are hoping that soon, smart phones won’t just be used for texting, checking email, games, or getting directions. What’s the new use they have in mind? STD testing.

While some smart phone apps have been linked to an increase in certain STDs and others are used to share STD testing results, the new smart phone technology in development would actually conduct the STD testing.

Here’s what you should know about this new device!

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Unconventional Methods of STD Prevention

As we’ve shared in the past, there are many methods of STD prevention. Some are more common — condoms, abstinence, regular STD testing — and other, like the ones we’re sharing below, are more…interesting.

Here are a few unconventional methods of STD prevention that have surfaced lately.

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Why Women are More at Risk of Lasting STD effects

While the effects of STDs can have major impacts on both men and women, ranging from scarring to infertility to even death, females are a little more at risk of these harmful effects if their STDs aren’t treated.

In fact, in the US alone, untreated STDs cause infertility in 24,000 women each year. Infant death occurs in 40% of all pregnant women with untreated syphilis. And untreated chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women, escalating to more long-term reproductive system damage in some cases — while in men, the symptoms and effects are mild if they even occur.

Here’s why women are more likely to let their STDs go untreated — and thus why they’re more likely to experience longer-term impacts of STDs.

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Strain of Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Found in Australia

Doctors in Australia have uncovered a troubling strain of gonorrhea which appears to be resistant to traditional antibiotics.

What does this mean for STD treatment? ARCpoint Labs has the details.

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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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Do You Know the Differences Between Herpes I & II?

Chances are, most people get their information about STDs from sex ed classes taken long ago, or from quick Google searches when STD symptoms crop up.

As a result, there’s a very simple view of the herpes simplex viruses — and many people accidentally lump the two herpes viruses together when they are distinct infections.

Today, we’re explaining what differentiates herpes I and II.

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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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Tips for Talking to Kids About STDs

One of the hardest things about raising kids is making sure that they get all of the information that they need to make healthy decisions when you’re not around. 84% of American moms report that they want help talking to their children about sexual issues.

For many parents, having a conversation about STDs is very difficult, but making sure that your children are equipped with the facts to make informed decisions is essential.

Fortunately, there are ways to make this difficult conversation go smoothly. Let’s take a look at a few tips that can help.

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Hepatitis Prevention: Get These Essential Facts

World Hepatitis Day is July 28th, making now the perfect time to focus on ways that you can help protect yourself and your community against this dangerous illness.

Preventing against hepatitis is an important step in preserving your overall health. Here are some steps that will help you do just that.

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