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Drug-Resistant Strain of Syphilis Emerging Globally

It’s more important this day and age to practice safe sex as incurable STDs become more prevalent. Syphilis is one of the most devastating sexually transmitted infections and until now has been completely curable.  However, doctors around the globe have begun to notice a new antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria is emerging and the problem could have serious consequences for many. Continue reading “Drug-Resistant Strain of Syphilis Emerging Globally” »

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Heading Back to College? 3 Things About STDs You Must Know 

With school back in session, there are some things you won’t learn in class.

One is how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted disease. Although there may be some mention of STDs, it’s not a subject that is talked about enough.

That’s why it’s very important to educate yourself about STDs so you can protect yourself and your sexual partners from getting diseases while attending college.

Here are three things you need to know about sexually transmitted diseases.

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Bursting the Bubble on Birth Control Myths 

Birth control, love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. Preconceptions about the pill and other forms of female contraceptives paint a very inaccurate picture of what the items do and do not do.

Here, we set the record straight by bursting the bubble on birth control myths.

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Condoms & STDs: Myths & Best Practices

Condoms are the best defense from STDs when used correctly. However, there is some misinformation floating around and we wanted to debunk those myths and offer accurate information regarding proper condom use.

Myth #1: You can avoid STDs by having anal or oral sex.

Sex of any type — vaginal, oral or anal — can transfer STDs between partners. The viruses or bacteria pass through tiny cuts in the mouth, anus or genitals.

Best Practices: Use a new condom for every sexual act. For instance, if you or your partner move from oral to vaginal sex, use a new condom. It doesn’t have to be a cumbersome act, either. You can make it part of the foreplay. You and your partner can rest assured that you have each other’s best interests in mind.

Myth #2: All condoms are uncomfortable and desensitizing.

While it’s true that sex without condoms feels different than sex with condoms, there are almost countless options out there for sexually active people. It seems like condom brands are trying new things every day to make the experience pleasurable for both partners.

Best Practices: Try a variety of condoms to see which brand and style works best for you. You may need a different size. Several condom brands make different sizes such as snug fit or large fit to accomodate different men. If you’re allergic to latex, there are options out there.

Myth #3: I don’t need to use a condom the whole time during sex.

Yes you do. STDs can be transferred from one partner to another at any time during sex — including during foreplay.

Best Practices: Put a condom on as soon as the penis is erect, and don’t leave it on too long after you finish. Make sure to roll it all the way down to the base of the penis, and leave a little room at the tip for ejaculate.

Even with using condoms correctly, it’s still possible to transfer or contract STDs — sometimes condoms break. If you’re concerned you may have STDs, ARCpoint Labs offers comprehensive STD testing. To learn more, contact any location today.

 

 

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Trojan Condoms’ Sexual Health Report Card: How Does Your Alma Mater Rank?


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For the second year in a row, Oregon State University earned the number one spot on the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, according to the annual survey sponsored by Trojan Brand Condoms and conducted by Speriling’s BestPlaces. The study the state of sexual health among American universities to light by ranking each school according to its accessibility to sexual health resources.

West Coast Schools Come out on Top

Oregon State made a meteoric rise from 25 to number one. The survey ranks considers things like condom  and contraceptive accessibility, outreach programs and student peer groups and sexual health website quality and the quality of sexual health information.

“With an unparalleled network of enthusiastic student peer groups with interesting and engaging programs, Oregon State University is a leader in campus sexual health resources,” said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s BestPlaces. “The school’s dedication to improving its offerings to students allows it to come out on top of the rankings for the second year in a row.”

The Top 10 Sexually Healthy Schools

  1. Oregon State University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Georgia
  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  5. Brown University
  6. University of Oregon
  7. University of Iowa
  8. Columbia University in the City of New York
  9. The University of Texas At Austin
  10. University of Arizona

Schools with Work to Do

Some schools in the top 50 have made impressive strides to offer their students sexual health resources. Cornell University jumped from 58 to 2014 to 16 in 2015. Others, however, have made no improvements or even dropped in rank. Purdue dropped from number 57 to 120. Brigham Young University has been at the very bottom of the list for three years running, and have been last only to Troy State University and Providence College.

Sexual Health Resources

ARCpoint Labs takes sexual health seriously, and so should you. To learn more about STD prevention or testing, contact any location today.

 

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Steps to Improve Your Sexual Health

In the new year, the focus is often on losing weight.

While it’s always admirable to take care of this aspect of your health, there’s an underlooked part of personal wellness that should also be considered: sexual health.

Most people don’t think of their sexual health until there is an issue. By focusing on your sexual health in the new year, you can prevent problems from emerging.

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How Can Condoms Protect Against STDs?

If you’ve ever taken sex ed, then you might remember that condoms can protect against certain STDs. But when it comes to your sexual health, a hazy memory isn’t enough — you should be informed about the specifics on condom use and sexually transmitted diseases.

ARCpoint Labs is sharing all you should know about how condoms protect against STDs.

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Ways to Prevent STDs

According to a study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, more than 110 million people in the United States alone have sexually transmitted diseases, and 20 million more people get new infections every year. Not only are the physical and personal effects of these STDs astronomical–the lifetime cost of treating 20 million additional STDs per year is $16 billion! There are easy ways to prevent STDs, which makes these facts even harder to swallow.

Imagine the medical and monetary benefits if we focused on ways to prevent STDs. With the right education, people can understand how to change their sexual behaviors and prevent STDs. Read to learn more about how to protect yourself and your sexual partner(s) and prevent STDs.

Prevent STDs by…

Always wearing a condom or dental dam.

Ways to Prevent STDs | ARCPoint LabsCondoms act as barriers to stop blood, semen, or vaginal fluids from passing between people during sex and thus prevent STDs. If your partner is infected with HIV, bodily fluids like these contain the virus, and if you are having unprotected sex, the HIV can spread to you.

Although even a condom does not prevent STDs 100%, risks are greatly reduced if you use the condom properly. Use the FDA’s condom shopping guide to pick the right protection for you, then be sure to store your condoms correctly, use a new condom every time you have sex, and follow the instructions for proper condom use. Get educated on condom use and prevent STDs!

You can also prevent STDs by properly wearing a dental dam when having oral sex with your partner. They work similarly, preventing the spread of fluids from genitals to oral cavities.

Getting yourself & your partner(s) tested.

Before you commit to having sex with someone–no matter how long you’ve known them or how much you trust them–it’s a good idea to go and get tested together and prevent STDs. You or your partner could unknowingly have an STD from a past sexual encounter. For this method to work effectively you must be willing to have an open discussion about your sexual histories. If you are both committed to staying open and healthy, it will be easier to prevent STDs. Check out the ARCPoint lab near you to get a private, low-cost STD test for you and your partner.

Getting treated or vaccinated.

Vaccination is another way to prevent STDs from spreading, though not all sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented using this method. Hepatitis B and HPV are some of the STDs that can be prevented by the use of vaccine. Most infants are vaccinated for Hepatitis B at birth, while HPV vaccination is recommended for males and females ages 11 to 26. Getting vaccinated will help prevent STDs.

If you or your partner exhibits any signs of sexually transmitted diseases such as sores in around the genitals or pain while passing urine, be sure seek medical attentions and adhere to the treatment prescribed by a doctor. Getting treated will lessen your chances of re-infection, stop the spread, and prevent STDs.

Prevent STDs today

Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent STDs–but if you follow the above tips for safe sexual interactions, you will still be able to enjoy intercourse with your partner and prevent STDs.

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Sexual Health Myths

Your doctor is the best source of information about your sexual health. So, why do you trust rumors, social media or the new friend you made at that party last Friday?

Everything you hear about sexual health is not true.

Some myths about sexual health refuse to die down. To combat those pesky rumors and ongoing myths, we’ve put together a list of three common myths and the facts that debunk them.

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Sexual Health Myths Debunked

Sexual Health Myth #1 – Women need a pap smear when they turn 18

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised the recommendation for Pap tests. The test is recommended for women who have been sexually active for about three years, or when they turn 21.

An early Pap test probably won’t be particularly harmful. However, the anticipation of the test may make young women uncomfortable and less likely to ask questions. The recommendation for tests to begin at age 21 is safe.

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STD Prevention: The Basic Facts

If you’ve looked at our blog at all, you know what STD stands for. You probably also know that sexually transmitted diseases denote those health conditions dealing with one’s genital and reproductive organs and biological systems. They can make a partner vulnerable for possible infection.

You knew all that. But, did you know that in the USA, nearly 19 million people get infected with sexually transmitted diseases every year? These diseases spread quickly. It is important to take preventive measures.

STD Prevention Basic Facts for Preventing STDs

To prevent STDs you do not need to give up having sex forever. You do, however, need to be aware of your sexual health and take precautions.

Have a look at the basic preventive measures below:

Vaccinations

Make sure to get Hepatitis B and HPV vaccinations as they are highly effective methods of prevention.

Single Partner Commitment

Learning to stay committed to a single partner will reduce your risk of STDs. Having sexual contact with multiple partners makes your more vulnerable to STDs. So, being sexually active with one partner will reduce your risk of infection. Mutual monogamy is important since an uninfected partner can ensure zero infection of sexually transmitted diseases. Staying honest with your partner is helpful in preventing STD.

Protection

Using contraceptives and other forms of birth control are often helpful in preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Use condoms every time you have sex to reduce STD transmission.

If you notice symptoms

If you notice symptoms, it is time to consult with your doctor. If you or your partner develops any symptom of an STD or are concerned with potential symptoms, it is best to refrain from having sex until you consult a doctor.

Symptoms And The Importance Of Prevention:

STDs not only cause health symptoms, but they also can be life threatening. Take preventive measures seriously. When you notice any of the following symptoms, it is time to get tested and consult with a doctor. Remember that some STDs don’t have noticeable symptoms. You should be tested regularly.

  • irregular discharge
  • sores in genital area
  • burning or itching sensation
  • bleeding or redness in genital area

 

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