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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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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 Increases Men’s STD Risk?

Today marks the start of National Men’s Health Week, a time for men (and women!) to learn more about men’s health risks and their prevention strategies, detection, and treatment.

To celebrate this important awareness week and help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, we’re sharing information on what increases men’s STD risk.

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Reducing STD Rates in Your Community

June 1 – 7 is celebrated as Community Health Improvement Week across the United States. It’s a time for you to get involved with your area’s health and wellness efforts, including lowering STD rates in your community.

How can you help prevent the spread of STDs in your area? Here are our tips for stopping the rise of STD rates in your community.

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The Basics on Hepatitis

You might know that May is Hepatitis Awareness Month — but do you know the basics on hepatitis, including tips for prevention?

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump right into the details.

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Older Americans: STDs Are Your Problem, Too

STDs. Most people associate those four letters with younger generations. Partying, bed-hopping, and unsafe sex practices lead to STDs, right? Those aren’t behaviors associated with older people, so it’s thought that adults needn’t be concerned with STDs and their repercussions.

Research has shown that these assumptions aren’t the truth, and that they can actually be dangerous, as they can lead to higher rates of STDs among adults.

Here’s why you should still care about STD prevention, even if you don’t think they affect you.

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Is an HIV Cure on the Horizon?

Three years ago, just 30 hours after her birth, doctors gave a newborn girl high doses of three antiretroviral drugs designed to treat her HIV infection. Although she has been off the medication for almost two years, the girl’s infection has yet to resurface – a fact that scientists are calling a breakthrough in HIV treatment.

Now, a second child’s success is pointing toward a possible HIV cure, raising hope that this potentially fatal STD won’t continue to be spread during birth.

How did doctors come upon this treatment? Here are all the details about the promising HIV cure.

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Men & Women: Do You Know When to Get STD Testing?

We’ve declared March the time to focus on cleaning up your body and taking control of your health. This not only includes eating healthier, exercising more, and cluing yourself in to your health risk factors, but also monitoring your sexual health.

Sure, you may know why it’s important to get tested for STDs, but do you know when you should get STD testing? We’re sharing the details below.

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Student Health & Safe Sex: Why College Students Need STD Testing

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re focusing on healthy relationships this month, starting with college students. Although Trojan’s 2013 report card reveals that some colleges are excelling in terms of sexual health, overall STDs are still on the rise among college-aged adults.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that gonorrhea and chlamydia rates are highest among 15 and 24-year olds, at 58% and 69% respectively. Overall, gonorrhea cases have risen 4.1% since 2011, and chlamydia 0.7% since 2011.

If these rates aren’t alarming enough, consider that they only include self-reported cases — meaning that thousands of STD infections could be slipping through the cracks. With serious long-term consequences at stake — including infertility, higher risk of HIV, and even death — it’s key that college-aged adults understand the importance of STD testing.

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How to treat gonorrhea

Think you have gonorrhea (also known as “The Clap?”) You’re not the only one. It’s estimated that over 700,000 individuals have this STD. The bad news: it can be embarrassing, painful and pesky. The good news: it’s treatable.

Do you have gonorrhea?

Just to recap – gonorrhea can impact both guys and gals. “Boy parts” and “girl parts” are typically the organs effected, however it can also impact other parts of the body, too. Here are some of the most common symptoms of gonorrhea:

Gonorrhea Symptoms – in men

penis discharge, burning urination with increased urge and frequency, testicle pain, swelling, fever

Gals Gonorrhea Symptoms – in women

painful urination with a strong urge to “go”, creamy or bloody discharge, abnormal bleeding, bleeding and pain during sex, swelling and tenderness near the vagina

Think you have gonorrhea? Get a confidential, private STD test from your local lab.

Treating gonorrhea

treating-gonorrhea-with-shotJust last week the CDC urged a new plan for the treatment of gonorrhea. Physicians are being urged to use a two-part treatment plan involving a shot and oral medication. Previous dependence on the antibiotic cefixime is losing effectiveness.

Read more about the CDCs recommendations for treating gonorrhea

Receiving an STD test and receiving proper treatment if results come back positive are important. For one, it can alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and help you feel better. And two, it can reduce the risk of medical complications down the line. Did we mention if gonorrhea goes untreated it can cause major problems like infertility?

Nobody likes the idea of being treated for gonorrhea. Or getting a shot. However with our health … and future families … at stake – there’s really not an option. Make sure to chat with your doctor about receiving the most up-to-date approach to treating gonorrhea in the event you have the virus. And whatever you do – make it a priority to get tested if any concerning symptoms occur.



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