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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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Doctors are Overprescribing Antibiotics for Possible STDs. Here’s Why It’s a Problem.

There are a number of factors that prevent doctors from correctly diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases.

First, there’s the fact that many people may have STDs without presenting symptoms, meaning STD tests aren’t ordered and performed.

Second, there are individuals who may suspect an STD, but might be too embarrassed to ask their primary healthcare provider about their symptoms.

Third, there are cases when other infections, like urinary tract infections, can be mistaken for an STD — and when treatment is provided, it actually affects a patient’s ability to fight off any future STDs.

Today we’re taking a closer look at the third phenomenon.

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Men’s Sexual Health: Basics on STD Prevention 

When it comes to your sexual health, STD prevention tops the list. After all, you don’t want to be a man with a sexually transmitted disease, right?

Before you engage in risky behavior, there are some things you need to know about STD prevention. It will help make STD prevention better and easier.

In honor of Men’s Health Month, check out a few ways to protect your sexual health and the sexual health of your partner.

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The Lowdown on Hepatitis (for Hepatitis Awareness Month)

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and that means it’s the perfect time to learn more about this disease, its transmission and the ways to prevent it.

With this information, more people can protect themselves against this potentially dangerous STD.

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What to Do When You Find Out You Have an STD

So, your suspicions were correct. You’ve been tested for an STD and received positive results.

As humiliating as it might seem to hear such news, it carries a certain level of responsibility that you now must take on.

There are some things you need to do to protect yourself and others against additional STDs in the future. Here’s what you need to do when you find out you have an STD.

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Educating Others During STI Awareness Month

April is National STI Awareness Month. Part of prevention is educating the public of the risks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

It’s especially important to target young men and women ages 15-24 years of age as well as gay and bisexual men who have sex with other men because they are at the greatest risk.

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How to Keep Your Cold Sores from Spreading

Has an unsightly cold sore kept you from leaving the house? Do you want to learn ways to prevent the virus from spreading? If you do, there are some easy options for you to try.

The herpes simplex virus — also known as cold sores and fever blisters — often appear on the face, normally around the lips, nose, cheeks, chin, and even the inside of a person’s mouth. The virus is easily spread to other parts of the body as well as other people because there is no known treatment.

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Spring Break & STDs: The Hidden Dangers

Spring break and sex are synonymous. Students wanting to let loose and experience new things often take to the streets and beaches in the hottest destinations for a week of endless fun, adventure, and casual sexual encounters.

They pack their bathing suits, swim trunks, and sunscreen but many forget to bring condoms which is why the risk of getting STDs on spring break is higher.

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STD Testing & Collegiate Health

When kids go off to college, the opportunities can be limitless. College is a whirlwind of learning, cramming for exams, making new friends and gaining new experiences. However, many of these new experiences aren’t related to school. College students drink alcohol at record rates and often have casual romantic and sexual relationships with many different people. While technically they are adults, college students have not yet reached full maturity in the brain when it comes to making decisions. That means that they often don’t think about the risks associated with their behavior.

STDs on College Campuses

Estimates suggest that about one in four college students have an STD, and half of the new cases of STDs each year occur in individuals between the ages of 15 and 24. Clearly STDs are a problem on college campuses. Why? As we said before, even though college students are adults under the law, in many ways they are still just kids. As smart as they may be, certain parts of maturity, including risk assessment and decision making, are still not fully developed. Another aspect is the lack of education about STD prevention. It is essential for college students to understand the risks associated with unprotected sex and to understand how to minimize those risks.

STD Testing for Better Collegiate Health

STD infections are preventable diseases. The CDC recommends that all sexually active college students get STD testing in order to be more informed about their own health and to prevent spreading STDs to their partners. Getting tested is the first step in preventing the spread of STDs, because without STD testing you may be spreading an STD without even realizing it. Furthermore, getting STD testing also helps college students to get the treatments they need. Getting tested on a yearly basis is a good place to start.

ARCpoint Labs provides STD testing nationwide for college students and others. Protect yourself and your partner today by finding your nearest ARCpoint Labs location for STD testing.

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Do You Know How Often You Should Get STD Testing?

Estimates show that about one in four people in the U.S. have had an STD at one time. STD vary in symptoms and effects, and while many can be cured through the use of antibiotics or other treatments, there are other STDs that have no cure. For example, HIV, genital warts, and herpes cannot be cured. Other curable STDs like syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis can result in serious complications if not detected and treated promptly. So, what can you do to protect yourself from contracting an STD? STD testing is an essential first step.

STD Testing Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that getting STD testing is one of the most important things any individual can do to protect his or her health, and they give a set of basic guidelines for how often individuals should get tested. They recommend that all individuals aged 13 to 64 get tested at least once for HIV. Sexually active adults under age 25 should also get annual testing for common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. For those who have unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners, more frequent STD testing every three to six months is recommended. Also, for individuals who share injection drug equipment or have unprotected sex, it is recommended to get HIV testing at least once a year.

It is also important to openly and honestly discuss your sexual habits with your doctor so that your doctor can make more specific recommendations for how often you should be getting STD testing. If you are a sexually active individual but have never gotten tested for STDs, for the sake of your health and that of your partner, make an appointment to get tested today.

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ARCpoint Labs provides STD testing at our many lab facilities across the U.S. Find your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today and schedule your STD test.

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