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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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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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STDs & Summer Vacation: Prevention & Sexual Health

Sometimes, the warm summer weather causes people to lose their inhibitions and engage in risky sexual behavior.

Rather than become a statistic and catch one of many STDs, it’s advisable to use caution and protection while vacationing this year. With school and work obligations put on hold, there is no reason not to be social.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be cautious when it comes to STDs and sexual partners. If you meet someone that you want to have intercourse with, you need to do the following to protect yourself as well as the other person from STDs.

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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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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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STDs You Can Get from Kissing

 Most people know that sexually transmitted diseases are passed on — well — sexually; but what many individuals fail to confront is that kissing is included as one of the sexual activities that can result in an infection.
We’re sharing some of the STDs that can be transmitted via one liplock.

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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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Preventative Measures Against STDs

 

According to The American Journal of Medicine, more than half of the population will have an STD at some point in time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last fall that rates of STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all had a significant increase in 2014. The report caused some doctors to point to an increasing STD epidemic in the U.S. However, this epidemic is preventable. There are several steps individuals can take to protect themselves and their partners from STD infection.

Safe Sex

According to the CDC, the consistent and correct use of a latex condom is one of the most reliable ways to prevent against STD infection for those who are sexually active. Condoms are most effective against STDs that are spread by genital fluids, like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. However, condoms are less effective against STDs that are spread by skin-to-skin contact, like herpes, HPV, and syphilis.

Reducing Sexual Partners

The most effective method of STD prevention is to abstain from sex entirely. However, reducing the number of sexual partners is also an effective way to reduce risk of infection. Staying with one uninfected sexual partner is a reliable way to prevent an STD infection, however it is essential that both you and your partner have first tested negative for STDs and are mutually monogamous.

Vaccination & STD Testing

Certain STDs, like HPV, can be protected against through vaccination. Getting vaccinated before sexual exposure is a reliable measure to take to prevent infection with HPV. STD testing is another way to prevent the spread of STDs. The CDC recommends that those who are sexually active get tested once a year. Ask any new partners to get tested before intercourse. Informing yourself about your and your partner’s health is one of the most effective methods of STD prevention.

If you need discreet and reliable STD testing visit your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today! No doctor’s orders or appointment is required. 

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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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STD Dictionary: Letters A Through M

STD Dictionary

The first step in securing your sexual health is having the right knowledge.

In this two-part blog series, we are defining some of the key terms you should know when it comes to STDs, starting with the beginning of the alphabet.

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