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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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STDs & Birth Defects: What Every Expectant (or Hopeful) Mother Should Know

 

January is Birth Defects Prevention month — a good time for expecting parents to be reminded of the risks that sexually transmitted diseases pose to infants.

Read on to see what STDs pose risk of birth defects, and how you can prevent them.

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9 Diseases on the Rise

In a Harvard University study conducted in 2013, data showed that Americans are living longer and healthier before. The study concluded that declining tobacco use and medical advancements. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, 14 diseases have been cropping up recently and becoming more and more prevalent.

Chlamydia

The sexually transmitted disease (STD), chlamydia is a bacteria, and it’s increased by 58.8 percent in the last 10 years. Chlamydia particularly affects the female reproductive system.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea, another STD is also on the rise. Reports of it have increased 17.8 percent in the last five years.

Syphilis

Cases of the STD syphilis have increased by over 150 percent in the past five years. It’s dangerous because it can be asymptomatic for a long time, but can end up damaging organs in the long run.

Plague

The bubonic plague wreaked havoc on Medieval Europe, and it was thought to be all but gone. However, 15 cases surfaced in 2015.

Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that has increased by 63.3 percent in the last five years.

Infant Botulism

The bacteria are contracted through contamination and causes constipation and droopy eyelids. At its worst it can cause paralysis.

E.coli

E.coli is a gut bacteria that has several harmless strains, but it can turn dangerous. The past 10 years have shown a 472 percent increase.

Whooping Cough

There is a vaccine available for whooping cough, but despite the medical community’s best efforts, reports of the disease have increased by over 145 percent over the last 10 years.

Melanoma

The most common type of skin cancer experienced an 18.3 percent rise in the last 10 years.

Be Informed

ARCpoint Labs nationwide can provide accurate, confidential STD testing services, including testing for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

We also offer a variety of vaccines including for whooping cough.

To learn more about our services, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today!

 

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Syphilis Growing Resistant to Antibiotics

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While STDs are never convenient — and some can cause complications that prove fatal — if they are caught early enough, sexually transmitted diseases can usually be treated.

That’s why it’s essential that you don’t delay STD testing. When you choose not to get tested, you could be making yourself more vulnerable to health risks that could be avoidable.

The problem, though, is that now some strains of STDs are growing resistant to antibiotics, including gonorrhea and now, syphilis.

Here are the details on syphilis and antibiotic resistance.

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STD Rates Rising Among Military Population

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Data from the Military Times shows that STDs are rising among members of the U.S. military.

In just the past month, the Navy has reported nine new cases of syphilis, matching the number of giardia, Lyme disease, and salmonella combined. This is indicative of the overall prevalence of the disease in the U.S. Military as a whole.

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Why STD Testing? Just Ask California About Their Syphilis Problem

Syphilis has been around since the 15th century. For much of the time since then, syphilis was incurable. Thousands of people died from it after suffering dementia, blindness, deafness and paralysis. The development of penicillin made it possible to cure syphilis, but results of STD testing show that the disease is still a problem.

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There are 110 Million STDs Circulating. Don’t Catch One of Them!

You may have heard the familiar statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — there are 20 million new cases of STDs each year. But there’s a more startling figure, revealing that the number of infections out there at any given moment is much higher — a staggering 110 million!

This number is soaring because many STDs can persist without symptoms, so people aren’t able to pursue the right treatment or preventative measures, and end up inadvertently spreading the disease.

Here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself from three common STDs.

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What STDs Are Spread Through Blood?

You probably already know that STDs are transmitted through sexual contact. But did you know that some STDs can be transmitted through contact with blood?

Join ARCpoint Labs today as we share important information about bloodborne viruses (BBVs). We’ll also look at ways that you can protect yourself.

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STDs & Pregnancy: How Your Sexual Health Affects Your Baby

When you’re pregnant, it’s important more than ever to take good care of your body. You’re providing the environment for your baby to develop, and it’s your responsibility to eat well, drink lots of water, abstain from drugs and alcohol, arm yourself against infections, and follow appropriate dietary restrictions.

One aspect of pregnant womens’ health that can sometimes get overlooked, however, is their sexual health. Pregnant women can get STDs or experience an inflammation of a previous STD, and the results can be life-threatening for both the pregnant mother and her child.

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CDC Reports 2012 STD Rates on the Rise

Each year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) releases its report revealing past STD rates, patterns, and observations. This January 2014, the full 2012 STD report came out, revealing that STD rates are on the rise nationally.

By viewing and understanding these STD rates, health care providers can predict trends for the upcoming year, helping them better adjust treatment plans and educational outreach.

How did STD rates change from 2011 to 2012? And what are some steps to prevent the spread of STDs, according to the CDC? Here are the facts.

2012 STD Rates

Because data on other STDs such as herpes, trichomoniasis, and human papillomavirus (HPV) often go unreported, the CDC’s 2012 report focuses on chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Despite their higher report rates, many cases of these STDs also go undiagnosed and thus unreported — which means that the CDC’s report reveals only a hint of the reality of STDs in America.

STD Rates on the Rise

Compared to 2011, the 2012 STD rates all increased except for congenital syphilis:

  • ARCpoint Labs | CDC Reports 2012 STD Rates on the RiseChlamydia: 1,422,976 cases reported in 2012 compared to 1,412,791 in 2011, with the STD rates per 100,000 people increased by 0.7%
  • Gonorrhea: 334,826 cases reported in 2012 compared to 321,849 in 2011, with the STD rates per 100,000 people increased by 4.1% in the third consecutive year of rising rates
  • Syphilis (primary & secondary): 15,667 cases reported in 2012 compared to 13,970 in 2011 with the STD rates per 100,000 people increased 11.1%
  • Syphilis (congenital): 322 cases reported in 2012 compared to 360 in 2011, with the STD rates per 100,000 people decreased by 10%

Groups With the Highest STD rates

STDs can infect anyone, but according to the 2012 data, the following STD rates are highest among certain groups.

Syphilis

Men who have sex with men (MSM) have higher STD rates when it comes to syphilis, making up 75% of all people with the most infectious forms of syphilis (primary and secondary). When the disease in primary or secondary form goes untreated, it can lead to stroke and visual impairment, plus place the infected person at more risk for contracting HIV.

The CDC notes that risk behaviors such as unprotected sex do contribute to these higher levels of syphilis, but also that social factors like lower economic status and the prevalence of homophobia may prevent gay, bisexual, and MSM from seeking treatment for the disease. To stop these rising STD rates, we should focus on eliminating the social stigma linked with syphilis, and also encourage all sexually active gay, bisexual, and MSM to be screened for syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV at least yearly.

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia

Like in previous years, the 2012 CDC data on STD rates reveals that gonorrhea and chlamydia are most prevalent among Americans ages 15 – 24. Though both young adult men and women are affected by these soaring STD rates, the long-term repercussions are felt more heavily among women who run the risk of infertility due to undiagnosed STDs.

To combat these climbing STD rates, the CDC suggests yearly chlamydia screenings for sexually active women age 25 and under, plus gonorrhea screenings for at-risk women who are sexually active — for example, women with multiple sexual partners, or women who live in areas with high STD rates.

Fight Rising STD Rates With ARCpoint Labs

Worried you may be at risk for STD infection? Combat the inflating STD rates by getting confidential, reliable walk-in STD testing from your local ARCpoint Labs. We offer individual STD testing as well as comprehensive STD panels to detect a variety of diseases.

To lower your risk of STD rates, find the nearest ARCpoint Labs that offers STD testing!

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