Should Your PCP Take a Sexual Health History?

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Meeting with your primary care physician (PCP) can be intimidating, awkward, and nerve-wracking. This is especially true for your first visit with a new PCP. What tests and procedures should you expect your PCP to initiate, and which should you ask for?

A recent study shows that many PCPs don’t take a complete sexual health history with first-time patients. A complete sexual health history is a documented discussion of “sexual partners, sexual practices, pregnancy prevention, protection from sexually transmitted infections (STI), and past history of STIs.”

The study reported that only 1.08% of patients received a full sexual history exam. 33.92% of visits had partial histories, and the remaining 65% of visits had no sexual history exam. Additionally, females are less likely than men to receive a complete history, as well as older patients vs. younger patients.

Although PCPs should have STD and sexual health history on their radar, it’s often pushed to the side. This could be for many reasons, such as other health needs or other tests that might need to be done. No matter the situation, it’s always best to establish a pattern of routine STD testing with your PCP–even if that means you must be the one to bring it up.

Watch this video to learn more about STD testing:

And of course, Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

How Do I Talk to My Partner About STDs?

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Telling your partner your sexual health history and asking them theirs can be scary, awkward, or uncomfortable. But it doesn’t have to be! With the right plan, this conversation can to a deeper relationship with your partner.

First, talk sooner rather than later. Waiting until intimacy begins has a greater potential for damaging the relationship instead of discussing the matter upfront. Don’t hesitate, waiting for the “right” moment–plan for the right moment! Let your partner know that you’d like to talk about each of your sexual health histories.

Next, know what will make you feel comfortable and confident about entering an intimate relationship. Some people are trusting in taking their partners at their word. But if you’re uneasy, request documentation from your partner’s most recent STD exam.

Finally, do your best to remove emotions from the conversation. Keep it to the facts about each of your sexual health histories and present circumstances. It’s also a good idea to ask if your partner is presently seeing anyone else. When in the context of potential STD exposure, your partner is free to share.

For more advice on talking with your partner about sexual health history, watch the video below:

Regardless of your partner’s answers, it’s best to be regularly tested for STDs. That’s where we come in!

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

CDC Estimates Thousands of Undetected STDs

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At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many sexual health clinics altered their provided services and even temporarily closed their doors. But that was just the beginning. Finding sexual healthcare became even more challenging when hospitals and primary care providers limited visits to emergencies. Local health clinics were recruited to help with COVID-19 testing.

Months later, many health clinics have resumed regular operating hours. Individuals can once again receive non-emergent healthcare from hospitals and primary care physicians. But the CDC now estimates that tens of thousands of sexually transmitted diseases have gone undetected, specifically gonorrhea and chlamydia.

This is important for two reasons.

First, many health clinics and physicians may experience testing shortages because so many testing resources have been diverted to COVID-19 testing. For this reason, the CDC has advised physicians to ration testing kits and prioritize at-risk patients.

Secondly, STD rates will continue to climb. STDs can only be effectively treated with antibiotics, but in order to be treated, individuals must be tested. STD rates were already at an all-time high before COVID-19, and now months have passed without aggressive testing and treatment.

Where does this leave us?

Everyone can use safe sex practices during intercourse. This will dramatically cut down on the spread of disease.

But everyone should also seek to be routinely tested. This not only stops the spread of disease, but it also heals those with an STD to prevent future health effects. Learn more about the importance of testing below:

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Pediatricians Call for Easy Condom Access for Teens

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Teens get creative when it comes to preventing pregnancy and STDs, using items such as garbage bags and plastic wrap as make-shift protection. Obviously, these haven’t been safe or effective measures, and now STD and STI rates are skyrocketing amongst adolescents.

“Adolescents and young adults account for more than 50% of new STI diagnoses, despite being only about 25% of the sexually active population,” Dr. Laura Grubb said.

Additionally, adolescents are responsible for 1 in 5 new HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) diagnoses in the United States. With such startling numbers, pediatricians are calling for easy access to condoms for their patients.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports the provision of low-cost barrier methods. Grubb approves, as well. She adds, “There is no evidence that providing contraception to adolescents makes them more sexually active or promotes risky behavior. In fact, comprehensive evidence-based sexuality education results in adolescents delaying sexual behavior, using contraception at first intercourse, and having less sexual partners at a young age.”

Although the also approves of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to prevent unwanted pregnancies in teen girls, these do not prevent the transmission of STDs. Therefore, it is critical that no matter what method of contraceptive teens use (birth control pills, LARCs, IUDs, and others), they must be taught about the importance of condom use. This establishes the importance of safe sex practices and prevents the spread of STDs.

To learn more about talking with teens about safe sex and STDs, watch the video below:

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How Koalas Are Helping Fight Against Chlamydia

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An unlikely critter can help scientists learn more about the effects of chlamydia in humans.

Most scientific studies are done on mice or rats, but scientists have found a striking similarity between the effects of chlamydia in koalas and in humans. The chlamydia bacteria in koalas is very similar to the one found in humans. Studying–and eradicating–chlamydia in koalas may also be the breakthrough for the human race.

Chlamydia can be very damaging for koalas. Symptoms include severe inflammation, massive cysts, and scarring of the reproductive tract. “[The] scarring and chronic inflammation leads to infertility, topic pregnancies or possible pelvic inflammatory disease,” said Ken Beagley, a professor of immunology at Queensland University of Technology.

Scientists are now on the hunt to save koalas from chlamydia. This is done by giving a chlamydia vaccine to koalas and observe how the vaccine does in real conditions. Their findings will be helpful in developing a vaccine for humans. Watch more about what scientists are doing to save koalas in this video:

Until a vaccine is developed, it’s important to always practice safe sex by using condoms during intercourse. Part of protecting your own sexual health and the health of others also includes routine STD testing, and that’s where Private Testing Center can help!

Private Testing Center offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

When Should I Worry About Vaginal Odor?

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Let’s cut through the stigma surrounding normal body functions women find embarrassing and talk about something every woman has experienced: vaginal odor.

When is it normal, and when should you worry?

Most of the time, vaginal odor is normal. It’s also normal for vaginal odor to change from day to day. Factors involved in vaginal odor fluctuation include hormones, menstrual cycle, and sexual intercourse. Even foods like coffee and onions can alter the smell of vaginal secretions! So rest easy, your body is just doing what it’s supposed to!

While its good to know odor isn’t cause for worry, vaginal odor can make you feel uncomfortable. Is there a secret to keeping your vagina smelling fresh?

The good news is your vagina is pretty low-maintenance. Besides practicing regular hygiene, your vagina is skilled at keeping itself clean. Doctors even recommend not performing extra-hygienic practices such as douching. 

There are instances in which vaginal odor should be concerning. STDs, STIs, Rectovaginal Fistula, bacterial infections, and vaginal or cervical cancer can also cause vaginal odor. However, vaginal odor is one of the many symptoms of these diseases. For instance, women experience painful urination, bleeding between periods, and abdominal or pelvic pain when they have contracted gonorrhea.

Watch the following video to learn more about vaginal health.

If you have any questions, always consult your doctor. And if you are concerned about an STD, Private Testing Center is here for you!

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Montreal’s STD Rates on the Rise Despite Lockdown

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As much of the world continues to live in social isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, health officials in Montreal have noticed an uptick in STD rates, especially among adults aged 20-29. Authorities believe it is this age group that is driving the resurgence of COVID-19 in Montreal.

COVID-19 is not an STD, although the disease has been detected in the semen of men who have or are recovering from the illness. While COVID-19 can be transmitted during sex, the transmission most likely takes place in the social practices that take place before sex, such as in crowded bars or house parties.

Now more than ever, it is time to be safe–both to slow the spread of COVID-19 and STDs. Many health officials recommend only engaging in sexual activity with your live-in partner, and limiting hook-ups.

And as always, practicing safe sex will reduce your risk of STD infection. The CDC recommends:

  • Individuals ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
  • Sexually active women younger than 25 years should be tested yearly for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Women 25 years and older with new or multiple sex partners or a sex partner who has an STD should also be tested yearly for gonorrhea and chlamydia.
  • Pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B starting early in pregnancy, and at-risk pregnant women should additionally be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea starting early in pregnancy.
  • Sexually active gay and bisexual men should be tested at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Those who have multiple or anonymous partners should be tested more frequently for STDs (i.e., at 3- to 6-month intervals).
  • Sexually active gay and bisexual men should test for HIV every 3 to 6 months.
  • Anyone who has unprotected sex or shares injection drug equipment should be tested for HIV at least once a year.

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Marked Rise in STIs Rates amongst This Age Group

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STDs and STIs tend to be attributed to younger age groups as a consequence of promiscuous or risky sexual behavior. Evidence now shows that this is not the case, and there’s another at-risk age group that is often brushed aside.

Perhaps surprisingly, older Americans (aged 55 and older) are less likely than younger age groups to use condoms or take other precautionary measures during sex. As a result, this age group has experienced the greatest jump in confirmed cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, compared to all other age groups.

Additionally, the lack of safe sex practices puts older Americans at a higher risk for contracting other STDs, such as HIV and herpes. 17% of newly-diagnosed HIV cases in 2017 were for those 55 or older. Many of these were late-stage diagnoses, meaning that significant (and preventable) damage had already been done to major organ systems.  Watch this video to learn more:

What can we learn from these numbers?

STDs and STIs can occur in any age group; those in older age groups cannot assume immunity from sexual infections. Regardless of age, it’s important to get tested frequently for STDs and STIs! This will not only slow the rate of infection and protect your partners, but it also keeps your body healthy against low-lying infections that can cause major damage down the road.

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Decline STD Cases in New York Due to COVID-19

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Decline STD Cases in New York Due to COVID-19

The social distancing measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 appear to have slowed the rate of STD infections, as well.

In New York City, the rate of confirmed STDs has plummeted by a staggering 80% since April 12.  “That’s what socially distancing will do,” said Dr. Kris Bungay, an internist with Gotham Medical Group in the West Village.

However, there is another side to these statistics. Due to social distancing, only one of the eight sexual health clinics in the area are open for in-person consults; all other appointments are via telehealth. Health officials estimate that New Yorkers are postponing STD and HIV testing—either from fear of COVID-19 or from poor testing accessibility. The following video shows how health officials are designated to track COVID-19 cases:

This shouldn’t be the case! STDs can significantly impact your health, so you shouldn’t ignore any signs or suspicions of an STD. And at Private Testing Center, there’s no need to wait until a health clinic re-opens—you can get same-day testing!

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

HIV Infection Rates Could Increase Due to COVID-19

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Lockdowns around the globe may serve in containing the spread of COVID-19. It has also curbed the rate of STD and STI infections, as many people are practicing social distancing and wary of close personal contact, especially for casual hook-ups. The following video gives details on guidelines for intercourse during this time:

Some scientists are concerned that the lowered rate of infection is due to a decrease in reported cases. Many health clinics are closed due to the pandemic, which means fewer individuals are able to be tested and therefore, fewer cases reported.

Epidemiologists such as Travis Sanchez at Emory University warn that the pandemic could cause a surge in HIV cases as it goes unchecked for an untold period of time. Not only would there be an increase of cases, but infected individuals are unable to receive necessary care to prevent the damaging effects of HIV.

However, Private Testing Center is always available for your testing needs! We have remained open during the pandemic while many testing centers have closed. If you have sex with a new partner, are experiencing signs and symptoms of an STD, or simply want the peace of mind from test results, we are here for you!

Private Testing Center offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

COVID-19 Could Lead to Increase in STI Stigma, Shame

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The COVID-19 pandemic is putting hookups on hold all around the globe. As scientists still grapple with how COVID-19 is spread, most people aren’t taking chances and have stopped having sleeping around. As this video reports, one recent study has found COVID-19 in semen:

Doctors are hopeful for this downward trend in STI infections, encouraging everyone to get tested for STDs before resuming their normal sexual practices.

“If we could test and treat everybody for their infections now, that would be a game-changer going forward as people slowly move towards normality,” said Dr. John McSorley, a sexual health doctor and president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

However, others are concerned that the break of sexual patterns could increase the stigma and shame associated with STDs and STIs. For years, health officials have been attempting to lower the stigma surrounding these infections through education and awareness in hopes that less shame will result in more testing and reduced infection rates.

With a renewed fear of viruses and infections, the pandemic could cause increased rejection and shame of those with STDs and STIs, crushing the progress made towards decreasing the stigma.

But there’s one thing that’s true regardless of lockdowns or pandemics: it is always best for your health to regularly check for STDs and STIs!

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

How Soon Should I Test for an STD?

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When it comes to safe sex, a condom will always give you the greatest protection from contracting an STD. But what happens if you’ve engaged in unprotected sex, especially with a new partner? Do you need to get tested for an STD, and if so, how soon after having unprotected sex?

Routine testing for STDs is one of the most effective measures to slow the spread of STDs. The Center for Disease Control recommends:

  • Individuals aged 13-64 be tested at least once for HIV.
  • Sexually active women younger than 25, and women older than 25 who are sexually active with a new or more than one partner be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year.
  • Sexually active gay and bisexual men should be tested for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea at least once a year, but if you have multiple or anonymous partners, test every 3 or 6 months.
  • Anyone who had unsafe sex, shared injection drug equipment, or is a sexually active gay or bisexual man should be tested for HIV at least once a year.

Marta Perez, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn in Missouri suggests getting tested for an STD within a week after unprotected sex. This is because certain infections need re-testing and some therapies can prevent the transmission. Watch this video to learn more:

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Should I Get Tested for an STD During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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If you’re paranoid about entering public places during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone! With social isolation recommendations (and increasing enforcement from governing officials), it can be scary to leave your house for anything other than groceries. Watch this video to learn why social isolation measures are in place:

But what happens if you start developing signs of an STD, or engaged in unsafe sex with a new partner during this time of social isolation? Is it safe to get tested for an STD?

STDs can significantly impact your health, so you shouldn’t ignore any signs or suspicions of an STD. It’s best to discuss your concerns with your doctor. For many physicians, appointments are available through Tele-Health, which allows you to have your questions answered without leaving your home. Your doctor can help you make an informed decision on STD testing.

Many testing centers are overwhelmed with COVID-19 tests, so test results may not be prompt. Further, testing materials such as swabs, tubes, and preservation liquid may not be readily available as these are being redirected to COVID-19 testing.

But Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Is It Safe to Have Sex During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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With strict social isolation guidelines in place throughout most of the country to slow the spread of COVID-19, millions of Americans are finding themselves at home for extended periods of time. Especially for those living with their partner, this extended time at home offers ample opportunities to be intimate.

But is it safe to have sex during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Until more data about transmission is collected, sex with any partner may be risky, even with a partner who lives at home. This is because COVID-19 is spread through contact and droplets in the air, and intimacy involves physical contact. Watch this video to learn about how COVID-19 is spread:

Risk is increased if you or your partner works outside the home and if you don’t abide by social isolation guidelines.

That being said, the safest sex is with a partner who lives at home. Having sex with multiple partners or a designated ‘COVID sex buddy’ is not recommended, as this can increase the spread of disease. Speak with your doctor about their recommendations for your situation.

If you need STD testing during the pandemic, Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Healthcare Focus Shifts from STDs to COVID-19

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Just a few months ago, many local health institutes were making strides towards accessible education, testing, and treatment for STDs and STIs in efforts to slow incidence rates. But as America experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases, much forward progress has been halted and STD rates are once again on the rise.

Dr. Christopher Hall, the chair of the clinical advisory committee of the National Coalition of STD Directors, explains that healthcare workers and supplies are being redeployed to battle COVID-19, which has significant effects on the STD community.

Across the country, STD clinics have had to significantly alter their testing protocols from fear of COVID-19 contamination. Some clinics have shut down completely while others have resorted to drive-thru style testing (similar to how testing is performed for COVID-19).

STD clinics are facing staffing shortages, which means fewer opportunities to test for STDs. Many clinics are choosing to not test with oral swabs due to fear of COVID-19 transmission from close proximity. It is also possible that in the near future, STD clinics may have testing materials such as swabs, tubes, and preservation liquid repurposed for COVID-19 testing, which leaves less resources for STD testing.

Watch this video to learn more about test shortages:

But Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

New Guidelines for Quality STD Prevention and Care

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STD rates have continued to rise over recent years. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) gives the most recent statistics from 2018: a staggering 20 million new cases reported in the United States alone! Here’s a short video on what you need to know about STDs:

Although STDs are prevalent among our society, the stigma behind carrying or previously having a STD discourages people from sharing this information–even with their doctor. The very people who can help them heal from a STD are often the last to know.

For this reason, Roxanne Y. Barrow, M.D., from the CDC in Atlanta, and a group of her colleagues have recently developed and published updated and evidence-backed recommendations for the prevention and care of STDs.

The recommendations are grouped into eight categories and have a logical flow depending on the findings of each patient’s case:

  1. Sexual history and physical examination: a questionnaire over the 5 P’s, a physical examination, and an anogenital examination for females should be completed at every annual physician’s exam.
  2. Prevention: appropriate education and access must be made for condom provision, vaccinations, emergency contraceptive pills, STD/HIV prevention counseling, PrEP for HIV, and nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis (nPEP) of HIV.
  3. Screening: timely and regular screening for STDs, HIV, trichomoniasis, cervical and anal cancer, and hepatitis will prevent the spread of disease, infertility, and other health complications.
  4. Partner services: notification, counseling, and care of sex partners, EPT, and assistance of the health department to identify and notify those who might be infected and require follow-up care.
  5. Evaluation of STD-related conditions: appropriate evaluation of the infected area.
  6. Laboratory: STD testing to officially confirm the STD(s).
  7. Treatment: upon STD confirmation, treatment must be delivered promptly so as to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
  8. Referral to a specialist for complex STD or STD-related conditions: if the STD case is beyond the scope of physician’s practice, the patient is to be referred to a specialist.

At Private Testing Center, we are here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

PrEP May Increase STD Rates

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It’s the medication success story that’s also a cover-up.

PrEP, standing for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a daily HIV-prevention medication for individuals at high risk for contracting HIV. The CDC reports PrEP has been highly effective for HIV prevention when taken daily. In fact, the drug is 99% effective against HIV exposure during intercourse and 74% effective against exposure from injection drugs. Watch this video to learn more:

Due to its high effectiveness, the drug has gained acceptance and praise from multiple societal sectors. And while this drug is a medical success and reduces the spread of harmful STDs, there’s a rising statistic that is too quickly passed over in the applause of PrEP’s success.

Because of PrEP and other medical advancements, HIV is no longer viewed as a death sentence like it was decades ago. Studies in Australia, San Francisco, and new statistics published by the CDC indicate that the “safety net” of PrEP is actually increasing rates of condomless sex and risky sexual behaviors.

“It’s the false reassurance that, ‘because I’m on PrEP, I don’t need condoms,’” said Oluwatosin Goje, the head of Reproductive Infectious Diseases Program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Even though PrEP is a success, experts urge that education on safe sex practices still needs to be pushed across all age groups. PrEP does not protect against other STDs, so these could be contracted and passed along in condomless sex. Individuals should still be tested for STDs, and honest communication about sexual health is still critical to reduce the spread of disease.

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Three Practices to Prevent STDs

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Three Practices to Prevent STDs

As the United States goes through another year of record-high STD rates, health officials are scrambling to find why the spread of disease continues and a way to curb the steady increase.

There are many reasons for the continued climb in STD rates. Sexual health practices have evolved in recent years, such as a decline in condom usage and an increase in drug use. Both of these lead to risky sexual choices.

STDs are often asymptomatic, and it could be weeks, months, or years before a person notices the signs of an STD.

Poverty levels can also attribute to disease. Without stable housing, access to health care, and decreased funding in STD programs, those living in poverty have little choices but to live with STDs.

Although STDs can be treated, they aren’t something to taken lightly. STDs can cause significant damage to yours or your partner’s body. The treatment to fight off the STD can also come with side effects. It’s better for everyone to follow three simple practices that can lower the spread of disease:

Talk. When the time is right—but definitely before intercourse—share your medical history with your partner. It may be uncomfortable at first, but this communication will aid your relationship in the long run. It’s also important to educate young adults on the importance of safe sex practices; watch this video to learn more:

Test. Regular testing is crucial to fighting the spread of disease! How often you should get tested depends on your sexual practices, but the CDC recommends at least once a year or after having sex with a new partner.

Treat. If you’ve been diagnosed with an STD, work with your physician to obtain appropriate treatment. Make sure to follow directions thoroughly; even if you feel better, you must take all medication in order to be rid of the STD!

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Back to the Basics

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STDs can be one of those topics that you hear a lot of scary news about but don’t really know what it is, how it can be transmitted, or if you have symptoms of an STD. So here’s a quick refresher so cover the basics of STDs, and the following video gives more detail:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are bacterial infections transmitted through sexual contact, direct contact with a lesion or sore, exposure to infected blood, vaginal discharge, or semen, and sharing needles.

Most STDs don’t have symptoms, or have common symptoms like nausea or fever that could be attributed to environmental factors. The individual may not know that they have an STD—easily passing it onto their next partner.

Some common STDs include:

  • chlamydia
  • crabs (pubic lice)
  • gonorrhea
  • hepatitis B
  • herpes
  • HIV
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • molluscum contagiosum
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • scabies
  • syphilis
  • trichomoniasis

Risk factors for contracting an STD include but are not limited to: unprotected sex, multiple partners, using drugs and/or alcohol while during intercourse, and sharing needles. Individuals can protect themselves from STDs by having a mutually monogamous relationship, using condoms, getting vaccinations, never sharing needles, and undergoing frequent STD testing.

An individual should always be tested for an STD when starting a new sexual relationship, has multiple sex partners, or has symptoms of an STD. The CDC also recommends getting tested annually. Testing can be done through collection of blood, urine, or fluid.

Treatment for STD depends on the STD present, but can include antibiotics, antivirals, and lotions or creams.

If left untreated, STDs can cause severe medical complications, including but not limited to:

  • arthritis
  • certain cancers
  • complications with pregnancy
  • death
  • infertility
  • inflammation of the eye
  • heart disease
  • pelvic pain
  • PID

The best way to prevent these complications is by using safe sex practices and getting tested frequently!

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Is There a New Deadly STD Superbug?

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A recent trending article has made some alarming claims about a new superbug: an new aggressive and antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea is anticipated to kill more than the 30 million people who have died from AIDS.

As concerns rose, the article was frantically shared through social media. Thankfully, the claims made in this article are not entirely true.

Although the article’s time stamp reads November 7, 2019, the article is simply a re-write and originally dates to September 2014 when the (only) physician cited in the article—naturopathic doctor Alan Christianson—discovered an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea in woman in Japan.

The article took Christianson’s statements out of context, as Christianson’s concerns were related to how the bacteria’s aggressive nature would affect people more quickly than AIDS, not that it would be more deadly than AIDS.

Although you can read more about debunking the false article here, the article did have true elements to it.

There is a strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea present in the world, and an outbreak could be hazardous. To quote Christianson directly, “Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days. This is very dangerous.”

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to protect yourself and your partners through safe sex practices, performing frequent STD testing, and following through with any appropriate treatment measures.

And at Private Testing Center, we are here to help. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

A Second Opinion from WHERE?

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When most people suspect they have an STD, the first place they go is to the Internet. They scour medical websites and forums with the speed and thoroughness of the FBI and compare their signs and symptoms with their findings before coming to a conclusion.

It’s not wrong to do a little research to determine if one should make a doctor’s appointment. But whether it’s due to embarrassment, worry, or lack of medical care, more and more people are relying on unqualified individuals on the Internet for medical information and recommendations.

For instance, from websites like Reddit.

According to a recent Forbes article describing a new study conducted by top researchers from around the country,

“They collected all posts to the r/STD subreddit from the inception of the subreddit (November 2010) through February 2019, which amounted to 16,979 total posts. From all of these posts, they then chose a random sample of 500 posts and found that in 58%, the person posting the post… had asked everyone else in the subreddit for help with an STD diagnosis. Close to a third (31%) of these asks… includ[ed] images of the posters’ physical signs.”

Further, 20% of the posters were seeking a second opinion after already receiving a diagnosis from a physician. And unfortunately, many of the responses would persuade the poster to not follow recommended curative practices.

There are almost countless reasons why crowdsourcing a STD diagnosis is a dangerous practice. But the most compelling reason is more than likely, Reddit users are not medical professionals qualified to diagnose STDs via the Internet. Taking medical recommendations from anyone other than a certified medical professional endangers your own body and perpetuates the spread of disease.

Luckily, Private Testing Center is here to help with any testing needs. We offer affordable, convenient, and private testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

1 in 2 Young People Will Contract an STD

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New CDC data from 2018 is in, but unfortunately, nothing is new. STD rates continued to steadily rise and totaled at 2,457,118 combined STDs in 2018.

Health officials in Eau Claire, Wisconsin say one in two people under the age of 25 will get an STD. This is largely because younger individuals are less likely to get tested. But condom use is also down, and the country has seen a number of affordable testing clinics be closed due to defunding.

As Eau Claire public health nurse Kay Bogumill explains, STDs are very communicable because many STDs–especially gonorrhea and chlamydia–don’t initially show symptoms of disease. When symptoms do appear, it’s because the disease is already doing damage to the reproductive track.

Untreated STDs put men, women, and infants at severe risks for lifelong impairments like chronic pain, reproductive health complications, and increased risk for contracting HIV. Since STDs often go unnoticed because there are no symptoms, undiagnosed STDs perpetuate the spread of disease.

So what can you do to protect yourself, your partner, and stop the spread of disease?

Bogumill recommends the three “T’s” – talk openly with your partner and doctor, get tested regularly, and get treated. Additionally, it’s best to use a condom during intercourse.

And at Private Testing Center, we are here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Misconceptions about STDs

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Even though STDs and STIs are becoming more and more common, there’s still a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about them. Let’s clear the air on some of these myths:

1. STDs aren’t a problem if they don’t cause symptoms

If you don’t have any symptoms, how bad can an STD really be?

There are actually many STDs that don’t have symptoms, including chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and more. But that doesn’t mean these diseases aren’t wreaking havoc inside your body. These STDs can lead to infertility, pelvic diseases, and increase your risk for other diseases like HIV.

2. I’m safe if I have only one partner

It takes only one person to transmit an STD. Perhaps your partner hasn’t been tested in a while or before you became intimate. STDs can also be transmitted over genital contact or other shared surfaces.

3.  All STDs can be treated and cured

Some STDs can be treated through antibiotics if they are bacterial. But other STDs that are viral can’t be treated with antibiotics. Further, some STDs like HIV, herpes, hepatitis B, and HPV have no cure. It’s far better to prevent an STD than to treat it.

4. Getting an STD is shameful

Most Americans will get an STD in their lifetime. While shame is an understandable first reaction, you don’t have to stay there. Many people can relate to your situation. And a new partner asking about your sexual health is a way to start off the relationship with honesty and openness.

Private Testing Center offers affordable and convenient testing, in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

STDs are the most rampant disease in Salt Lake County

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Health officials in Salt Lake County, Utah, are calling for better education for youth on STDs. This is because two STDs—chlamydia and gonorrhea—topped the charts as the most prevalent diseases in the county.

According to the Infections Diseases Morbity Report 2018, Chlamydia ranked as the most common disease, followed by gonorrhea in second. Hepatitis C was third, influenza fourth, and tuberculosis was fifth.

There were over 5,000 cases of chlamydia reported. Many cases had gonorrhea as a co-infection. Gonorrhea had close to 2,000 cases reported and was predominately reported in males.

“This is alarming, and an indicator that our current approach to sexually transmitted disease education is not working. Teens need accurate, realistic, and comprehensive STD education,” said Gary Edwards, Salt Lake County Health Department executive director.

Edwards recommends further education at school, church, or another appropriate setting that stresses the importance of safe sex practices, how STDs are spread, STD symptoms (along with education on asymptomatic STDs), and the importance of regular testing.

Edwards strongly encourages all sexually active youth be routinely tested for STDs. This is because many STDs don’t have symptoms and may go unnoticed by teens. If their STD is symptomatic, many teens may feel embarrassed to ask for help or get tested. Routine testing is the best way to stop the spread of infection.

At Private Testing Center, we make it easy and affordable to get tested. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

No link between extreme grooming and increased STD risk

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In case we had any reason to wonder, a new study confirms that there is no connection between extreme pubic grooming and an increased STD risk.

The study conducted by Ohio State University included 214 women who completed a questionnaire on their sexual and grooming behaviors. 98% reported some amount of pubic grooming. 18%-24% were extreme groomers (they removed all pubic hair at least weekly during the past year, or at least six times in the past month).

About 10% of the women had tested positive for an STD, but with the confirmation of lab studies, discovered there was no link between grooming habits and sexual behavior.

“The study finding wasn’t a surprise because there’s no obvious biological reason to believe that shaving or waxing pubic hair would increase the risk of chlamydia or gonorrhea,” said Jamie Luster, who is now a researcher at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

While such confirmation is good news for whatever your grooming habits are, it doesn’t change the recommendations for how often to get tested for an STD.

For women, the CDC recommends getting tested once a year or when beginning a new sexual relationship. For gay and bisexual men, the CDC recommends getting tested every 3-6 months if you’re with multiple partners. Getting tested after a one night stand isn’t a bad idea, either.

At Private Testing Center, we make it easy and affordable to get tested. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.