Why Test for STIs?

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If you’re sexually active, you may have heard that it’s important to get tested regularly for STIs. But why?

It might be confusing to test for STIs when they usually don’t come with side effects. In fact, you might not even know you have an STI because symptoms aren’t present or they can be attributed to something else (like an ingrown hair or last night’s dinner). However, just because you don’t have symptoms of an STI doesn’t mean that it isn’t wreaking havoc in your body.

In addition to other symptoms, untreated STIs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, birth complications and illnesses, and certain cancers.

There are even further reasons to get regularly tested: if you have an STI, you can pass it along to your next partner. This perpetuates disease, leading to poorer health for the overall population, higher health costs, and strained health resources.

Additionally, more infected people who need antibiotics to overcome an STI can lead to antibiotic-resistant forms of STI bacteria and viruses. This means that while most STIs are currently treatable, they could become resistant to treatment in the future.

Getting regularly tested for STIs is a simple way to ensure your own health and reproductive future, protect your sexual partners, and help prevent STIs from becoming resistant to antibiotics.

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.

Do STDs Affect Your Eyes?

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STDs can come with common symptoms, such as:

  • “Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Sores or warts on the genital area
  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Itching and redness in the genital area
  • Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
  • Abnormal vaginal odor
  • Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever”

However, there is another symptom that is rarely discussed as a symptom of STDs: your vision.

Vision problems are usually associated with gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, and syphilis. These STDs attack other body organs, as well, but vision changes may be an early indication you have one of these STDs.

It’s imperative to speak with your doctor about getting a panel of STD testing if you develop any of the following conditions:

  • Severe redness
  • Inflammation
  • Optic nerve disease
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pain around the eyes
  • Thick discharge – green or yellow-colored

These vision problems will only get worse and could result in partial or full blindness, not to mention the damage these infections are causing in other organs of your body.

Of course, it’s best to avoid getting an STD and causing and damage to your body or passing on the infection to another partner. The most effective measure against contracting an STD is to use a condom during intercourse. Additionally, you can use oral sex barriers to prevent transmission.

If you have unprotected intercourse with a new partner, it’s best to get tested!

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.

 

Syphilis Climbing to Startling Rates

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All across the nation, cases of syphilis have been on the rise. However, in San Antonio, Texas, doctors are reporting an alarming spike in syphilis.

Syphilis is a tricky STD. It’s known as “The Great Pretender” because its symptoms can be caused by a gamut of factors. For this reason, many women don’t get tested for syphilis and can live with it for years before knowing what’s going on in her body.

Syphilis is divided into four stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. During the primary stage, the only symptom is one or multiple small, red, painless sores (where syphilis entered the body). A rash can develop in the secondary stage, along with typical cold symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, sore throat, and swollen glands.

In the latent stage, syphilis symptoms seemingly disappear, but the disease continues to replicate. The tertiary stage can happen 10-30 years after infection and attacks the major organs of the body, which can result in death.

Syphilis is particularly concerning for women in the childbearing years, as syphilis can be passed to their newborn babies. Untreated syphilis can result in death; in fact, 40% of babies with untreated syphilis die. Syphilis is easily treated with antibiotics, but you must be tested first!

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.

A New “Flesh-Eating” STD?

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We’ve been told to always use protection, especially with a new partner or one-night stand. While these recommendations may seem annoying and reduce the pleasure of intercourse, they serve a very important purpose.

“Figures suggest that donovanosis – which was previously thought to be restricted to places including India, Brazil and New Guinea – is becoming more common on these shores,” said Dr. Shree Datta from London’s MyHealthCare Clinic “As well as the awful symptoms, it’s important people are aware that it’s a known risk factor for the transmission of HIV.”

Donovanosis is spread through sexual intercourse with an infected person, or by coming in contact with the infected ulcer. Donovanosis causes the spread of ulcerative lesions on the genitals and perineum. Infected individuals can also have infections in their pelvic, organs, bones, or mouth.

While donovanosis is not technically a flesh-eating bacteria, it gets the name from the ulcer’s beefy red appearance on the skin.

If you have unprotected intercourse with a new partner, it’s best to get tested!

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.

A Demographic Breakdown of STD Disclosure

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A recent survey from Testing.com provides insight to America’s current STD crisis.

Some key findings include:

  • 33% of women did not disclose their STD status to their partner, while only 20% of men kept their STD status a secret
  • Those in the oldest age bracket (55+ years of age) were the least likely to disclose their STD status. 35% of those 55 and older didn’t tell their partner of a positive STD test.
  • 82% of Americans aged 35-44 reported that they informed their partner of a positive STD test
  • Disclosure rates were very similar amongst those aged 18-24 (70%), 25-34 (70%), and 45-54 (68%)

Additionally, 91% of individuals with a postgraduate education informed their partner of a positive STD result, while only 66% of those with high school education disclosed their STD status to the partner. 92% of those who earn $150,000 or more informed their partner of a positive STD test.

Testing.com offered some important advice for talking with your partner about STDs:

  • Have the conversation before foreplay starts
  • Begin by asking your partner what they like, don’t like, and anything they want you to know about their sexuality. Use this to transition into a conversation about STD status and protection
  • If your partner discloses that they have an STD, find out how they are treating it, and what steps both of you can take to lower transmission risk. If you have an STD, inform your partner of your course of treatment, and agree to safety measures to lower transmission risk
  • If you and/or your partner has not been tested for STDs recently, suggest getting tested together by using a home testing kit, or visiting an STD testing clinic
  • Be respectful and non-judgmental

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.

Most Singles Don’t Share STI Status

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STIs are more common than you might think. In fact, the CDC estimates that one in five Americans have an STI. Unfortunately, there is still a huge stigma surrounding STIs that can keep those with an STI from sharing their sexual infection status.

A new poll from Testing.com revealed that:

  • 26% of individuals with an STI didn’t notify their sexual partner before intercourse
  • 24% of sexually active individuals had never been tested for an STI
  • 49% of individuals with an STI didn’t inform their partner before a one-night stand
  • 40% of individuals with a casual sex partner did not disclose their STI status

Due to the stigma surrounding STIs, the primary reason for nondisclosure was the “shame or embarrassment” of their STI status. While this is understandable, and discussing STIs before casual sex or a one-night stand can kill the mood, it’s still supremely important to reduce the spread of disease.

Additionally, if you have a casual sex partner, one-night stands, or multiple partners, it’s imperative to have routine screening for STIs. It’s very likely that your partner is not disclosing their current STI status to you before sex. Testing helps maintain your optimal health and reduce the spread of 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.

Do Men and Women Have the Same STD Screening Guidelines?

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When it comes to screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all sexually active women under 24 and those aged 25 and above who are at increased risk for infection be tested. However, there is not the same testing requirement for men.

According to The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, there was “insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms” of chlamydia and gonorrhea screening in men.

Perhaps one reason for this is men who have contracted gonorrhea or chlamydia tend to have symptoms and would know to get tested. Women, on the other hand, are typically asymptomatic carriers.

People don’t stop having sex, even in a pandemic. Even with climbing STD rates, there are many reasons someone might not get tested and treated for an STD during the pandemic.

“People might have been too afraid to go out to get condoms. Or they would have gone to their primary care doc and gotten tested if they had a new partner, but they didn’t because offices were closed and we were doing telehealth,” says Portland, Oregon OB-GYN Jennifer Lincoln. And while there are many benefits to telehealth appointments, “you can’t collect a urine swab or a vaginal swab over the phone.”

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.

Do You Know These STD Facts?

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STDs are very common, in fact, the Center for Disease Control reports over 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2019 alone. Even though STDs affect millions of Americans, there’s still a lot of stigma surrounding them. Do you know these STD facts?

Women have a higher risk of contracting an STD

Women have a higher risk of contracting an STD because the vaginal surface area is much larger than the surface area of male genitalia. Vaginal tissue is also more susceptible to STDs.

STDs can be spread through any sexual activity

STDs tend to be associated with the act of sexual intercourse, but this isn’t the case. Any type of sexual activity can spread STDs, so it’s vital to use condoms any time clothes are removed.

Certain STDs are asymptomatic

STDs like to cause damage under a cloak of camouflage. Symptoms, if present at all, are usually mild and easily attributed to something else like stress or a virus. This is why it’s crucial to have routine STD testing and be tested if you have a new sexual partner.

Untreated STDs can cause infertility

If an STD is left untreated (which is common if the STD is asymptomatic), certain STDs can leave you infertile. While this happens more commonly in women, men can also become sterile from untreated STDs.

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.

Do Condoms Always Prevent STDs?

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Most people know that condoms prevent the spread of STDs. If you’re going to be sexually active, you should always use a condom.

But is this actually true? Do condoms prevent STDs from passing between partners?

It turns out that, when used perfectly, external condoms are 98% effective for preventing the spread of STDs between partners. However, it’s common for condoms to be used hastily or removed incorrectly. If used in this way, condoms are 85% effective. 

How can you maximize the effectiveness of condom use?

  • Use condoms that fit – loose condoms can slip off, and tight condoms can break. Use an accurate measurement to ensure the right fit.
  • Store condoms correctly – the best place for condoms is in a drawer or box. This keeps the packets from being accidentally punctured. It also reduces exposure to friction or heat that wears down the condom and could cause it to break during intercourse.
  • Put on the condom before any intercourse – STDs can be transmitted through any genital touching, not just intercourse. Putting on a condom once clothes are removed is best.
  • Remove and discard immediately – remove the condom carefully–being sure to keep the fluids inside–and discard immediately.

If you have unprotected sex or think you may have been exposed to an 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.

STDs Increase Your Risk of HIV

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Most people know that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) are very common. In fact, the CDC reports that 1 in 5 Americans have an STD.

But what most people don’t realize is that having a present STD increases your risk of contracting HIV. How is this possible?

STDs change the cells in your vagina, penis, rectum, or mouth. This can be either asymptomatically or from visible sores or ulcers. The changes weaken the cells and make them more susceptible to disease. In other words, if you’ve previously contracted an STD, you’re more likely to contract HIV through a sexual encounter than someone who has never contracted an STD.

Additionally, an individual who has both an STD and HIV is more likely to give HIV to their partner. This is because having both an STD and HIV increases the viral load in semen and vaginal fluid, making it more likely to pass it along to your partner.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to an STD or HIV, testing immediately is your best option. There will be less damage done to your body when STDs and HIV are caught early.

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.

3 STD Symptoms To Never Ignore

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Many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have minimal or no symptoms. This means the infection can be in your body for weeks, months, or even years before it is detected. Living with an STD is not only dangerous for you–as STDs can cause lifelong health complications–but it is also harms your sexual partners by passing along disease.

Here are three signs of an STD that you should not ignore.

Pain in Lower Abdomen

Pain in your lower abdomen can indicate pelvic inflammatory disease, which is an infection in the female reproductive organs. Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease include mild to severe pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis, unusual or heavy vaginal discharge or uterine bleeding, pain during intercourse, fever, and urination that is painful, frequent, or difficult.

Bumps and Sores

Syphilis, Chancroids, and HPV can cause a variety of bumps, sores, warts, or blisters on or near your genitals. The spots can also appear in the mouth, around the lips, and around the anus, if you’ve engaged in anal or oral sex. You should make an appointment with your physician if one of these spots appears, even if it resolves. It’s best to eliminate the infection in your body so it doesn’t cause further damage or be passed to your partner.

Itching and Irritation

If you have persistent itching or irritation in your vagina or penis, it’s time to have an exam with your physician. Longstanding itching or irritation can be caused by a parasite called trichomoniasis and it is treated with antibiotics.

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.

Which States Have the Highest STD Rates?

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According to the Center for Disease Control, there were over 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2019 alone. This is a huge increase from the 1.4 million cases reported in 2014, and it marks the sixth year in a row of rising STD rates.

Let’s examine the states with the highest cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common infection that affects men and women but doesn’t have many symptoms. If present, symptoms include painful urination, discharge, and painful sex.

In order, the states with the most cases of chlamydia are Alaska, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, New Mexico, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, New York, and Illinois.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is most commonly transmitted amongst individuals aged 15-24. Symptoms include painful urination, discharge, and abdominal pain.

The states with the most cases of gonorrhea include Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

Syphilis

Syphilis has several stages with different symptoms for each. Syphilis can also be passed to infants born to mothers with syphilis.

Nevada, New Mexico, Mississippi, California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida are the states with the highest cases of syphilis.

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.

Pandemic to Blame for Rising STD Rates

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The pandemic has caused many problems for society, and experts believe it has fueled the continued rise of STD among young people.

The conditions during the pandemic have been the perfect storm for rising STD rates. There has been more free time and less access to healthcare. Children are home without their parents for longer hours and having their friends over–perhaps without their parent’s permission.

Ceri Burke, a nurse practitioner at Connecticut’s Danbury High School health center admitted, “there’s an increase in sexual activity among the kids I’m seeing.”

The CDC has reported that STDs have been rising for the past six years. Additionally, young adults aged 15-24 make up half of STD reports. It’s possible that we could see those numbers continue to trend upwards due to the pandemic.

In order to slow the curve of STDs, young adults need access to quality, confidential healthcare. During the pandemic, many health clinics–including those in schools–shut down. Adolescents certainly suffered the consequences of this. Having access to condoms, birth control, STD testing, and STD treatments is vital to reduce STDs among the young adult population. More funding is also needed for sex education.

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.

Is It an STD or Something Else?

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When you’re burning and itching “down there,” you’re anxious to feel yourself again! Besides being incredibly uncomfortable, it’s best to refrain from sexual activities until you know why you’re having such symptoms.

Burning and itching in or around your vagina can have several causes, such as yeast infections, bacterial infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), skin irritation, and more. So how do you know the cause?

In our last article, we examined the differences between yeast infections and STDs. But what about other infections and skin irritations?

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the bacteria in your vagina are imbalanced. It causes a thin gray or white discharge with a strong fish odor, along with pain, itching, and burning. Bacterial vaginosis generally resolves on its own.

Contact Dermatitis 

Micro-cracks in and around the vulva can cause burning and stinging sensations. Products with perfumes and/or harsh chemicals, such as certain soap, laundry detergent, douches, spermicides, perfumes, and deodorants can cause contact dermatitis. Care for your skin with gentle soap, and your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid cream or antihistamine cream to help you avoid scratching the area.

Hemorrhoids

Swollen veins in your pelvic floor can cause pain, itching, swelling, and bleeding. Soaking in a warm bath and pain medication can help ease the discomfort of hemorrhoids.

Of course, the only way to know if you have an STD is to take an STD test!

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.

 

Yeast Infection or STD?

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When you have a burning and itching sensation “down there,” you’re anxious to get rid of it! Besides being incredibly uncomfortable, you must also refrain from sexual activities until you know why you’re having such symptoms.

Burning and itching in or around your vagina can have several causes, such as yeast infections, bacterial infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), skin irritation, and more. So how do you know the cause?

Yeast infections are very common for women and girls in their reproductive years. The yeast Candida overgrows in the vaginal area and causes an infection. Common symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Thick, white discharge that has a cottage cheese consistency
Yeast infections can be treated with antifungal medication prescribed by your doctor.
It’s easy to dismiss an STD for a yeast infection because they share many of the same symptoms. However, STDs like trichomoniasis, herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, won’t go away with antifungal medication, and left untreated, these STDs can cause significant harm to your body. Signs that your symptoms are caused by an STD and not a yeast infection include:
  • Pain
  • Burning with urination
  • Discharge may be green, white, or yellow, and may have a foul odor
  • Abnormal bleeding or spotting

Of course, you can be confident in your STD status by taking an STD test.

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.

Protect Yourself Against STDs This Summer

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Last year, COVID-19 snatched summertime plans from most Americans. Graduation parties, birthday parties, vacations, backyard BBQs, and more were canceled in efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

For many people, dating was also placed on hold last year. The summer love that individuals of all ages fantasize about was postponed until another safer time. Now that COVID-19 safety guidelines are relaxing, dating is optional again.

But, what do you need to know in order to safely date this summer?

It’s crucial to keep in mind that STDs are still rampant. Before COVID-19, STD rates were at an all-time high. Testing materials and treatments were plentiful. Once COVID-19 surged, many testing kits, medications, testing centers, and personnel were re-allocated to the pandemic efforts. This means that there are still millions of cases of STDs in existence, but your new partner may not know they have an STD or received treatment.

Perhaps now more than ever it is important to have open communication about STDs early in your relationship, or at least before intercourse. This can be an uncomfortable subject, so please read our articles about how to tell your partner you have an STD and when to disclose your STD to your new partner for communication guidelines.

As always, it’s vital to practice safe sex. Use condoms, avoid risky sexual intercourse, and regularly test yourself for STDs.

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.

 

STD Rates Decline During Pandemic

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For years, STD rates have been climbing all around the world. Health officials question if there is rise in actual STD rates, or simply better technology and reporting methods.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, STD rates have declined. This could have many reasons: individuals could be having less casual sex, individuals could be engaging in safer sex practices, or there could be just as many STDs as in previous years but haven’t been reported.

There is a growing concern amongst health officials that the actual STD count has been vastly underreported, which creates a series of problems. First, the individual with the STD hasn’t received the necessary treatment for their infection. Left untreated, STDs can leave behind serious health conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, cancer, and infertility.

In addition, the individual can unknowingly spread their STD to their subsequent partners, perpetuating the spread of infection.

With many states beginning to lift or reduce social restrictions, it’s possible that we will see skyrocketing STD rates, both due to unreported cases from 2020 and new cases as individuals resume casual sexual interactions.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Begin by preventing the contraction of an STD. Always use a condom and refrain from risky behaviors such as consuming drugs or alcohol during intercourse. Additionally, the CDC recommends regular testing of STDs.

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.

The STD That Leads to Cancer

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Most people are aware that untreated STDs can lead to severe health conditions. For instance, certain STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, AIDS, organ failure, and more.

Equally disconcerting is the possibility of cancer from the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although HPV is generally associated with cervical cancer, HPV’s reach is not constrained to cervical cancer, nor is it limited to females. HPV can also cause cancer of the anus, penis, vagina, throat, and vulva.

HPV doesn’t have any symptoms, so it can be years before any other bodily symptoms appear. Not only is this concerning for the individual carrying HPV, but an infected individual can unknowingly pass HPV to subsequent partners, thus perpetuating the spread of disease.

The best way to avoid HPV is the prevention of contraction. Use condoms and avoid risky behaviors such as drugs and alcohol during sex. There is also a vaccine available for HPV. Regular check-ups with your physician are also recommended.

Additionally, it’s best to test regularly for STDs of all kinds. This is where Private Testing Center comes 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.

Resources Needed For Post-Pandemic STD Crisis

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The pandemic has posed a series of hurdles for the raging STD crisis.

For starters, testing resources that were allocated for STD testing were diverted to COVID-19 testing. Not only were testing kits redistributed, but STD testing centers either temporarily closed down or were used for COVID-19 testing.

STD testing became hard to come by, both at a doctor’s office and in independent clinics.

Now that many states are lifting restrictions on social interactions and many Americans are taking the COVID-19 vaccine, health officials are predicting a rise in STD rates.

However, this time we have a chance to keep STD rates lower than in previous years. Health experts are calling for appropriate funding for sex education in schools and proper resources for testing and prevention methods.

Teens and college students have specifically lacked access to healthcare, so there needs to be a reinstatement of independent programs and clinics.

Of course, the best way to reduce the spread of disease is to prevent contracting an STD yourself. Use safe sex practices such as condoms, and avoid risky behaviors such as drugs and alcohol during sex. Follow the CDC’s recommendations for STD testing, and tell your partner if you have an 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.

April is STD Awareness Month

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April is STD awareness month!

There is still a lot of stigma surrounding STDs. Individuals can feel guilt, shame, and embarrassment when they learn they have an STD, and they can fear telling their family, friends, and partners. However, you may be surprised to know that more than half of Americans will have an STD at some point in their life. It’s one way we can relate as humans! So let’s stop the stigma surrounding STDs!

Less stigma related to STDs would ultimately lead to lower STD rates. Here’s how:

  • When an individual isn’t afraid or ashamed of regular STD testing, they are more inclined to voluntarily test for a panel of STDs.
  • If the individual tests positive for any STD, they are able to receive prompt treatment before the infection can spread to a new partner.
  • The individual is able to tell their current and/or previous partner so they can be tested and also receive treatment.

When you treat STDs in a timely manner, there are fewer STDs to be spread! And with fewer STDs transmitted, the population as a whole experiences better health.

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.

Do I Have HIV?

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Like many STDs, the symptoms associated with HIV can be easily attributed to another cause, like food poisoning, the flu, stress, or another illness. This means that many people living with HIV are unaware that they are infected. They often remain unaware of this infection for years, unknowingly spreading the HIV disease with every partner.

Ultimately, you cannot concretely know your HIV status without testing, but there are risk factors and symptoms that can indicate testing for HIV rather than another illness.

After infection, some people may experience symptoms, including:

Risk factors for contracting HIV include:

  • Anal and vaginal sex
  • The receptive partner
  • The viral load of the HIV-positive partner
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Whether or not there is ejaculation during intercourse
  • Whether or not the male partner is circumcised

If you have one or more of the above risk factors, and/or if you have any of the above symptoms after having unprotected sex, it’s strongly recommended that you receive an HIV test.

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.

What’s the Difference Between and STIs and STDs?

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For many years, those in the medical community have used “Sexually Transmitted Disease” or “STD” to refer to the infection and/or symptoms caused by harmful bacteria transmitted during sexual activity. However, the term “disease” has caused a heightened sense of stigma surrounding these infections. This stigma can cause many consequences, such as individuals avoiding STD testing, which perpetuates the spread of infection. Partners may not be honest with one another about their sexual history, which can also spread disease.

The reality is, most people have had or will have an STD during their life. In fact, over 1 in 2 Americans will contract an STD in their lifetime. If infection rates are so common, why is there so much stigma surrounding STDs?

In an effort to turn the stigma tide, health experts have made a distinction between STDs and Sexually Transmitted Infections–or STIs. So what’s the difference?

An STI remains an STI unless it causes symptoms, in which case it becomes an STD. And because many STIs don’t cause symptoms, most of these previously-defined “diseases” remain as infections.

With time, health experts hope this clarification will help individuals not be ashamed of their sexual health history, which will promote increased testing and honesty with their partners.

However, this doesn’t mean that STIs should be taken lightly! Infections can still cause serious health effects, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriage, sterility, and more. That’s why it’s still crucial to get 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.

Adolescents at Further STI Risk Due to Pandemic

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Although young adults (aged 15-26) comprise only 25% of the U.S. population, they account for half of all new STIs. As 2020 marked another year of growing STI rates, there is no indication that these numbers will slow down.

Youths of African American and Latino ethnicities and LGBTQ+ youth face the greatest burden of infections and risk of complications. New testing recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics include screening for HIV by 16-18 years of age for all youth regardless of their sexual activity. Annual chlamydia screening is recommended for sexually active young women between the ages of 15-26.

Prior to the pandemic, the nation as a whole was gearing up to take steps towards reducing the spread of STIs. For adolescents and young adults, in particular, the most effective measures were free and confidential STI testing with contact tracing.

With COVID-19 tests straining resources and testing availability, we may be trading one epidemic for another. While youths and young adults have the best recovery rates from COVID-19, they are at risk for contracting, spreading, and being affected by 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.

Young People Compromise Half of New STD Cases

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In 2018, there were nearly 26 million new sexually transmitted infections diagnoses, with half of them among people ages 15 to 24.

These diagnoses included 13 million HPV infections, 6.9 trich cases, 4 million chlamydia cases, 1.6 million gonorrhea infections, and 572,000 genital herpes cases. However, the numbers are likely much higher because of undetected cases. There are several reasons for this.

Many STDs have no or mild symptoms. Some symptoms, such as pelvic pain, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms, can be attributed to other causes.

Another reason is that young people aged 15 to 24 indicates may lack the resources or support to acquire testing.

Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the availability of testing kits and clinics, as these resources have been rerouted to COVID-19 testing.

Undiagnosed STDs can lead to chronic health issues, such as chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and pregnancy and newborn complications, so it’s vital to guard against STDs.

Sexually active individuals must be vigilant to care for their sexual health. This involves engaging in safe sex practices, such as using condoms and avoiding drugs and alcohol. Sexually active individuals should also get tested routinely for STDs.

This is where Private Testing Center comes 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.

STD Testing Shortage Due to the Pandemic

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Due to COVID-19, there is a shortage of STD testing supplies.

“The same tools that are used for testing STD specimens are the same tools that are used for COVID,” said Daniel Daltry, the program chief for HIV, STD and Hepatitis C at the Vermont Department of Health.

Because of this, the Vermont Department of Health has had to prioritize testing based on CDC guidelines: females ages 25-44 who are pregnant, those seeking to be pregnant, and males with STD symptoms are also a top priority to identify active infection.

This means the typical testing avenues may be unavailable to individuals, and everyone should be extra cautious if engaging in sexual practices.

What are safe sex practices at this time?

“In the middle of a pandemic, the safest thing to do is to have one or no partners,” said Reggie Condra, a health and wellness coordinator with the Vermont Pride Center.

Cutting down on contact with other people will not only reduce the spread of STDs but also COVID-19.

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.