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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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STD Rates Continuing to Rise

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STD rates have been on the rise for many years now, and the most recent data reviewing 2018 was no exception.

A staggering 2,457,118 combined STDs were reported in 2018. Chlamydia was the highest reported STD with 1,758,668 cases; gonorrhea was second with 583,405 cases; syphilis (all stages) was recorded at 115,045 cases.

Reports of syphilis and gonorrhea have reached a record high since 1991. The incidence of chlamydia is the highest ever reported to the CDC.

Sadly, 40% more infants suffered congenital syphilis in 2018. This occurs when the mother’s untreated syphilis is passed to the infant in the womb, and it can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death, and severe lifelong physical and neurological problems.

Why are the rates on the rise? The CDC reports:

  • “Drug use, poverty, stigma, and unstable housing, which can reduce access to STD prevention and care
  • Decreased condom use among vulnerable groups, including young people and gay and bisexual men
  • Cuts to STD programs at the state and local level – in recent years, more than half of local programs have experienced budget cuts, resulting in clinic closures, reduced screening, staff loss, and reduced patient follow-up and linkage to care services”

The good news is STDs are almost always effectively cured with antibiotics! But 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.

As Dr. Jason Leider of NYC Health says, “This is preventable if people would understand how to take the steps so they don’t get infected.”

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.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. 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.

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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.

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Defunding of Planned Parenthood could have unexpected consequences

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Planned Parenthood has been the center of several heated debates in recent years. President Trump has sought to remove the $60 million of federal funding allocated to Planned Parenthood. Doing so could significantly cripple the fight against rising STD rates.

Health officials are warning that the already record-high rates could get worse without Planned Parenthood’s presence. “Planned Parenthood reached a large number of women, men and young people, and this is a blow to the availability of STD screening and treatment,” said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors.

Planned Parenthood served about 1.6 million people when they gave subsidized birth control, STD testing, and other reproductive care to low-income families. While Planned Parenthood is still open, the loss of their funding means they have to reduce their benefits or raise their prices—both options inconvenience low-income families.

“We expect to see this rapid increase in STDs continue with the change in Title X and our withdrawal,” said Sheena Dooley, communications manager for Iowa’s Planned Parenthood affiliate.

With a potential increase in undiagnosed STDs, it’s increasingly important to protect yourself against the spread by using safe sex practices and getting tested often.

Thankfully, there are other options for safe, affordable, and convenient testing besides Planned Parenthood. At Private Testing Center offers same-day appointments in over 1500 locations nationwide. Your closest location is only a short drive away!

Private Testing Center’s mission is to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

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When to disclose your STD to your new partner

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You’re going on a date for the first time since you broke up with your ex. After you broke up, you began having some suspicious symptoms that might indicate an STD. After getting tested, the results came back positive for an STD. You contacted your ex, are following the appropriate treatment plan, and hope to never think of that relationship again.

You’ve gone through your regimen of a first date. You shower, shave, apply plenty of deodorant (to keep that anxiety sweat away!) and pick out a killer outfit. But the doubt lingers in the back of your mind… do you tell your date about your STD?

This is a common worry in today’s society. According to new statistics, one million new cases of STDs are contracted every day! But the stigma surrounding STDs remains. It’s completely normal to contemplate when and how to tell your new partner you have an STD.

According to sex therapist Diane Gleim, don’t get too hung up over whether to lead out with your STD status. “Depending on your preference and your feelings about the person you’re dating, you may want to lead with your STI status or not. Either approach is OK, but not disclosing your status as sexual activity becomes clearly imminent is not OK.”

In other words, you don’t have to disclose your STD status on your first date if you don’t want to, but it’s imperative to disclose it before intercourse. This not only stops the spread of disease but also sets the stage for open and honest communication from the beginning.

Private Testing Center is here to help with any 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.

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Is there a difference between and STI and an STD?

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Almost everyone is aware of sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs and STIs). They’re always in the news with ever-climbing statistics, scary stories of incurable cases, and occasionally some communities experiencing success of controlling the increasing rates.

It’s common to see STD and STI used interchangeably. But is there a difference? If there is, how important is the difference?

Both STDs and STIs are contracted through unprotected sexual or oral intercourse. If you’ve had unprotected sex—especially with a new partner—it’s important to get tested. The CDC recommends getting tested after starting a new sexual relationship, or at least once a year.

Angela Jones, an M.D for Healthy Woman Obstetrics and Gynaecology shares the differences between STDs and STIS:

“You can have an infection, such as chlamydia, without symptoms. Disease simply means that symptoms of said ailment are present and we only describe things as diseases when symptoms are present.”

In other words, an STI is when no symptoms are present. This is often the case with chlamydia and syphilis. On the other hand, an infection is classified as a disease if symptoms are present and considered to be symptomatic.

Private Testing Center is here to help with any 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.

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Are dating apps to blame for growing STD rates?

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New statistics show that one million new cases of STDs are contacted every day worldwide. The four most common infections are chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis (or “trich”) and syphilis. The World Health Organization estimates that one in every 25 people globally has at least one of these STIs or STDs.

To what can we attribute these ever-rising numbers? Are dating apps to blame?

Dating apps have recently come under fire for perpetuating STDs and STIs. This is because dating apps make it easier to find sex partners and one-night-stands. This often results in unprotected sex in which diseases and infections are spread. However, the dating app theory is still just a theory for the spike in STD and STI rates.

Other theories include new medical treatment for STDs and STIs. Ironically enough, the more treatments chemists formulate to combat STDs, the more compliant people are with having intercourse with an infected partner. “Before [people] were more scared that an STI was a death sentence,” says Dr. Donnica Moore.

Additionally, implantable intrauterine devices (IUDs) are under scrutiny for the spread of disease. IUDs, which are contraceptives inserted into the uterus or the armpit, are growing in popularity. However, IUDs don’t protect against the spread of disease the way male or female condoms do.

Regardless of which combination of theories is to blame for rising rates, it’s always best to practice safe sex and get tested frequently for STDs and STIs.

Private Testing Center is here to help with any 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.

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How to tell your new partner you have an STD

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You’ve been dating someone new… and you really like them. Both of you have indicated that intimacy is imminent. But you had an STD and haven’t shared this with your partner yet.

You know that it’s important to tell your partner of your STD status before being intimate. Not only does it stop the spread of disease, but it establishes open and honest communication from the start. However, you’re still understandably worried of how your partner will react to the news.

Sex therapist Rachel Needle encounters these concerns frequently and offers this advice: “First, make sure you tell them in person, face-to-face. Be prepared to educate your partner about the STI you have, including ways you can be sexually active and reduce the chance of transmission. If you feel comfortable, you can share with them how you contracted the STI and how, if at all, it has impacted you. Allow your partner to ask any questions they have and provide them with good resources to learn more on their own.”

Jenelle Marie Pierce, executive director of the STD Project adds that if things turn sour, it’s best to give your partner some space and try to not take their reaction personally. Your partner may be shocked but that doesn’t mean rejection.

Private Testing Center is here to help with any 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.

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STD Awareness is Essential to Overall Health

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STD Awareness is Essential to Overall Health

Here’s something that isn’t surprising but many people forget: your sexual health is essential to being an overall healthy individual.

Many of us spend countless hours, hundreds of dollars, and endless Google searches to improve our physical appearance and mental health, discover the latest diets and supplements, and more. But to be truly healthy, sexual health cannot be overlooked or understated.

One big reason for this is because many STDs don’t have any symptoms. But that doesn’t mean that these STDs don’t harm your body. As STDs continue to multiply in the body undetected, they can cause significant health complications like pelvic inflammatory disease, arthritis, heart disease, certain cancers, and fertility complications. As these problems arise, you could do countless tests and health corrections and still not solve the underlying problem.

Additionally, your STDs affect your partners by unknowingly be spreading your STD with others. This perpetuates the rising rates of STDs around the nation, putting others at risk for these same complications.

But thankfully, this has a very simple solution: get tested, and get tested often! The CDC recommends getting tested for STDs once a year or when starting a new sexual relationship. Your whole body will benefit, and you can have peace of mind knowing about your sexual health.

At Private Testing Center, we make this easy to happen! We offer 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.

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South Carolina STD rates skyrocketing

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South Carolina is quickly climbing the charts for the state with the highest STD rates. New data from the Center for Disease Control and a study from Health Testing Centers confirm South Carolina as the third highest state for STDs in the country.

Specifically, South Carolina residents are experiencing increased rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia infections.

Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, says STD rates usually ebb and flow over time, but there has been a steep and steady increase over the past five years. She adds, “This sustained increase is very concerning. We haven’t seen anything like this for two decades.”

At the conclusion of their study, Health Testing Centers cautions that STD rates are setting record highs with no indication of slowing down. This is due to many STD lacking symptoms, or the symptoms are so common they could be attributed to another cause.

The study urges all individuals to get take precautionary and preventative measures to stop the spread of disease. Specifically, the study—and the CDC—recommend frequent STD testing. Most STDs are curable but can only be treated if you’re aware of the infection!

Private Testing Center is 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.

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