How Common are STDs Among Teens?

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CDC researchers estimate that in the past year, 30% of teens are sexually active and just 20% of sexually active high school students are tested for STDs. Of the 20% who were tested, 14% were boys and 26% were girls.

However, these numbers could be much higher for several reasons:

  • Lack of symptoms: Many STDs don’t have symptoms, and what symptoms appear could easily be attributed to something else, such as menstrual pain or indigestion.
  • Shame or fear: Teens have many reasons for participating in sex, and possible guilt or shame may keep them from getting tested. Additionally, if teens are afraid of their parents finding out about their sex life, they may never get tested.
  • Lack of testing: Most teens are still under a pediatrician’s care and taken to appointments by their parents. Many pediatricians won’t ask sex-related questions, especially in front of the parent. A teen may conceal their sex history to avoid conflict with their parent if they do.

Given that teens are just as susceptible–and maybe even more so than adults–to contracting an STD, they should be given the same STD screening and healthcare as adults.

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How to Prevent STDs

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are pervasive in society. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 5 people have an STD, and half of these infections are in young adults aged 15-24.

Is there a way to prevent contracting an STD? Thankfully, yes!

Here are some proven ways to prevent STD transmission.

Practice Safe Sex

The best safe sex practices include using a condom for every sexual encounter (including oral sex) and choosing your sexual partners wisely. Have an open and honest conversation with any new sexual partner before intercourse.

Limit Sexual Partners

The more partners you have, the greater your chances of contracting an STD. A monogamous relationship or limiting your sexual partners can prevent STDs.

Practice Abstinence

Dr. Tomi Mitchell says, “It might seem obvious, but abstinence is the only proven way not to get an STD. Though it’s not an easy or realistic method, if one uses all the proven ways above and stays in a monogamous, committed, long-term relationship, the chances of getting an STD are significantly lowered.”

Abstinence is easier if you refrain from intercourse unless you are in a committed relationship.

Test Frequently

To prevent STDs, it’s best to test for them regularly. The CDC recommends testing for STDs every three months or after beginning a new sexual relationship.

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How Do STDs Affect Male Fertility?

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While infertility is commonly attributed to women, the National Institute of Health estimates that 9% of men experience fertility problems (compared to 11% of women). Male infertility can have many causes, but one cause that is often overlooked is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

STDs and STIs are infections that are passed from one person to another, most often through unprotected intercourse. Many of these infections have no symptoms, or symptoms that are easily attributed to other causes. As a result, STDs and STIs can go untreated and cause damage to reproductive systems and cause infertility.

STD Infertility in Men

There are about 20 STDs and STIs, and each can have its own effect on male reproduction that can cause infertility. Most often, male infertility is related to sperm quality or sperm count.

  • Hepatitis B and C: These infections of the liver can decrease semen volume, pH, count, and morphology.
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): This infection causes the body to attack its own immune system. It can cause infertility by reducing semen volume, motility, count, and morphology, as well as erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction.
  • Chlamydia: This causes male infertility by lowering sperm motility.
  • Gonorrhea: This STI can cause scarring and blockages in testicle tubes, which impairs sperm production.

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Do Men and Women Have the Same STD Screening Guidelines?

How Do STDs Affects Female Fertility?

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Infertility can be caused by many factors, such as endometriosis, PCOS, and autoimmune diseases. But one cause of infertility that is often overlooked is STDs.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from one person to another, most often through unprotected intercourse. Many of these infections have no symptoms, or symptoms that are easily attributed to other causes. As a result, STDs and STIs can go untreated and cause damage to reproductive systems and cause infertility.

“Untreated STDs can spread up the reproductive system, causing damage, scarring, and inflammation in the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, leading to infertility. The two most prevalent causes of STD-related infertility are damage to the fallopian tubes and Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID),” explains Dr. Kshitiz Murdia, CEO and Co-founder of Indira IVF.

STD Infertility in Women

STDs and STIs can damage a women’s fertility in two main ways: Damage to fallopian tubes and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Damage to Fallopian Tubes

In order to create an embryo, the egg must travel down the fallopian tube and merge with sperm. This is not possible when the fallopian tube is damaged. Sexually transmitted diseases and infections can damage the fallopian tubes, stopping this process from happening.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

PID occurs when bacteria from a sexually transmitted disease travel up the vagina and cause inflammation in the other reproductive organs. The uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries can all be affected. Without treatment, PID can result in infertility, serious illness, and even death.

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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I Might Have an STI; What Now?

Throat STI Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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‘Tis the season for the common cold and flu! But did you know that your sore throat could be caused by an STI? While most STIs cause genital symptoms, it’s possible to have an infection in your throat and mouth, too. That’s why you should take every symptom seriously and not brush them aside.

Gonorrhea

One of the most common STIs in the United States, gonorrhea can cause various genital symptoms, such as vaginal or penile discharge, dysuria, and abdominal or scrotal pain.

Gonorrhea can occur in the mouth and throat via oral intercourse and can cause a sore throat, throat redness, fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

Chlamydia

This STI is most common in young adults aged 15-24. Vaginal or penile discharge, dysuria, and pelvic pain are common abdominal symptoms. Oral chlamydia can cause a sore throat; pus might also be present and swallowing is painful.

Syphilis

Syphilis infection has four stages with separate symptoms in each stage. Transmission varies depending on which stage an infected person is in. Oral infection of syphilis can cause a sore throat in stage 2.

Herpes, HPV, and HIV also have their own symptoms for oral infection. Bottom line: don’t ignore a persistent sore throat, and don’t rule out STIs as the cause. Get tested and get back to feeling healthy again.

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UK Warns of “Super Gonorrhea”

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One of the most common STIs in the United States is gonorrhea. In many cases, gonorrhea has no symptoms. According to Mayo Clinic, In men, gonorrhea can cause:

  • Painful urination
  • Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Pain or swelling in one testicle

In women, gonorrhea causes:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain

Additionally, you can contract a gonorrhea infection in your rectum, eyes, throat, and joints.

Gonorrhea is typically treated with antibiotics. However, there is a new strain of gonorrhea that has made its way through the United Kingdom that is resistant to antibiotics. Doctors are calling it “super gonorrhea” because it is resistant to ceftriaxone, which is the main drug used to treat the infection in the UK. These doctors are urging everyone to stay on top of their sexual health to avoid contracting this infection.

The best way to prevent STIs is by using safe sex practices: use a condom during foreplay and intercourse, know your partner’s sexual history and current STI status, and avoid drugs and alcohol during intercourse. Finally, it’s important to regularly get tested for STIs, even if you’re asymptomatic. This is because many STIs (like gonorrhea) have no symptoms but the infection can cause substantial damage to your organs.

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Spring Break & STDs

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates one in five Americans has an STD. That boils down to 68 million infections nationwide with more than 26 million new cases are diagnosed each year. However, those numbers could be even higher because many people don’t seek treatment for STDs because they’re ignorant or embarrassed.

Further, the majority of STDs occur in young adults aged 15 to 24. This demographic also participate in spring break. What do you need to know so that you don’t get an STD from spring break?

  • Practice safe sex – always use a condom, even for oral sex
  • Discuss history – exchange histories on STIs, drug use, and sexual partners
  • No drugs or alcohol – these increase risky sexual behavior

Be mindful and observant of your body after intercourse with a new partner, and especially after unprotected sex. Many STIs and STDs have no symptoms–or symptoms that could easily to attributed to indigestion. If you’re ever in doubt, get tested for STIs! It stops the spread of infection and prioritizes your health.

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Do Teens Realize Risks of Oral Sex?

Do Teens Realize Risks of Oral Sex?

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According to a new poll–MyVoice–based at Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan, teens don’t understand the risks of oral sex.

Young adults, especially boys, minimize the risks of unprotected oral sex, primarily the transmission of STIs. While STIs are commonly thought to be a genital infections, they can also be transmitted orally. Herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV can be spread through unprotected oral intercourse. Additionally, human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to cervical, head, and neck cancers.

“It’s not just about sexually transmitted infections, but also the risk for cancer later in life,” said Dr. Tammy Chang, director of the MyVoice poll based at the university.

The poll included over 900 U.S. teens and young adults, with an average age of 19. Participants were asked to rate how risky oral sex is on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least risky.

Overall, 60% of participants rated unprotected oral sex at 1, 2, or 3. Young women were twice as likely to rate it as a 4 or 5, while young men were twice as likely to rate it as a 1 or 2.

This poll shows the importance of educating young adults on the risks of oral sex, not only to cut down on infection rates but also to also potentially save lives from cancer.

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.

I Might Have an STI; What Now?

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If you’re sexually active, you’ve probably heard about STIs. But many people don’t think STIs could happen to them.

However, STIs are very common. In fact, 1 in 2 Americans will contract an STI before they are 25 years old. 20 million people contract an STI in the United States alone. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of an STI and know what to do next.

It’s a good idea to get tested for STIs if you:

  • had unprotected sex with a new partner (including one-night stands)
  • are MSM
  • have multiple partners
  • notice any symptoms of STIs

It’s best to get tested for the three most common STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. If you know your partner had a specific STI, you should also be tested for that same STI. Your physician can also help determine which tests are appropriate for you.

Next, it’s time to test! Tests from Private Testing Center are convenient and easy. Results are timely and accurate so you know what your next step should be. If you don’t have an STI–breathe easy! And if you test positive, then treatment is available at your physician’s office.

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.

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!

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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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.