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.

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Herpes: Is it more Dangerous than a Cold Sore?

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Many of us associate herpes with a simple cold sore. We see commercials for quick and convenient treatment and think of it as mostly harmless. But is there more to herpes than a cold sore?

There are hundreds of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) strands, but only two are spread sexually (HSV-1 and HSV-2).  Only HSV-1 is the culprit causing cold sores or fever blisters.

But HSV causes more than a simple cold sore; both HSV-1 and HSV-2 cause genital herpes, one of the most common STDs.

Genital herpes is spread through sexual activity with someone who already has it, either through contact of infected genitals or infected secretions. Unfortunately, symptoms can take up to 12 days to appear. This means genital herpes is spread very easily before symptoms occur.

Symptoms of genital herpes include:

  • Itching or tingling in the genital area
  • Small, painful blisters that pop and turn into sores
  • Fever, headache, or flu-like symptoms with the first infection

If you suspect you have genital herpes, don’t wait to get tested! While there is no cure for herpes, medication can be prescribed to speed healing and extra measures can be taken during intercourse to prevent the spread of disease.

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.

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Escambia County Experiencing Lower STD Rates

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In case you thought STD rates were only going up, here’s some positive news from Escambia County, Florida: STD rates have been declining.

Chlamydia rates have dropped by 2.3%, gonorrhea by 15.9%, and syphilis by 6.4% in 2018 compared to 2017. This is the first decline in five years for the county. “It’s a little too soon to call it a trend just yet, but we’re heading in the right direction,” said Patty Dwiggins, the department’s Area 1 STD program director.

So what’s their secret?

Dwiggins attributes their success to the Area 1 STD program, which offers testing, treatment, and prevention services, as well as education and disease surveillance for Escambia and surrounding counties. They often meet with individuals in their homes about their positive STD status and provide education on living with the disease and are vigilant about contacting previous partners. Dwiggins says that the education to young people about STDs has been crucial in turning the tide of climbing rates.

While many states and counties might do well to follow Dwiggins’ model, such education is only possible if an individual is tested. Getting tested for STDs is essential in order to receive treatment and stop the spread of disease.

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.

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What should I do if I suspect I have an STD?

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With constantly skyrocketing STD rates—nearly 2.3 million cases reported in 2017—the likelihood of contracting an STD is increasing as well. This is especially seen in the adolescent and young adult age group.

The CDC estimates that youth aged 15-24 make up only a quarter of the sexually active population, but they account for half of the new sexually transmitted diseases each year! For many in this age group, they are still reliant upon parental consent, insurance, finances, or even still see their pediatrician.

So what do you do if you start having signs of an STD? The unexplainable bumps, swelling, discharge, itching, or more can immediately raise concerns. Or maybe you had a one night stand and don’t have any symptoms yet but want to be safe.

Here are some key action points if you suspect you have an STD:

  • Reach out to family or friends who you can confide in. STD’s are becoming less stigmatized and need to be talked about for early detection to reduce the spread of disease.
  • Contact any partner that you have been sexually active with. These individuals need to be tested as well to contain the spread of disease.
  • Don’t ignore your symptoms! Your body can’t fight an STD on its own and symptoms will continue to get worse and further damage your body.

Most importantly, contact us at Private Testing Center! We offer affordable and convenient testing with same day appointments. 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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The Scary STD Stats from Florida

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The Florida’s Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection has released some alarming statistics from 2017:

HIV, STDs, TB, and viral hepatitis, continue to be the leading causes of morbidity and death in Florida. This is especially the case among at-risk populations.

In Florida alone, over 100,000 cases of chlamydia were reported, as well as 31,710 cases of gonorrhea and 5,423 cases of syphilis. Since 2013, cases of chlamydia have increased 22%, gonorrhea by 51%, and syphilis by a startling 77%!

While anyone who is sexually active is potentially at risk for contracting an STD, certain groups are at greater risk. These include those aged 15-24, gay and bisexual men, and those with multiple partners.

Left untreated, these STDs increase the chances of:

  • contracting or spreading HIV up to three-fold
  • long-term pelvic and abdominal pain
  • infertility, miscarriage, and pregnancy complications
  • cervical and other cancers
  • and more

While these statistics are especially concerning for residents of Florida, STD rates continue to climb year by year across the country and around the world.

Here are several ways to help contain the spread of disease:

  • Talk honestly with your partners about STDs—theirs and yours! Additionally, talk frequently with your healthcare practitioner about STD testing and symptoms.
  • Get tested regularly. Don’t let the drop-down symptom chart on Google be your doctor! Getting tested is the only way to definitively know if you have an STD. Many STDs don’t have symptoms, so you could unknowingly be spreading your disease to others.
  • Treat any STD effectively. Finish assigned medication to prohibit a re-growth of bacteria.

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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Growing STD rates in Milwaukee

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New health statistics from the AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin show that about half of all sexually active people in Milwaukee will get an STD by age 25. In 2017, more than 6,900 people tested positive for chlamydia. Additionally, 2,500 gonorrhea cases and 87 syphilis cases were reported.

These statistics are consistent with CDC estimates: although those in the 15-24 age groups make up only a quarter of the sexually active population, they are responsible for over half of all new STD cases.

The good news is Milwaukee is taking intentional action to combat the spread of disease. At their local community health center, professionals offer free HIV testing, condoms, and education on prevention. They continue to encourage communication and to reduce the stigma surrounding STDs.

Many cities would benefit from such community efforts. These are needed to reduce the spread of disease. Unfortunately, such community health centers and local support aren’t available in every city. But this doesn’t mean testing is any less important. In fact, it increases the individual’s responsibility; everyone has a responsibility to stay up-to-date on testing for STDs.

That’s why for the rest of the country, there’s Private Testing Center!

Private Testing Center offers affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We offer short notice, same day appointments. We also have over 1500 locations nationwide, so your closest location is only a short drive away! Finally, we understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

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Are STDs Affecting Female Reproductive Futures?

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The CDC estimates that those in the 15-24 age groups only make up a quarter of the sexually active population but account for over half of new STDs each year.

Additionally, those in these age groups are at increased risk for infection, particularly with chlamydia.

Toni Darville, MD, professor of pediatrics, microbiology, and immunology at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, states this is because chlamydia is asymptomatic in most patients. Patients don’t seek medical attention, and chlamydia continues to be highly prevalent.

For adolescent girls, these undetected and untreated diseases result in reproductive consequences in later years. In the study Emerging Infectious Diseases, researchers concluded that “long-term clinical sequelae of STDs include pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, tubal or ectopic pregnancy, cervical cancer, and perinatal or congenital infections in infants born to infected mothers.”

Darville continues, “Adolescents may not necessarily be thinking about having children, and these infections can cause damage so that when they go on to want children later in life, they may not be able to.”

Further vigilance is needed to reduce the spread of disease in this adolescent age group. Education, open communication between partners and family members, and regular STD screenings are excellent first steps to slowing the spread of STDs.

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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4 Emerging STIs that you don’t want to Ignore

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Scientists have known for a while now that viruses don’t stay the same. They mutate, charge forms, and become resistant to typical treatments over time. We’ve seen this most specifically with the two cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea in the UK.

So it should come as no surprise that there are always new emerging STDs and STIs. Here are 4 new ones you don’t want to ignore!

1.     Neisseria meningitidis

While N. Meningitis usually causes urogenital infections, it can lead to the potentially deadly meningitis infection of the brain and spinal cord. About 5-10% of adults carry this infection in the back of the nose and throat, which is easily passed through oral sex or other close contact.

2.     Mycoplasma genitalium

Although it is one of the smallest bacteria known, M. genitalium can cause major health issues. This is because it is often symptom-free, allowing more time for the infection to grow inside your body. Or when symptoms are present, can mimic gonorrhea and chlamydia and be treated incorrectly. The persistent irritation of the cervix and urethra can lead to infertility, miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth. About 1-2% of adults and adolescents carry this STI, but it is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

3.     Shigella flexneri

This bacterium causes severe stomach cramps followed by explosive blood and mucus-filled diarrhea. It is passed through direct or indirect contact of feces, which puts gay and bisexual men at the greatest risk for this infection.

4.     Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

LGV first presents with a genital blister, pimple, or ulcer, but rapidly moves through the lymphatic system to the bowels. There, is causes severe bowel disease and abnormalities like fistulas and strictures. It is most common among gay and bisexual men, but is becoming increasingly common in Europe and North America.

The best way to protect yourself and cut down on the spread of infection is to get tested!

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This Unlikely Age Group has a Startling Rise in STI Rates

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Sex, STIs, and STDs are often classified as a “young person” or “middle-age” problem. For the most part, this is true. The CDC estimates that 2.3 million Americans were diagnosed with STDs in 2018, with about a million others in the initial stages of an STD. Most of these cases were found in young-to-middle age brackets.

But new numbers show a startling increase in STIs contracted among the senior population (those 60 years and older). In fact, from 2014 to 2017, the rates rose 20%!

Scientists have several reasons for why this could be the case. For starters, many young people shoulder the burden of getting tested for an STI; if they suspect they have an STI, they get tested. Even though testing is encouraged, most people are embarrassed. This already-existing stigma against STIs in young people could deter seniors from getting tested, even when they think they have an STI. During routine check-ups, many doctors don’t think to check for STIs the way they do for younger adults.

Seniors are most likely to contract herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and hepatitis B. There’s no shame in getting tested, and can only be to your benefit!

Finally, the same rules that apply to younger people apply to seniors: use condoms consistently and correctly, especially with new or casual partners. Condoms don’t just work for birth control; they protect the spread of STIs, too!

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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Super-Gonorrhea: What is It? And how do I protect myself?

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Startling headlines of “super-gonorrhea” in the UK may have caught your attention. But what is it and are you at risk?

Super-gonorrhea is the antibiotic-resistant strand of gonorrhea doctors have feared for years would happen. Two women in the UK contracted it last year, one woman while in Europe, but the other contracted it from a partner in the UK. The Public Health England is working to track down other partners to stop the spread of infection.

Although these women have been successfully treated, experts now warn that these new cases indicate an outbreak of super-gonorrhea in the UK is possible, especially among college-aged students. This is because gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics—and at an alarming rate.

The antibiotic ciprofloxacin is now ineffective in 36.4% of cases of gonorrhea; up from 33% the year before. The antibiotic azithromycin was useless in over double the cases the year before. As these resistance numbers keep rising, doctors are left with fewer options to treat gonorrhea.

How can you know if you are at risk, and how can you protect yourself?

Having unprotected sex is the biggest risk factor. Doctor Nick Phin, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England strongly suggests using condoms consistently and correctly with any new or casual partner. Further, anyone should get tested immediately if they think they are at risk for contracting an STI.

This is where we are ready to help!

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New Year’s Resolution: Get Tested!

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It’s only a few weeks into the New Year, but many of us are slowly posting fewer photos of our nutritional lunches, yoga mats, and workout selfies. Keeping up with nutrition and fitness can be challenging. Motivation can come in waves. Netflix and chill sounds far better on cold winter days.

Improving your health through diet and exercise are excellent and needed, but what about your sexual health?

Sexual health is often overlooked or pushed to the back burner. But sexual health is just as important as those diet and exercise plans! While it’s a simple checkbox task, getting tested for STIs gives you all the information you need to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

How often should you test?

For women, the CDC recommends that women under 25 and women over 25 with new or multiple sex partners get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea once a year. This age divider is because half of new STI cases happen in those under 25, but only 12% of this age group gets tested.

For Gay, Bisexual, and Pansexual men, the CDC recommends getting tested for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV at least once a year, more frequently (every 3-6 months) if with multiple or anonymous partners.

For straight men, the CDC actually doesn’t have a recommendation for regular testing. This is surprising but not an oversight, as no evidence that regular screening of straight men reduces STI rates. But screening never hurts and can only help, so the CDC recommendation for getting tested once a year still applies to straight men.

STI testing is an easy—but hugely important—way to improve your health this year, and Private Testing Center is here to help! We offer affordable and convenient testing. 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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Young People still Hook up after Learning about Partner’s STD

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Alarming results from a new study conducted by VICE and Durex provides a clue to the global epidemic of ever-increasing STD rates. The study discovered that 73% of individuals decide to go through with their hook up even after being told their partner has an STD.

Additionally, the study found that 30% of the participants had never been tested for STDs, and 61% hadn’t been tested before their last hook up.

Even though young people are highly mindful of STDs, Gail Bolan, the director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, notes that young people are participating in riskier sexual behaviors. More people are engaging in condom-less sex, which significantly increases the chance of contracting an STD. In fact, the study found that 83% of those who use condoms report never having an STD.

Sex after opioid use is also skyrocketing in frequency. This dramatically increases risky sexual behaviors, which can lead to the further spread of STDs.

It’s no wonder that STD rates are on the rise with nearly three-fourths of individuals knowingly continuing in a hook up with someone who has an STD, and many participating in risky sexual behaviors with infrequent (or lack of) testing afterwards.

While it’s important to practice safe sex, hook ups can happen at any time. That’s why it’s important to prioritize your sexual health and tested for STDs after hook ups.

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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New Drug gives Hope to those with Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

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Very soon, it may be impossible to treat gonorrhea. According to the World Health Organization, two-thirds of the world’s countries have reported cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.

If cases like these continue to progress, doctors would be left with an incurable disease. While not life-threatening, gonorrhea leads to severe health complications like infertility in men and women, joint and organ damage, and increased risk for contracting HIV/AIDS.

Thankfully, a new drug called zoliflodacin is giving hope to individuals with antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. Although it is still in trial phase, studies show that the new drug is 96% effective at treating antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea.

While hope is on the horizon, the earliest the drug can become available to the public is 2023. This means we have to be responsible with our sexual health and not rely on new medicine to bail us out. So what can we do in the meantime?

Ideally, practice safe sex by using condoms and being in a mutually monogamous relationship. But when Plan A doesn’t pan out as intended, getting tested should be at the top of your priority list.

Gonorrhea often has no signs or symptoms. Certain symptoms—like painful urination—can be brushed aside as a simple UTI. But left untreated, gonorrhea can severely damage other organs and joints and can easily infect new partners. It’s important to test early and frequently to prevent 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.

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Federal Funding for STD Prevention is Declining

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You’ve probably seen it in the headlines or scrolling through your Facebook feed by now: STD and STI rates are on the rise. In certain parts of the country, like the Ohio Valley, rates of chlamydia have risen 200% and gonorrhea 1000% from 2011 to 2017. In Arizona, STDs are climbing at such an alarming rate that the Department of Health has issued a syphilis outbreak warning.

While startling headlines catch the attention and stir anxiety of many, what is often not included in these articles are the puzzling reports that funding for prevention and education of STDs are consistently cut.

While STD rates reached an all-time high in 2017, federal funding has been slowly dwindling away since 2003, especially in regions that need it the most.

Matt Prior, the spokesperson for the National Coalition of STD Directors, reports that STDs have become a public health epidemic, and that cutting federal funding further perpetuates the problem of high STD rates. Without proper education and prevention strategies, the STD epidemic will only continue… or get worse.

One way to help stop the growing STD problem is to get tested! Knowing and treating an infection stops it from spreading, which can significantly reduce the cases of new STD cases each year. It’s almost a no-brainer. (And don’t rely on symptoms to give you the push to get tested. Many STDs don’t have symptoms or masquerade as something else!)

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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Arizona DOH Declares Syphilis Outbreak Warning

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You see a lot of familiar outbreaks, warnings, and headlines nowadays. Some of them are so familiar—even the scary and devastating ones—that we scroll past them on our Facebook feeds without giving them a second glance.

But this is not your typical headline: the Arizona Department of Health issued a syphilis outbreak warning in early December. And it’s not just syphilis–chlamydia and gonorrhea infections have also reached startling numbers.

You’ve probably heard that STD rates are at an all-time high, with 2.3 million new cases in 2017. While this is a startling number, it’s almost becoming old news. But an outbreak warning should wake us up! It’s time to take proactive steps to protect yourself and your partner.

Many people rely on the symptoms of and STD as a reason to get tested. But new studies are showing that symptoms aren’t a reliable reason to get tested. Many can lay dormant or be attributed to another factor.

Also, many people don’t think an STD could happen to them. But everyone is at risk for an STD, especially when beginning a new intimate relationship. While it’s good to discuss sexual health history with your partner, it often isn’t enough. The best way to stop the spread of STDs (and outbreak warnings!) is to get tested regularly.

The great news is 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.

Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Why Take-at-Home STD tests are Risky

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If you haven’t seen the startling figures, nearly 2.3 million cases of STDs were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017 according to new data from the CDC. These numbers surpass the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases, making 2017 the fourth year in a row of rising STD rates. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were the top-ranking infections.

STIs and STDs, left untreated, puts individuals at risk for reproductive complications like ectopic pregnancies, stillbirths, and infertility. Other health concerns arise, including an increased risk of HIV, and even death.

Plenty of reasons to get tested, right?

But with hectic schedules—not to mention the discomfort of getting poked and examined—it’s easy to let months go by without a sexual health update. For that reason, many people are turning to take-at-home STI tests. The convenience and privacy of these tests are appealing, but what are the drawbacks?

1. Take-at-Home tests are done by you

Let’s be honest, we’re not all the most competent at reading instructions. Sometimes it’s hard to follow a box of brownie instructions correctly. Many tests claim ease of use, but when the test isn’t completed by a trained professional, so there’s a greater risk for error.

Take-at-home tests are taken in your home instead of a sterile environment. Contamination of other chemicals and germs is always a factor. Tests that require a blood draw at your doctor’s office rely on a few drops of blood from a finger prick–a significantly smaller amount of data available to the lab technician to confirm results. In short, take-at-home tests are not guaranteed accurate. They also take about three weeks to get results.

2. There is no follow-up treatment

So what happens if you test positive for an STI? You still have to go to the doctor for examination and treatment. You may even need to take another STI test to confirm the results of the take-at-home test. While not worth throwing out the window, take-at-home tests only get the ball rolling towards more tests and treatment. It may end up costing you more money in the long run.

3. Take-at-Home tests cost about the same

If take-at-home tests were significantly cheaper than a professionally-done test, it might be worth the risk. But take-at-home tests are competitive with the tests here at Private Testing Center, ranging from $99-$300. That’s a lot of money to risk! But at Private Testing Center, our professionals are trained, our lab times are flexible with minimal wait times, and accurate results come in one to three days. It’s a choice you can feel confident about!

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.

Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.

Syphilis is on the Rise in Newborns

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STDs affect more than the infected person. They can be transmitted to partners—even several partners before being identified—and sadly, a mother can pass an STD onto her baby. Syphilis has been specifically documented as a common STD passed from mother to baby.

Congenital syphilis had once been nearly eradicated, but the CDC has noted an increase of babies born with syphilis passed to them by their mother. Nearly 1,000 cases were reported in 2017.

Contracted by the baby during pregnancy or during birth, congenital syphilis has tremendous consequences. As many as 40% of babies with untreated syphilis may be stillborn or die from the infection. Those who survive can “suffer severe, life-long health consequences, including deformed bones, blindness, or deafness.”

Symptoms of syphilis often go unnoticed or can be easily attributed to other causes because of their generic nature. Symptoms appear between 10-90 days after infection and can lie latent for years with no detectable symptoms.

Watch carefully for these symptoms of syphilis:

  • Small, firm sores on the anus, mouth, lips, fingers or buttocks
  • Swollen lymph nodes specifically in the neck, armpits, or groin
  • Skin rashes in palms of the hands or soles of the feet
  • Unexplained headache, fatigue, muscle aches, or sore throat

While it’s important to watch for symptoms, its best practice to get tested often. Specifically with syphilis, symptoms may not show up until it’s too late. Frequent testing keeps everyone safe: you, your partner, and your child.

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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Silent STIs

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Many people rely on symptoms as a first sign that they should get tested for an STI. But this practice is not fool-proof and can perpetuate the spread of infection. In fact, many common STIs don’t manifest any symptoms for weeks or months. Some symptoms take years to show up, and some never have symptoms.

Further, men typically have less severe symptoms than women, or can attribute their symptoms to another factor like eating too much sushi a few nights ago.

STIs with delayed symptoms

Many of the top-spreading STIs are rampant because they easily go unnoticed. Men in particular are at risk for carrying these STIs unknowingly:

  • Chlamydia: often referred to as the “silent” infection, the majority of men do not experience any symptoms from chlamydia. If they do, men develop symptoms several weeks after infection.
  • Herpes: many men with herpes will not develop symptoms, although symptoms may appear 2-12 days after infection. However, the small blisters can be easily attributed to razor burn, bug bites, or ingrown hairs.
  • Gonorrhea: while gonorrhea in the urethra does cause itching and burning, symptoms can take up to two weeks to appear.
  • Syphilis: syphilis is the mocking bird of STIs, as its symptoms mimic many diseases and can take three months to appear. Syphilis can also lay dormant with no symptoms for years.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): men often show no symptoms from HPV, but some many notice symptoms months or years after infection.
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): HIV symptoms appear 2-6 weeks after infection, but the symptoms mimic the flu, which can further delay testing.
  • Hepatitis B (HBV): most men won’t experience symptoms, but flu-like symptoms occur after three months.

Take cautious action

If you’re a man, get tested often, especially when beginning a new sexual relationship. It’s easy to ignore or attribute symptoms to another factor, but this puts you and your partner at risk for further complications.

If you’re a woman, get tested often! Even if you have “the talk” about STIs with your partner, they may be unaware they are infected and in need of treatment—and that you might be, too.

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.

Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.