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National STD Testing Day: June 27

Sometimes I don’t know how much money I have in my checking account until I check my bank account online. This isn’t a great choice for my finances, but I admit that I’m guilty of it occasionally. I know that I should track my checking account in my checkbook register.

Many people in the U.S. have this attitude about something much more serious: their sexual health. One in five people in the U.S. live with HIV and don’t know.

Why don’t they know?

They don’t check.

It is time to change this statistic. HIV Testing is the only way to monitor your health in this area.

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June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day. Since many people with HIV don’t have symptoms, the virus is easy to miss. To receive the benefits of treatment, you have to know if you have the virus first. To take control and improve your health, you must be tested for HIV.

National HIV Testing Day is not only a reminder to have yourself tested. It is also a chance for all adults to improve their health through learning about HIV. Take this time to educate yourself and others about transmission, how to lower your chances of infection and the importance of testing.

HIV Transmission Basics

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) kills the cells in your body that help fight off infection and disease. It can be spread a number of ways from person to person. Some of the most common ways HIV is spread are:

  • Having multiple sex partners

  • Unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex

  • Sharing needles, syringes or other equipment used to prepare illicit drugs for injection

  • Being born to an infected mother

Reduce your risk

The first step in preventing HIV is to know your status. Everyone should be tested for HIV once, and those with increased risk should be tested every year. To continue reducing your risk of infection, you should limit your sexual activity and the number of sexual partners you have. Be aware of proper condom use and use them consistently.

No Excuses! Convenient Testing

We’ve heard all the excuses in the book. This year on National STD Testing Day, we want you to stand up for your health. Testing at ARCpoint labs is easy- you don’t have to worry about insurance or setting up an appointment. Walk in, meet our certified collectors, and walk out- it is that easy. You’ll receive your results in the next few days.

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Studying Abroad- Health Concerns

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Summer has arrived! You’ve got three months of glorious sunshine and no classes ahead of you. Well, most of you don’t have to worry about studying. For the rest, summer classes are approaching fast. For the most lucky group, you’re packing your bags and preparing to set off to a foreign country.

Studying abroad is one of the greatest opportunities you’ll have in college. If you’re setting off on a study abroad adventure this summer, you’ll want to be completely ready.

Before you step into the unknown, make sure you are physically and mentally ready. Your health probably isn’t your first concern while you plan your trip, but it should be on your mind.

Think about these health related issues before you leave so you won’t have to panic if a medical issue arises while you’re abroad:

1. Wellness

You may not have convenient access to doctors or pharmacies in your destination. Visit your physician for a general checkup before you leave. You never know how the traveling conditions will affect your physical and mental health, so it’s a good idea to discuss possible challenges with your doctor.

If you take prescription medicine, you’ll need to talk to your doctor about the chances of getting that medicine while you’re abroad or if you are even allowed to take that medicine with you. You may need to bring extra doses of over the counter medicine, since other countries don’t always have the same medicines available.

2. Immunizations

Your study abroad program will give you information about immunizations and health records that you need. The CDC traveler’s site has a complete and accurate list so you know you are fully prepared to travel. You’re responsible for having current immunizations. If you’re not sure, a blood test is a convenient way to check on your immunizations. Some countries require HIV tests before travel.

3. Health Insurance

We hope you don’t break a leg or come down with the flu while you’re studying abroad, but we know it happens occasionally! You need special overseas medical insurance to protect yourself from health issues. Your program or school should provide you information about affordable plans that you’ll get before you leave and discontinue when you’re back.

Get Ready for the Time of Your Life!

You have so many details to plan before you hop on the plane, but your health is important. Focusing on your health will help you have an awesome experience- when you don’t have to worry about health and safety issues, you can focus on learning and exploring your new environment!

Planning to study abroad and need to be tested?

Call ARCpoint Labs in Lawrence today.


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Teens get STDs… Not College Students | STD Myths

It’s pretty widespread knowledge that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) quickly travel around the teenage community. It’s even been said that ONE IN FOUR teenagers have an STD. And it makes sense. Teenagers who become sexually active at a younger age are more susceptible. Plus, lack of understanding of safe sex practices can also contribute to the occurrence of STDs in teens. Although teens are known for their susceptibility, a lesser known and recognized problem is that college students, even those at KU, are at risk, too. The STDs traveling around college campuses are a growing concern that can have detrimental effects on students and their families in the long run if untreated.

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Teens aren't the only ones who get STDs. If you're in college, make sure to practice safe sex, too.

How do you Get an STD?

One of the easiest ways to get an STD is to sleep with someone who has an STD. A disease can be transmitted by any anal, oral and/or genital contact. While it’s very difficult to stop the transfer of some STDs, generally latex condoms work the best. Only condoms are said to prevent the spread of an STD, even other birth control methods won’t work when it comes to sexual diseases. And sometimes, condoms won’t even work.

Why Treat an STD

Some of the symptoms of an STD are undetectable, but others make it painfully apparent that you’ve been infected. Numbness, burning, rashes and discharge are just a few of the symptoms. Even if you’re not experiencing pain, it’s critical that you get tested for an STD if you recognize any symptoms, or a sexual partner notifies you that they have one. If your test turns out positive, there are treatment options for you.

The reasons to treat an STD start out as the same to treat nearly any medical condition – feel better, relieve any pain, remove any unwanted embarrassing areas. However, treating STDs is imperative because it can cause detriments to your future fertility if you don’t have it checked and treated.

STDs impact Fertility

College students MUST realize that they are susceptible to STDs just like teens. If you’re sexually active, and especially if you’ve been active since your early teens and have had multiple sexual partners, you are at risk for an STD.

While a marriage and kids may not be on your radar in the next few years, it’s actually not as far off as it may seem. Acquiring an STD doesn’t only effect your current health – but it will impact your future spouse and even your chance at having children. Left untreated, an STD can result in infertility and years of heartbreak at the loss of biological children.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to STDs. Some can be easily treated with antibiotics if caught early. If you’ve had multiple sexual partners or suspect you could carrying an STD (or have received one recently), don’t wait. Get checked today.

More Information on STDs:

The CDC on STDs

Get checked for an STD in Lawrence, KS