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Why should college students worry about their health?

College life is all about freedom, excitement and meeting new people. Many people consider college to be the time of your life. What many students fail to realize, however, is that health is a major part of your college experience.

Think about it: if you were to get sick and miss a portion of your semester, you’d be missing out on a lot. You’d miss class, time with friends and opportunities to stay involved in campus groups. You don’t have to think about a serious illness for this same scenario to play out. If you aren’t paying attention to your mental and physical health, you’re missing out on things. You may have low energy, get colds often or feel extremely stressed. These factors keep you from fully enjoying the college experience.

So, college students can’t forget to prioritize their health. Maintaining your mental and physical health not only helps you have the best experience possible — it also creates lifelong habits. If you want to feel young and vibrant for years to come, you have to think about your health now. Making healthy decisions now sets the path for healthy decisions as you age!

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Vaccines and Testing: Why You Need Both

We normally think that vaccines are for kids. This is true; Kids must go in for immunizations regularly. However, there are important vaccines for people of all ages.

College students, you are no exception! As you age, your immunity to certan diseases wears off. You also are at risk for different diseases.

When you’re thinking about preventing diseases with vaccines, you should also be thinking about your current health. How is your thyroid functioning? Do you have any undetected STDs? Are you allergic to anything? Now is the time to check.

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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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Who’s more sexually active – young teens or college students?

young-teen-sex-statistics-vs-college-studentsMany assume that a high percentage of teens as young as 12 or 13 engage in sexual acts. Given the high occurrence of STDs among teens and societal influences, it’s not out of line to wonder if young teens engage in as much sexual behavior as college students.

But – statistics show that’s not the case. In fact, it’s not even close.

Young teen sex statistics

A study in Pediatrics and reported on by USA Today shows that many young teens are not engaging in sexual behavior. Statistics over the past 50 years have held steady. Just look at some of the findings:

Boys and girls who’ve had sex:

  • only 0.6% of 10-year-olds
  • 1.1% of 11-year-olds
  • 2.4% of 12-year-olds
  • the incidence of pregnancy among girls age 12 or younger “is minuscule.”

Read the full report from USA Today on young teens engaging in sex

At no time in the past 50 years did more than 10% of girls have sex by their 14th birthday.” – Lawrence Finer, director of domestic research for the Guttmacher Institute

Although many might assume young teens (or pre-teens) engage in sexual behavior, statics do not back up that thought.

College student sex studies

A college campus, however, is an entirely different story. A 2011 article by USA Today discussed the culture of a university and unique dilemmas student enrollment can create:

… The higher proportion of women on campuses has contributed to the ascent of the hookup culture. Overall, women made up more than 56% of the college population in 2009, according to the recent Census data on enrollments; more women are found on many campuses that serve both sexes.

Not only do college students engage in sexual activity, but “casual hookups” are occurring more and more as the ratio of men-to-women does not even out.

By senior year, 72% of both sexes reported having at least one hookup, with the average of 9.7 for men and 7.1 for women. Just under one-quarter (24%) of seniors say they are virgins, she says.

Despite this growing “hookup culture” where it seems like everyone is having sex while at college, it appears virginity is on the rise – although less than a quarter of college students avoid sex altogether.

  • Among 18- and 19-year-olds, about one-quarter of men and women said they hadn’t had sexual contact with another person, up from 17% of women and 22% of men in 2002.
  • Among those ages 20-24, 12% of women and 13% of men said they were virgins, up from 8% for both sexes in 2002.

Read the full USA Today report on hookups around college campuses

Protecting teens and college students

The statistics show us a few things:

  • Parents, teachers and mentors are doing a great job at making sure young teens do not get sexually involved too soon.
  • The “hookup” culture of college campus is prevalent and an STD breeding ground.
  • Extreme self-control and responsibility shown by the rising virginity rates is hopeful when it comes to the treatment and stop of STDs.

If you are in the Lawrence, KS area and need an STD test for your teen or college student, contact us today. We offer affordable, confidential and fast results.

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Don’t Sit on The Syph…

Warning – you might think this is gross for a second, but hang in there with me. It’s really important.

We’ve talked about STDs before and their prevalence, especially among campuses such as KU. You must be on guard when it comes to preventing and treating STDs. Nobody likes the thought of getting one. And all of us really dread getting STD tested and then treating one. However the worse thing of all – not treating one and causing many problems for you and anyone you slept with later down the road.


KU students need to be on guard for STDs

While no STD is pleasant, we wanted to inform you about syphilis today. It’s not as prevalent as chlamydia or gonorrhea, which are as common as Justin Bieber fans in a middle school. However “syph” is just as problematic, if not more, and carries some big implications if not treated.

About Syphilis

Syphilis is actually more common in young adults than teens. Anyone in their early 20s up through age 40 is more prone to get syphilis. Like all other STDs, it’s transmitted through sexual activity. You can’t get it from touching the same objects or kissing. Syphilis is a treatable STD, however the problem is that many don’t treat it. It shows up as a small little bump initially but then can clear up on its own. If it advances to the second phase, it may show up as a rash – but once again, it clears up on its own. The problem is that while it appears to be gone, it actually can hang out in your body for DECADES longer. If it shows up again, even 10-15 years later, it could cause major, major problems.

Read more about syphilis.

Passing Syphilis To Your Kids

Another problem with syphilis is that it can cause stillbirth or other pregnancy complications. If you make it through a healthy pregnancy, it’s possible to pass the disease along to your newborn and cause complications for your baby soon after its born.

Increasing your HIV Risk

CDC says that those with syphilis have a 2-to-5 fold risk of contracting HIV.

Learn more about syphilis from the CDC.

Treating Syphilis

Treating syphilis early is the key to wiping out this STD. It begins as a virus and can be wiped out with an antibiotic. Don’t assume just because it appeared to “clear up” that it’s gone. Get STD tested and treated.

In the Kansas City Area & Afraid you have syphilis?

Get STD tested today.


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.


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