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STD testing needs are different for everyone
Date: 2011-01-13 11:43:25
Given the persistently rising rates of sexually transmitted disease, experts say that regular STD testing is a crucial part of any overall health regimen. However, the diseases that individuals should be tested for depend largely on their own gender and lifestyle factors.... Full Story

Impulsivity tied to increased odds of contracting an STD
Date: 2011-01-26 13:23:29
Individuals who had impulse control problems during childhood may benefit from STD testing, as a new study from Duke University researchers has shown that impulsive children are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases as adults.... Full Story

Free morning after pills may increase the number of positive teen STD tests
Date: 2011-02-04 13:43:02
Providing the morning after pill free of charge over-the-counter to teens appears to do little to curb unintended pregnancies and may also contribute to an increase in the number of adolescents who receive positive STD tests, according to a new study from a team of researchers from the UK.... Full Story

Areas see low rates of STD testing
Date: 2011-02-07 12:57:06
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that STD testing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of sexually acquired infections. However, based on new data, it seems that many people in some parts of the country are not heeding this advice.... Full Story

Schools look to make STD testing more available
Date: 2011-02-23 12:53:15
While some school districts prefer to teach their students about abstinence only when it comes to sexual health education, others are taking a more realistic approach and even going so far as to offer students free STD testing. Experts say that this method allows them to control the spread of potentially dangerous infections.... Full Story

Officials look to make STD testing more available for seniors
Date: 2011-02-25 12:37:09
Caring for sexually transmitted disease can be significantly less expensive when they are diagnosed early. Additionally, the costs can be reduced even further if infections are avoided altogether.... Full Story

At-home STD testing may increase utilization
Date: 2011-03-01 13:47:10
Many people find the prospect of going into a health clinic and asking for an STD test to be an embarrassing process. For this reason, testing is often avoided, which may put individuals at a higher risk for potentially dangerous infections.... Full Story

Proposal would cover STD testing for seniors
Date: 2011-03-07 12:30:05
Due to the fact that people are staying sexually active later into life, medical professionals are reporting that there is a greater demand for STD testing from senior citizens.... Full Story

Syphilis rates rise, particularly among high-risk groups
Date: 2011-03-28 12:43:51
After nearly being eradicated years ago, many more people are receiving positive syphilis tests, and experts say that public health efforts need to refocus in order to deal with the spread of this infection.... Full Story

STD awareness month seeks to dispel disease myths
Date: 2011-04-25 12:32:46
In recognition of April's designation as sexually transmitted disease awareness month, many groups are urging individuals to seek STD testing. With the end of the month drawing near, individuals are running out of time to get screened as part of the national observance of the awareness month.... Full Story

Abstinence doesn't necessarily reduce sexual risk taking, study finds
Date: 2011-05-18 11:29:51
Many sex education classes focus on teaching children the importance of abstinence thinking that delaying delaying sexual intercourse will reduce their odds of having multiple sexual partners and limit their chances of receiving a positive STD test. However, a new study suggests that things might not always work out this way.... Full Story

New service seeks to help individuals share STD test results with partners
Date: 2011-05-25 10:52:38
STD testing is not only important for the individual being screened, it is also a crucial part of helping those in a sexual relationship know the status of their partner. As part of this, online STD test results sharing services are becoming increasingly popular.... Full Story

Researchers identify antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea
Date: 2011-07-11 14:44:22
A positive gonorrhea test may soon become a more menacing situation than it currently is, as a team of Swedish researchers has identified the first strain of the bacteria that is totally resistant to currently available antibiotics.... Full Story

Panel calls for STD medications to be made more available
Date: 2011-08-30 15:16:54
A positive STD test affects more than just the person with the infection - it also has implications for the sexual partners of that person. For this reason, a group of experts is calling for the expedited treatment of these individuals.... Full Story

States see rise in STDs as funding for prevention dwindles
Date: 2011-09-13 08:17:31
States across the country are cutting preventative measures aimed at helping people avoid contracting sexually transmitted disease in order to balance their budgets. While this may enable legislatures to get their financial houses in order, it may also be causing a rise in positive STD tests.... Full Story

Older women lack sexual health knowledge, study finds
Date: 2011-09-14 16:01:42
Older women may be unaware of important information about sexual health, according to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs. This may put them at an increased risk of receiving a positive STD test.... Full Story

Expert: Couples should talk about STD testing
Date: 2011-09-19 08:09:12
For those who are starting a new relationship, STD testing may play an important role in helping both partners feel safe that neither has an infection that could potentially be spread. However, it can still be difficult to ask a new partner to get tested.... Full Story

Action needed to combat treatment-resistant gonorrhea, experts say
Date: 2011-09-20 15:46:05
Doctors are increasingly seeing cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, and experts are saying urgent action is needed to avert a public health crisis. This could prevent many new positive STD tests.... Full Story

Many people wait until Monday to seek STD testing
Date: 2011-09-22 08:23:32
The weekend is the most common time for people to engage in sexual activity, but new research suggests that individuals may not feel concerned about their unsafe sexual practices until the weekend is over.... Full Story

STDs on the rise among the elderly
Date: 2011-09-27 08:50:38
Most of the information about preventing STDs is aimed at young people. After all, the vast majority of new cases of infections occur in individuals between the ages of 18 and 25. However, experts are saying that a disturbing new trend is leading an increase in the number of positive STD tests among older individuals.... Full Story

Groups urge STD testing for those at risk
Date: 2011-10-14 16:01:08
Experts are urging members of high-risk communities to seek regular STD testing in order to lower their odds of transmitting the disease to other individuals. Despite advancements in treating the infection, new cases are still prominent.... Full Story

Parents should discuss the risk of STD with their children, expert says
Date: 2011-10-19 16:03:44
Due to the fact that STD rates are rising among young people, experts say it is now more important than ever for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of unprotected sex and the benefits of STD testing.... Full Story

Free STD testing services fall victim to cities' budget woes
Date: 2011-10-27 15:51:18
With many state and local budgets cutting services in order to manage deficits, free STD testing services in areas across the country are being eliminated. This is forcing individuals to find other providers of screening services.... Full Story

Hepatitis deaths now outnumber HIV deaths
Date: 2011-11-09 15:10:44
For decades, public health officials have warned individuals about the dangers posed by HIV and AIDS. While the diseases are still a very serious problem, some are now saying that encouraging people to seek hepatitis C testing may actually be more important.... Full Story

New report cites heavy burden of STDs in U.S.
Date: 2011-11-17 16:44:49
In recent years, progress has been made in fighting syphilis, but the overall number of people receiving positive STD tests remains stubbornly high, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Full Story

STD testing can alert individuals to fertility-robbing health problems
Date: 2011-11-28 16:25:25
Many sexually transmitted diseases present few symptoms upon infection. The worst consequences may not come until years later, which is why it is important for individuals to consider seeking STD testing if they have had unprotected sex.... Full Story

Experts says STD rates are rising in some parts of the country
Date: 2011-12-02 16:46:57
STD testing is needed now more than ever, as experts say they are seeing rates of diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea hit all-time highs.... Full Story

Herpes 2 testing is critical to controlling spread of infection
Date: 2011-12-08 16:55:00
Many people may avoid seeking herpes 2 testing for fear of what it may mean if they are positively diagnosed. However, the repercussions of the disease may not be as bad as some people believe. This is particularly true when it comes to a person's ability to have sex.... Full Story

Common STD may make men's sweat stink
Date: 2011-12-09 16:36:15
Most people are familiar with some of the more common symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia or gonorrhea, but a new study has uncovered a lesser known symptom associated with a positive STD test.... Full Story

The rising tide of STDs in 2010
Date: 2011-12-12 16:45:45
A significant amount of progress has been in battling sexually transmitted infections in recent years. Fewer people now receive positive STD tests for conditions like HIV. However, some troubling trends persist. Rates of other infections like chlamydia remain high and, in some cases, are increasing.... Full Story

STD rates rise among seniors
Date: 2011-12-12 16:49:19
Positive STD tests are becoming a growing problem in the nation's nursing homes, as experts say older individuals are staying sexually active while not necessarily practicing safe sex.... Full Story

More education needed to prevent spread of STDs, expert says
Date: 2011-12-14 16:49:09
Encouraging individuals to seek STD testing and treating those infected have been the primary components of most public health responses to the issue of STDs. However, some experts are saying that state efforts need to look beyond these aspects of prevention.... Full Story

Young people may benefit from STD testing
Date: 2011-12-16 17:11:53
STD testing is generally thought of something that is most important for college-age individuals and young adults. However, experts are increasingly warning that younger children are sexually active, too, which puts them at risk for contracting an infection.... Full Story

Group sex represents major STD risk factor for young people
Date: 2011-12-20 16:47:17
The number adolescent girls who participate in group sex experiences is rising, according to a new study, and the researchers say this could lead to increases in the number of individuals who receive positive STD test results.... Full Story

Risk factors for STD infection
Date: 2011-12-21 16:54:31
Just about anyone who engages in sexual activity is at risk of receiving a positive STD test at some point in their life, but certain individuals may be even more likely to contract an infection due to their lifestyle habits or other factors. Understanding these risk factors can help individuals mitigate them and reduce their chances of becoming infected.... Full Story

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