STD Rates Continue to Skyrocket — Get Tested Today!

Federal experts say that the number of people in the US with one or more STD has reached an all-time high in 2016. The previous two years were also record-setting years for STDs — there is no end to the rise in sight. Continue reading “STD Rates Continue to Skyrocket — Get Tested Today!” »

Educate Your Teens About STDs

Just because school is back in session does not mean your kids are going to become model citizens. Though some are just born with good common sense, many teens love to go to parties with friends, date new people, and try new things — even if it means exposing themselves to STDs. Continue reading “Educate Your Teens About STDs” »

Sexual Assault, STD Rates & Aftercare Action

April is Sexual Assault Action & Awareness Month, which provides an excellent chance to look at STD rates in sexual assaults. 18 percent of women and 1.8 percent of men in the US are victims of rape every year. Along with learning about important statistics, knowing the psychological and physical ramifications and seeking aftercare are important. Continue reading “Sexual Assault, STD Rates & Aftercare Action” »

Valentine’s Day Week is Condom Week

Each year, 450 million condoms are sold in the United States, yet nearly 20 million cases of STDs are newly reported. One in four Americans will get an STD in their lifetime and it costs the health care system $17 billion dollars. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Week is Condom Week” »

Consequences of Untreated STDs

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What is the worst case scenario if you decide not to treat an STD? After receiving a diagnosis, some people are tempted not to undergo treatment for the disease. This is often because they have no symptoms. However, untreated STDs have a way of sneaking up on people. One day there are no symptoms, and life-threatening complications may arise on the next. It may be helpful to understand the possibilities in order to avoid the worst case scenario. Continue reading “Consequences of Untreated STDs” »

Top 4 Most Common STDs You Should Get Tested For

In order to stay healthy for years to come, if you are sexually active, then you must get routine check-ups, including STD testing.

There are specific STDs that are more common and thus should be tested for regularly. Here are the top 4 STD tests you should have.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea on the Rise

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Cases of gonorrhea have remained fairly steady in the US since 2000, remaining in a range from 300,000-400,000.
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To some, this may come as good news. However, recently, a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that there is cause for concern when it comes to gonorrhea — the STD is showing more and more resistance to antibiotics.
Here’s what you should know about this development.

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Is Technology Causing a Spike in STD Rates?

In addition to disrupting the dinner table, smart phones and other forms of technology have other dangerous impacts, it seems.

One study has shown that Craigslist, a website allowing users to sell their stuff and post personal ads, has increased STD rates; another links new hook-up apps Gindr and Tinder with climbing STD rates, too.

Here’s what you should know about technology and STD rates.

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Read This Before You Go Back to College

As August begins, many Kansas City teens are preparing to start or go back to college. Classes, college friends, fun, and football season are likely on the brain.

Whether you attend school in KC or a more distant location, it’s key that you take steps to keep yourself healthy this semester.

Here are our tips for staying well as you head back to college!

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Celebrate National HIV Testing Day

“Take the Test, Take Control!” is the campaign slogan for National HIV Testing Day. Though it is a difficult topic, it is vitally important to your health to be aware of you HIV status. With over 1 million people living with HIV in the US, it’s important to educate young people on the importance of HIV testing. After someone has tested positive for HIV, they can seek medical attention as well as take the necessary precautions to prevent any further spreading of this condition.

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