Help Your Teen Understand STDs

We all know that kids and teens do not become perfect angels overnight. Even as school is back in session, it’s still important to have important conversations with your teens about responsibility. Though some kids are blessed with common sense, many teens love to party with friends, date new people, and try new things, but if they’re not careful, they could be exposed to STDs.  Continue reading “Help Your Teen Understand STDs” »

National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?

According to the CDC, national rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases have risen for the fourth year in a row. In 2017, almost 2.3 million cases were diagnosed with one of these three STDs. That number breaks the 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases. In light of this public health crisis, what can you do to ensure that you are staying safe? Test Smartly Labs has some recommendations of steps you can take to avoid joining this troubling statistic.  Continue reading “National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?” »

College Students: Read This Before You Go Back to School

As August progresses, many KC teens are getting ready to start college or return back to campuses across the country. There are many things to think about, such as class schedules, football games, and seeing friends. Whether you go to school in Kansas City or attend a distant school, it’s important to include health and safety on your school checklist.  Continue reading “College Students: Read This Before You Go Back to School” »

Do You Need an STD Test?

STDs are a topic that no one really likes to discuss. While STDs can run rampant among teenagers who haven’t had proper education about sexual health, they’re also very common among adults.  As a walk-in lab that offers comprehensive STD panels, Test Smartly Labs is often consulted by people who are trying to gauge their risk. So if you are trying to figure out if you’re “safe” or if you should get tested, here are some tips for you: Continue reading “Do You Need an STD Test?” »