Health Testing Centers Make It Easy To Be Confident
Get tested and be confident with the Health Testing Centers Peace of Mind (STD Testing) Panel - Level II. This convenient panel adds Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis C tests to the Peace of Mind Panel, providing comprehensive testing for sexually transmitted diseases:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Herpes Simplex Virus (I/II, IgG)
The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 19 million new cases of STDs occur each year in the United States, with almost half of them among young people. The senior population in the United States has also experienced dramatic growth of STDs in recent years. Some STDs have no symptoms, so you may be infected and not know it. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.
Chlamydia is the most common STD in the U.S. with 75% of women and 50% of men having the disease. Many exhibit no signs or symptoms and may not even aware of the infection. However, if left untreated chlamydia can lead to serious complications including infertility.
Gonorrhea, also called "The Clap,"is caused by a bacterium in warm and moist regions including the uterus or urethra as well as the mouth, throat, anus, and eyes. 10% of infected men and 80% of infected women have no symptoms. This serious infection can lead to conjunctivitis and infertility.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Between 1.2 and 1.5 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Up to a quarter of those infected are unaware they are carrying the virus. Choosing Health Testing Centers means you can be sure of your results; home HIV test kits are not approved by the FDA because of inconsistency in the accuracy of the results that they report.
In the United States, about one out of every 20 people has been infected with the hepatitis B virus. This virus infects the liver, and can be spread by unprotected sex, by sharing needles used by an infected person, by non-sterile tattoo needles, from mother to baby during birth and nursing, and by sharing razors or toothbrushes with an infected person.
Infected individuals may experience flu-like symptoms, extreme fatigue, liver damage, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). While most people infected with hepatitis B will recover from the virus in time, some people become chronic carriers, passing the disease to others.
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus occurs in two types: herpes simplex type I, which is traditionally associated with cold sores around the lips and mouth, and herpes simplex type II, which is associated with blisters and sores on or around the genital area. Genital herpes can be caused by either type of the virus. People with genital herpes experience outbreaks of painful blisters on the genital region, which rupture and form sores.
The virus is spread to others via contact with the blisters or sores or by contact with body fluids, which can occur during unprotected sex. Since you can contract genital herpes from an infected person even if the person is not experiencing an outbreak, it is easy to be infected without realizing it. One in four Americans has been infected with genital herpes, many of whom are not aware they are infected.
Syphilis is one of the fastest-growing sexually transmitted diseases, with more than 55,000 new infections contracted in the United States annually. This disease is transmitted by physical contact with a syphilis sore, which usually occurs during unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
In the early stages, it causes skin rashes, which are painless and may go unnoticed or may be mistaken for rashes caused by other conditions. If left untreated, however, syphilis will become latent (dormant) in the body, and in 15% of cases will progress to late stage disease, which can cause blindness, muscle tremors, cardiac disease, and even death. Syphilis sores also make it easier to transmit HIV, so testing for both diseases is ideal.
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