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									                               Faster STD Test Results

When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, time is of the essence. Getting tested
and treated as quickly as possible after being exposed to an STD can mitigate the
potentially serious health consequences associated with contracting the disease. The
Springfield-Greene County Health Department is just the latest to fight the good fight in
the war against STDs.

KY 3 News out of Springfield, Missouri, recently reported that the department "fights
spread of STDs with faster testing." How is it accomplishing this aim? Through a
process that allows "testing through a urine test instead of a swab for gonorrhea and

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are more than 700,000 new
cases of gonorrheal infections each year in the U.S. Of them, only about half are
reported to CDC. Even more startling, an estimated three million people are infected
with chlamydia each year in the United States, many of them never even knowing it.
And this obliviousness is putting them at serious risk for longstanding side effects.

According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, "If left untreated, gonorrhea may lead
to pelvic inflammatory disease." The same is true of chlamydia. An infection of the
uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs, pelvic inflammatory disease, or
PID as it is commonly referred to, can in turn "lead to serious consequences including
infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain."

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And men are not immune to these harmful side effects. Untreated chlamydia can infect
the tubes of the testicles, leading to abscesses and potential infertility. That's why rapid
STD testing and treatment are so important. And because a urine test is quick, painless
and non-invasive, it encourages individuals who might otherwise be resistant to consent
to STD testing.

And as the news source points out, the best part of this type of STD testing is that the
results are back in a couple of days. Individuals who want to protect themselves from the
serious consequences of an STD but who want to remain totally anonymous when it
comes to how and where they are tested may want to consider an online testing service
that has partnered with reputable labs nationwide to provide them with the rapid and
confidential results they seek.

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