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Having sex? On a regular or irregular basis? Know your partner's sexual history and health status? Are you really sure about that? Then you need to know as much as you can about STD s. Specifically, it's a really good idea to know what tests are available, in case you think you may have an STD. You'll want to get the results and if you do test positive, meaning presence of an STD, you can then find out if you need to be treated (if treatment is available) and if you need to let your partner(s) know so he (or she) can be treated as well. In some cases there is no treatment (HPV, herpes), and you may simply need to learn how not to spread the STD to others and how to minimize outbreaks..
Let's agree, that the only 100% effective way to avoid STD exposure, is to refrain from sex entirely. The next best option is to always use a condom, with the inderstanding that certain STDs like herpes, can live on skin around the vagina or penis, areas the con...
In the 21st century, medicine has seen unrivaled advances, enabling patient care that includes finding cures for previously incurable diseases. Surgical intervention has moved into a minimally invasive platform, with illness being treated in manners that allows for rapid return to work. Patients in the U.S. are constantly benefitting from the technology that is available; as a result, the American people are living longer, healthier and more productive lives than ever.
Recent events that have occurred on Capitol Hill have threatened to change this. Since this is a urology blog, first allow me to address the United States Preventive Task Force (USPSTF) decision regarding PSA testing . Recently this organization has given PSA screening a “D” rating. The panel has advised against PSA-based prostate cancer screening for men of all ages based on the panel’s moderate certainty that the potential harms of testing outweigh the benefits of testing. The...
Often, the hardest part of screening and testing isn’t undergoing the tests themselves, but waiting for results to come back. If you’re like most people, you will want your test results as soon as possible. With an emergency or just before a chemotherapy treatment, test results generally come back quickly. But when your doctor orders a non-emergency test — which most breast-cancer-related tests are — the lab or radiology department may not send the results back as quickly. Your doctor isn’t likely to know when the test actually gets done or if the results are available until the report comes into the office 3 to 7 days later. Meanwhile, you may think that your doctor has the results and isn’t getting back to you.
Although there is no way to make test results come back any faster, there are steps you can take to feel more in control of the process. Simply asking about when to expect results and making arrangements with your doctor to get them can go a long way toward reducing anxiety. ...
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