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Fri, 07 May 2010 00:00:00 -0400By reading more about immune system facts, there'll be a better understanding of how the immune system works. It can also open our eyes to one of the most dreaded diseases in the world which can destroy it, HIV. The immune system is our body's warrior against harmful substances. It is more efficient than the strongest armies in the world and it is one of the life-giving systems in our body. When it malfunctions, it can lead to imminent death. For this reason, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) - the onset of AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome) has become one of the most serious issues that increased the mortality rate of the world's population today.
Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 -0400A confidential HIV test might seem like one of the scariest things you can imagine. But smile, grit your teeth and go right ahead as there are many things in life that are much more scary. We look at just 3 of the things that are much scarier than a confidential HIV test.
Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 -0400We've all heard the saying 'Ignorance is bliss', but when it comes to our health, nothing could be further from the truth. If we don't know that there is a problem, then we can't fix it, and if we don't fix it, most times it will simply get worse and cause us even greater pain and suffering. When it comes to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), it is not just ourselves who suffer as a result of ignorance or lack of action, but those that we come into intimate contact with too, and that is why taking a confidential HIV test is vitally important if there is even the smallest chance that you might have been exposed to any risk.
Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400For those who can remember back to the early 1980s and the start of the AIDS epidemic, there was something vaguely surreal about seeing the warnings on our television screens and the reports put out by the media. Was this all just hype, we were left wondering? Could this new disease really be that bad? Should we all be rushing off for a confidential HIV test? Since then, of course, the grim reality of the destructive forces of HIV and AIDS has hit home, with millions dying. Today, many more are living with the HIV virus thanks to vastly improved treatments.
Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus to give it its full title, is a special type of virus, known as a retrovirus, which attacks the body's immune system via the CD4 cells which are found in the blood and would normally be used to fight off infection. As the retrovirus moves through the body, it breaks down and then reassembles the DNA in the body's cells, so making copies of and spreading the 'bad' DNA. As more and more cells are affected, so the immune system becomes weaker and weaker until eventually it stops working altogether, leaving the body vulnerable to fatal diseases and infections.
Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400If you've ever been in the situation where you've needed to take a confidential HIV test you're likely to be concerned with how you may have caught the virus and where your strain originated from. Scientists have been trying to work out where the virus originated from since it was discovered in the 1980s, but even now that the exact origin of AIDS and HIV is clear, there are still some ridiculous rumours and conspiracy theories about where AIDS came from. Here we bust the worst of them...
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400We may as well get directly to the point! Whether it is casual, recreational or part of a sincere and deep relationship, sex for you is hopefully enjoyable and an expression of your desire, passion and feelings for another person. Unfortunately, HIV (and other sexually transmitted diseases or 'STDs') just can't be thought about in the same positive terms. They can be transmitted during various forms of sexual activity and it's advisable to take the subject seriously.
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400If you're in a monogamous relationship and both you and your partner have been tested for STDs, a regular STD test is not always required. However, what happens when you start to notice symptoms? Could your partner be to blame? Do problems downstairs always mean he's cheating on you?
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400Have you recently taken a confidential HIV test? With any luck, you've breathed a huge sigh of relief as your results came back negative, but not everyone will be so fortunate. Having taken a test, you might just feel a little more fired up towards helping those who are living with HIV. If this is the case, then one of these fundraising opportunities might be just what you're looking for.
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400Whilst most responsible humans undertake regular STD testing, the furred and feathered have their own variety of sexually transmitted diseases to worry about. Bulldogs with brucellosis, koalas with Chlamydia and feline FeLV are just a few infections that feature in the animal kingdom. What should you be looking for as a responsible pet owner and what symptoms can you can expect Fluffy to show?
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, and testing for them, there are many myths out there that people are falling for. This may leave you in danger, and by separating some of the myths from the facts about STDs and STD testing, Los Angeles can become a much safer and healthier place.
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400If you are worried about having contracted an STD, then STD testing in Los Angeles can determine whether you are at risk of any of the common diseases or infections, and they can point you in the right direction for getting help, advice and treatment. However, although it is important to get screened regularly, there are some things that you can do to help protect yourself and decrease your chances of contracting anything through intercourse.
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400Many people do not get an STD panel because they have not had any symptoms of an STD and therefore assume that they are healthy. This is not always the case however, and you may still be infected with certain infections and diseases despite not noticing any signs that anything is wrong.
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400It's a scary situation to be faced with, but it does happen: you go for an STD test and it comes back positive. Although you may be worried, this is the importance of STD testing. Los Angeles residents can easily get a consultation for an STD test, but if the test comes back positive then the important thing is not to worry. Your STD clinic is well equipped to deal with the situation. Here are a few useful steps that you should take when faced with this situation.
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400The STD test (Sexually Transmitted Disease) - it has to be admitted that it's not a subject likely to generate a lot of amusement! That's no excuse for ignoring it though. The fact is, if you like sex then sexual health is something you need to think about. Please remember in what follows that this is not qualified medical advice. If you're worried or in doubt you must consult a medical professional.
Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400Even in these enlightened days, it's not considered polite dinner conversation to chat openly about the STD testing you may or may not be having. Even though it makes sense and every responsible, sexually active adult should be undergoing regular STD testing, it's something that should perhaps only be shared with your nearest and dearest - and even then, perhaps only the nearest and dearest you're having sex with!
Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500When you are sexually active, keeping yourself safe is a very big issue. With a range of sexually transmitted diseases that can be passed on during intercourse, it is highly important to ensure that you look after your sexual health. Since accidents sometimes do happen, whether it be unprotected sex that you didn't foresee, or your form of protection has in some way failed you, you cannot always be completely sure that you are not at risk. By taking an STD panel you can eliminate any worries, and identify anything that you may have picked up as quickly as possible for easy treatment.
Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500From our vantage point from afar, the celebrity lifestyle seems to be bursting at the seams with glitz, glamour and high profile relationships. But for many years, there have been those in the public eye that have chosen to abstain from having sex before they were married, or in some cases have chosen to be celibate for life. Click here to read about some of the world's celibate celebrities, who are unlikely ever to need STD testing.
Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500Scarlett Johansson inadvertently made herself the unofficial STD testing Los Angeles spokesperson when she offered her opinion on how frequently people should be checked for HIV. In an interview, Scarlett spoke of how she considered it 'disgusting' and 'irresponsible' that people neglect to get checked for STDs.
Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500The issue of safe sex is very significant in the big city and no-one should under-estimate the importance of STD testing. Los Angeles in particular is one city who takes this matter seriously and there are many opportunities to have it done quickly and confidentially. In this article we'll explore some of the issues behind this sensitive subject - though please keep in mind that this is not qualified medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, you should always contact a medical professional.
Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500STDs have played a starring role in many films, and not just to encourage STD testing. Here are four to watch out for. STDs are a subject that most people find it hard to talk about, but they crop up surprisingly often in film. Sometimes they are used in a comical fashion as an embarrassing mishap that happens to one of the main characters, sometimes a character's struggle against a disease forms the basis for a serious drama. But however they subject is tackled, STDs on film invariably raise awareness and promote discussion about the issues at hand - and anything that encourages sexual health and STD testing can only be a good thing!
Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500With sexually transmitted diseases more common than they have ever been before, raising awareness both about the risks of unprotected sex and the STD testing options that are available has never been more important. Throughout the year, there are calendar dates devoted to various aspects of sexual health. Find out which dates you should be marking down in your diary for 2010.
Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500During the shows six year history all of the female stars of Sex and the City, bar Carrie, received an STD scare at some point in the show's six seasons. So what can we learn from these scares and how will they can help us to prepare for an upcoming STD panel test.
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500The more common STDs are well known, but sometimes an STD test will produce a truly unusual result. Like one of these five rare STDs... Anyone with a passing knowledge of STDs will be aware of some of the more common infections - gonorrhoea, chlamydia, genital herpes, and so on. If you go for an STD test, these are amongst the most likely diseases that could be found, but they are by no means the only ones - there are many rare infections that may not occur as often, but can be just as dangerous. Some of them were once common, but have been driven back by improvements in medical knowledge, whereas others used to be rare, but are becoming increasingly common for one reason or another.
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500Alarmed by the thought of taking an STD test? Just be thankful you aren't going to experience the mercury treatment! Learn more with this brief history of STD treatment. For as long as human beings have existed, they've had to deal with Sexually Transmitted Diseases, or STDs. Nowadays, we are fortunate that many of the most common STDs are easily treatable, contraception is reliable, and that diagnosis has become very accurate. But back in the day, when there was no reliable STD test for most diseases and even less chance of getting an effective preventative or a cure, catching an STD could be a very serious business indeed...