The First Nationwide At-Home STD Testing Service Offers Reminders and Tips around Sexual Health to College Students
LOS ANGELES, CA - With many students starting or returning to colleges and universities, myLAB Box, the first nationwide at-home STD testing service, today announced a number of sexual health reminders and tips as part of their “Safe is Sexy Back to College Guide.”
While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect individuals of all ages, STDs and STIs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. According to the CDC, they estimate that even though those between 15-24 make up just over a quarter of the sexually active population, this particular segment of the population accounts for half of the 20 million new STIs that occur in the United States each year. When you factor into account the increasingly popular online dating apps, you’re facing a powerful combination that only increases the chances of STDs and STIs for this generation.
The myLAB Box Back to College Guide covers relevant topics to educate and offer students an easier way to take control of their personal health on and off campus:
● Safe Sex Isn’t As Safe As You May Think. STIs are not only passed through intercourse. You can also contract them from oral sex and, in some cases, even from kissing. For example, herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea are three infections that can directly affect your mouth or throat. It pays to educate yourself on the common signs and symptoms of the most common STIs.
● Back to School, Back to Testing. A lot of college students are nervous about testing. That makes sense. Teens and young adults are often too shy to go to a clinic or doctor’s office. However, STIs and STDs are a serious health risk. Regular testing is the best way to consistently know your status. One of the smartest moves you can make for your sexual health is to get tested for HPV and other STIs. If you’re too nervous to go to a clinic, you can order an at-home STI testing kit and do the test right in your dorm room. It’s so easy that it leaves you with no valid excuses for not getting tested.
● The condom is one of your best methods of defense against infection and unwanted pregnancies. When used correctly, it can offer a 98% chance of preventing pregnancy. While not perfect, latex condoms are also among the best ways to protect against many STDs and STIs.
● Other Methods of Protection. There are other ways to protect yourself as you go back to school and back in bed. These include the birth control pill, the patch and the ring, all of which are prescribed by your doctor. All of these methods are designed to administer hormones to your body – via pill, a patch that is worn on your skin, or a ring that you insert vaginally – for 3 weeks at a time, with your period occurring in the 4th week.
“Even though you may know your bedroom partners from class, that’s not the same thing as knowing their STI status. College is often a time when students experiment with their sexual activity, have multiple partners and dates, and play it a little loose with the rules,” said Lora Ivanova, CEO & Co-Founder of myLAB Box. “With as many as 80% of infections showing little to no symptoms, you’ll never know if someone is free and clear of STIs unless they’ve been tested. We hope these tips will be a good reminder to college students to practice safe sex.”
myLAB Box offers quick and private tests that can be paid for out-of-pocket (and for about half of the price you would at a doctor’s office). These tests take five minutes to complete and are shipped in discreet packaging. You can take them anytime and anyplace. If you live in one of the many states that offers telemedicine, and most do, you can even speak with a doctor and get prescribed your treatment right over the phone for no extra charge. It’s simply the easiest and most convenient way to be tested.
To help college students everywhere take greater control of their sexual health, myLAB Box is offering a 20 percent discount for all of September with the following discount code – backtoschool2018. And for students with either a medical Flexible Savings Account (FSA) or a Health Savings Accounts (HSA) accounts, myLAB Box proudly accepts both FSA and HSA as payment options, making its service even more affordable and accessible for men and women in every state.
About myLAB Box
Founded in 2013, myLAB Box is the first company to offer a nationwide at-home screening platform for STDs. From affordable screening to complimentary physician consultations for positives, every aspect of the myLAB Box service is designed to be safe, effective, and efficient. By offering testing, screening or testing services directly to consumers, myLAB Box is able to offer exceptional service at half the cost of conventional lab tests. From affordable screening to complimentary physician consultations for positives, every aspect of the myLAB Box service is designed to be safe, effective and efficient. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit: http://www.mylabbox.com.
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