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By CareLife Medical
September 17, 2018
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Protect yourself from common STDS and get tested regularly

According to the American Sexual Health Association, more than half of adults will face an STD at some point during their lifetime. With 19.7 million new STD infections a year it’s important that you are protecting yourself. Find out more about STD testing, when to get tested and how often you should visit your CareLife Medical OBGYN or Primary Care Physician in Fairfax, VA for testing.

If you have any concerns that you may have been exposed to an STD, it’s always a good idea to schedule testing with your Primary Care Physician or gynecologist in Fairfax, VA so that you know for certain. Getting tested not only protects you but also is a great way to protect your partners. Common symptoms of an STD include:

  • Genital sores
  • Vaginal or penile discharge
  • Itching or burning, often during urination

Of course, not all STDs present with symptoms. In fact, people can have an STD for many years and never know it, which is why getting tested regularly is so very important. If you’ve recently had unprotected sex it’s always a good idea to talk with our OBGYN doctor about whether STD testing is a good idea.

Don’t assume that you will be tested for STDs when you come in for your routine exam. It’s important that you let us know you want to be screened. We will sit down with you and determine which tests are right for you. There is no one test to detect all the different kinds of STDs. Each test will check for a specific disease. Factors such as the symptoms you are having, any STDs you may have had in the past or your sexual habits will help us determine which tests to include.

How is STD testing performed at CareLife Medical in Fairfax, VA?

A lot will depend on the kinds of tests you are getting and whether you are experiencing symptoms. If you are experiencing warts, discharge or sores then a physical examination will often be performed to look at these symptoms.

A urine and a blood sample may also be performed. While sometimes all that’s needed for a diagnosis is to look at symptoms or to perform a physical exam, if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms then these lab tests will help provide us with the answers we need.

Do you need to schedule an STD screening? Do you have questions about the testing we offer? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here for you and your sexual health.

Shift your thinking about goals with this proven approach to setting goals in a way that increases your chances of achieving them. By Stacy M. Peterson

Think about your goals. Do they reflect your values and the vision you hold for your future? Are you excited about them, or are they on your to-do list to please someone else? When goals are meaningful and relevant to you, they can provide direction, meaning and a marker of progress. Find out more about an approach to goal setting that increases your chances of accomplishing your goals.

Make your goals SMART

SMART is a proven approach to achieving goals by making them:

  • Specific. Close your eyes and see yourself doing something. For example, “I can visualize myself eating a vegetable as an afternoon snack each day to help my weight-loss efforts, but I can’t see myself simply stepping on a scale and losing weight.”
  • Measurable. Include components that you can track, such as duration or frequency of your walks. Measurable goals can serve as a great marker of progress.
  • Attainable. This is the Goldilocks rule — find something that’s “just right.” Your goal should feel like a comfortable stretch; not too much, not too little. Challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone, but not to such a degree that you feel overwhelmed and anxious just thinking about your goal.
  • Relevant. I believe this is the most important component. Make your goal meaningful and important to you — not your family member, doctor or employer. As much as you may want to accomplish something because someone else wants you to, the most lasting change comes when you identify deeply personal reasons for doing it. Connecting your goals to your values and vision will compel you to make changes.
  • Time-limited. Establish a realistic deadline. Having an endpoint will allow you to pause and reflect on successes and key learnings and change course if necessary. Often people move on to the next goal without recognizing and reflecting on their progress.

Increase your chances of success by working through these three steps to goal setting.

1. Set aside some time to understand the reasons behind your goal. Don’t move forward until you can answer these questions:

  • In what ways does this goal align with my personal values?
  • How does this goal get me closer to my vision for my future?
  • What excites me about the goal?

2. Once you’ve identified your goal, break it into smaller daily or weekly tasks.

  • To help determine if this goal is the right size for you, rate your confidence on your ability to achieve it, on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being least confident and 10 most confident. If your confidence level is below a 7, that’s a cue to break your goal down to smaller tasks.
  • Begin tracking so that you have a snapshot of your progress to look back on.

3. Share your goal with someone else.

  • Allow yourself to be vulnerable and share your aspirations with someone else. This can create stronger relationships, encouragement and accountability.
  • Find a role model who practices the goal you aspire to achieve.

If you haven’t had much experience with goal setting or haven’t achieved goals you’ve set in the past, don’t be afraid to try again using these tips. Choose an activity you’re likely to follow through on. And consider getting help. A wellness coach or life coach can provide additional support.

In older adults, antithrombotic drugs, antidiabetes drugs, and opioids accounted for three fourths of these visits.

Adverse drug events (ADEs) pose substantial risk for patients, including emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations (NEJM JW Hosp Med Jan 2012 and N Engl J Med 2011; 365:2002). In this new study, investigators used a U.S. national surveillance database to estimate that, each year, 4 in 1000 people (0.4%) visit EDs due to ADEs (1 in 4 such visits result in hospitalization). In older Americans, the annual ED visit rate click here due to ADEs is even higher (1%), with nearly half of such visits resulting in hospitalization.

Whereas ED visits among children usually were due to ADEs caused by antibiotics and antipsychotics, three fourths of ADEs among older adults were caused Danny Amendola by four drug classes — anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, antidiabetic drugs, and opioid analgesics. Beers list medications (i.e., medications to avoid in older patients) were responsible for <4% of all ADE visits to EDs among elders.

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