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ACR Health Expands Testing Options to Find Hard-to-Detect STD's

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Case of sexually transmitted disease spiked in the state in recent years, and ACR Health in Syracuse is now expanding testing options to find STD's that might have gone undetected in the past. 

The  organization is now offering three-point testing that can collect cell samples from multiple areas of the body.  Director of Prevention John Arcaro explains a simple self-test in their office can reveal if an STD is present on the skin.

“This is because STD's are bacterial infections, and can be localized not just to the genital region, but to the throat and rectum as well.  These types of infections are not detected with traditional urine screenings, and are asymptomatic 85 percent of the time.  They're often passed on to partners because they’ve gone undetected.” 

In roughly 70 to 88 percent of test results of men who have sex with men, chlamydia and gonorrhea aren’t detected in urine samples.  Executive Director Wil Murtaugh says the new testing will be able to provide better results.

"Traditional sexsually transmitted testing procedures sometimes miss positive infections due to the location site of the infection, that would be more likely to accurately diagnose sexually transmitted infections regardless of where infection exists on the individual.”

Murtaugh emphasizes that it’s important for people to know their status.  ACR tests for HIV, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

You can come to us any day of the week, get tested.  We also have night testing on Tuesday's, find out if there's anything in your body that you shouldn't have there, and we'll help you navigate you toward a treatment.” 

ACR’s “Paint the Town Red” awareness campaign leads up to this weekend’s AIDS Walk and Run Sunday at Beaver Lake Nature Center.  More on that and their services is at ACR Health.org.

John Smith has been waking up WAER listeners for a long time as our Local Co-Host of Morning Edition with timely news and information, working alongside student Sportscasters from the Newhouse School.
Scott Willis covers politics, local government, transportation, and arts and culture for WAER. He came to Syracuse from Detroit in 2001, where he began his career in radio as an intern and freelance reporter. Scott is honored and privileged to bring the day’s news and in-depth feature reporting to WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners. You can find him on twitter @swillisWAER and email him at srwillis@syr.edu.