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Reminder: STD Testing Is Still Important During the Pandemic

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The pandemic has disrupted many parts of our lives, testing for sexually transmitted diseases included. Between clinic closures and supply shortages, a lot of tests have been delayed, as testing rates plunged over the past several months. So consider this your reminder that if you’re at risk for an STD, you should make sure to seek out testing, even if it’s more inconvenient than usual.

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The CDC’s recommendations for STI testing are here. The recommendations vary depending on who you are and whether you have sex with multiple partners each year. Many of us should be getting tested at least once a year for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and, in some cases, HIV and syphilis.

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Unfortunately, chlamydia and gonorrhea test kits are in short supply right now. The Department of Health and Human Services recently sent a letter to providers recommending that people at the highest levels of risk, including people who are pregnant and men who have sex with men, be prioritized in testing. They also noted that if someone has a confirmed case of chlamydia or gonorrhea, it may make sense to start their partner(s) on treatment without waiting for test results.

To make things extra fun, there is now also a shortage of azithromycin, one of the antibiotics commonly used to treat chlamydia and gonorrhea. Every time you see a quack get on Youtube tell their followers to take “hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin and zinc” to prevent COVID (which doesn’t work, by the way), they’re affecting the availability of necessary drugs for people with STIs.

Tests for other STIs aren’t necessarily affected by the shortages, even as some clinics may not be back to full operation, which complicates things. If you have symptoms or if you’re in a high risk group, reach out to your provider or your local sexual health clinic and ask what they can do. Often they’ll have options for you. For example, some clinics are closed for exams and other routine care, but will still do screenings.

There are also home tests for HIV and mail-in tests for other STIs, like the ones available at Let’s Get Checked. Companies that sell these tests often don’t accept insurance, but do accept FSA and HSA cards. If you put off an STI test this spring when things closed down for the pandemic, take some time now to check out your options and make sure to get a test if you need one.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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