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Posted on: April 2, 2018

April is STI Awarness month.

This year’s theme, Treat Me Right, opens the door to encourage learning about STDs and STD prevention, but just as importantly, empowering patients to ask their providers what they can do – and how they can work together – to stay safe and healthy.


Did You Know

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are at an all-time high. Left untreated, STDs can cause:

  • Increased risk of giving or getting HIV
  • Long-term pelvic and/or abdominal pain
  • Inability to get pregnant or pregnancy complications

Testing is the only way to know if you have an STD.


YOU ARE AT RISK FOR STDs IF YOU CAN ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS:

  • Have you had vaginal, anal, or oral sex without a condom?
  • Have you ever had an STD, including HIV?
  • Have any of your partners had an STD?
  • Have you or any of your partners ever injected drugs?
  • Have you or any of your partners exchanged money or drugs for sex?
  • Is it possible that any of your sex partners in the past 12 months had sex with someone else while they were still in a sexual relationship with you?


Look for A Provider Who:

  • Treats you with respect
  • Listens to your opinions and concerns
  • Encourages you to ask questions
  • Explains things in ways you understand
  • Recommends preventive services, like screening tests and shots
  • Treats many health problems including STDs
  • Refers you to a specialist when you need more help with a specific health issue

More information here! Educate yourself. Talk to your doctor or nurse. #treatmeright

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