Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a prevalent and completely normal health concern. If left untreated, they can lead to long-term health complications. At Between Health, we are dedicated to providing accessible and affordable healthcare options for all women, including early detection and treatment of STIs.
Here's what to do if you suspect you have an STI, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis:
1. Get Tested
The first step is to get tested. You can choose between visiting a healthcare provider's office or using an at-home test kit. Remember, STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea may not show symptoms or may present with mild ones, making testing essential for confirmation.
2. Consult Your Healthcare Provider
If your test results are positive, consult your healthcare provider about treatment options. Most STIs are treatable with antibiotics, but it's crucial to follow your provider's guidance, complete the prescribed course, and abstain from sexual activity until fully recovered.
3. Inform Your Partners
Notify your recent sexual partners about your STI, encouraging them to get tested and treated. I know it can be a challenging conversation, but it's vital for their health and to prevent the infection from spreading.
4. Adopt Preventative Measures
To avoid future infections, practice safe sex by using condoms and undergoing regular STI testing if sexually active. You can also have open conversations with your partner(s) about STIs and testing. It might be a slightly awkward topic, but it is well worth the conversation.
At Between Health, we believe everyone deserves high-quality, compassionate healthcare, no matter their health status or background. If you have concerns about STIs or need testing, we are here to support you with convenient and affordable healthcare options. Book here at one of our partner locations for quick and affordable testing. Our partners accept most major health insurance plans and have reasonable self-pay prices!
Taking care of your sexual health is essential for overall well-being. Don't hesitate to act if you suspect an STI.
Sheereen Brown (CEO) & Asia Barnes (COO)
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Note: Any information shared in our blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns or book your visit here.
Sources: This content is based on common practices and advice related to sexual health and STI prevention. For the most accurate and up-to-date information on this topic, consult reputable health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).