The 2016 Theme of STD Awareness Month is TALK, TEST, TREAT
The only way to avoid getting an STD is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are sexually active, or thinking of becoming sexually active, it is important to protect your health. Understanding what you can do to lower your risk of getting infected is the first step.
TALK openly and honestly to your partner about STDS, BEFORE having sex. Talk about when you were last tested and suggest getting tested together. If you already have an STD like herpes or HIV, tell your partner. Agree to only have sex with each other, and use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.
TALK with your healthcare provider about your sex life, and ask what STD tests you should be getting. Not all medical checkups include STD testing, so unless you discuss if you’re being tested, you shouldn’t assume that you have been.
TEST. Get tested. It’s the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. Many STDs don’t cause any symptoms, and you can have them for a long time without knowing. If you aren’t comfortable talking with your regular healthcare provider about STDS, find a clinic https://gettested.cdc.gov near you that provides testing.
TREAT. If you test positive for an STD, make sure you get the correct treatment. Some STDs can be cured if you take all your medication, and make sure your sex partner also is treated before having sex again, usually for 7 days to make sure your infection is cured. Other STDs aren’t curable, but are treatable. Talk to your medical provider about this.
Do the right thing for you and your partner. Talk to them, Get yourself tested, and if positive get treated.
Contact the ONEIDA COUNTY REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINIC at 715-369-6116 for information on low or no cost STD testing.