According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, over 20 million new Sexually Transmitted Disease(STD) infections occur each year in the United States. This means that there are currently over 110 million men and women living with an STD in the US. If left untreated a sexually transmitted infection (STI) can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, in increased risk of HIV contraction, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and many other health risks.
If you are currently sexually active the best way to prevent an STI is to talk, test, and treat.
TALKING… with your partner prior to intercourse about which methods will be used to prevent pregnancy and infections is the first step to sexual health. TALKING… also includes being open and honest with your health care provider about your sexual history and behaviors. Discussing this with you provider will lead to the next most important step, TESTING.
Based on your age and history, your health care provider can recommend what STI TESTING you should receive. The CDC has a current up to date list of recommendations that can be found on their website. If your test results are positive your doctor will prescribe a TREATMENT regimen that is very important to follow.
In addition, it is important to also inform any partners that you have had intercourse with in the past three months. Your doctor can offer EPT or expedited partner therapy which means a prescription can be written for them without testing. After completing TREATMENT, it is recommended that you follow up with your health care provider in three months to be re-tested to ensure that the infection has cleared.
The Family Planning clinic offers STI testing and treatment by simply call 607-687-5333 to make an appointment today. All information is kept strictly confidential!