Sexually transmitted infections or STIs, also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, are common in men and women. April is STD/STI Awareness Month, so there is no time like the present to talk with your sexual partner(s) and get tested.
Did You Know?
- There are approximately 20 million new STI cases each year in the US.
- In the U.S., half of all new STIs are in people 15–24 years old.
- All STIs are preventable and treatable, and most are curable.
- Many STIs don’t cause any symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to get tested.
It’s important to screen and test for STIs early, so you can prevent serious illness and infertility. BioReference and GenPath Women’s Health are pleased to offer many options when it comes to screening for even the most common STI’s. Talk to your healthcare provider about the different, easy ways to collect such as urine, blood, or a tiny, pain-free swab.
If you are sexually active, getting tested for STIs is one of the most important things you can do. The sooner you get tested, the sooner you can take action to protect your health and the health of your partner(s). In addition to getting tested, it’s important to practice safe sex: Use latex condoms every time you have sex. Avoid alcohol or drug abuse. Consider that abstinence from sex is the only sure way to prevent STI’s.
Remember that “Yes Means Test” so if you’re unsure of you or your partner’s sexual health status, you should get tested before taking the risk. Speak with your physician to confirm if testing is right for you. Click here for more information about Sexual Health testing services.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)