Should I Get Tested?

Please click here for STI screening recommendations, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please click here for information on who should get tested and for which STI, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Good to know:

  • For women – STI screening DOES NOT include a pap test.
  • There is no general screening test for HPV, though a practitioner will be able to visually assess for evidence of genital warts.
  • Even if you look and feel perfectly healthy, you may have an STI.
  • STI’s can be passed from person to person through ANY TYPE OF SEXUAL CONTACT (link and anchor this to “SEXUAL CONTACT” on STIs page, even behaviors you might not consider “sex” like intimate touching, dry sex (outercourse) or from hand to eye (if infected fluids are on the hand).
  • It is important that if you do test positive for a bacterial (i.e., Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, etc.) infection that you take/use all of the medication as it is prescribed and
    tell your partner, so that they can get treated, too!
  • If you don’t tell your partner and they don’t get treated, you’ll just keep passing the infection back and forth or to other people!
  • Your sexual health is your responsibility.

 

Prevention:  Abstaining from sexual contact is 100% effective, but if it isn’t for you…

  • Use condoms and/or dental dams (Correctly and consistently…) to help prevent the spread of STI’s.
  • Ask us about PrEP or click here to learn about this HIV prevention method.
  • Ask us about FREE dental dams, condoms and lubricant!
  • Communicate with your sexual partners about STI status and safer sex practices.
  • Be an example and update your social-networking app profile (i.e., Grindr, Scruff, etc.) to specify your “last tested date”.
  • Routine STI/HIV testing.
  • The Gardasil vaccine (vaccination against most common strains of HPV) is available for BOTH MEN AND WOMEN at the most local clinics and hospitals. Get more information on the HPV vaccine during your visit and upon request.