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    Jan 31, 2024
    STDs
    Effective Strategies for Preventing STDs
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    Embracing a stigma-free perspective on sexual health is crucial in fostering a supportive and understanding environment. There is absolutely nothing wrong or embarrassing about contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI); it's a common aspect of human experience. It's essential to recognize that STIs do not define an individual's worth or character. In order to prioritize sexual health and well-being, understanding preventative measures becomes paramount. So let's normalize discussions around safe practices, regular testing, and open communication with partners.

    Understanding STIs

    STIs are infections that are transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. There are several common types of STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Each of these diseases has its own set of symptoms and potential complications, making prevention crucial.

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    3 Site: Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
    Gonorrhea
    Chlamydia
    Free shipping
    HSA/FSA Accepted
    Care plan + Rx
    No insurance required
    $149
    per test
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    5-Panel STD Test
    HIV
    Gonorrhea
    Syphilis
    Chlamydia
    Trichomoniasis
    Free shipping
    HSA/FSA Accepted
    Care plan + Rx
    No insurance required
    $149
    per test
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    9-Panel STD Test
    HIV
    Gonorrhea
    Syphilis
    Chlamydia
    Trichomoniasis
    Hepatitis B
    Hepatitis C
    Herpes II
    Mycoplasma Genitalium
    Free shipping
    HSA/FSA Accepted
    Care plan + Rx
    No insurance required
    $299
    per test
    background imagebackground image
    3 Site: Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
    Gonorrhea
    Chlamydia
    Free shipping
    HSA/FSA Accepted
    Care plan + Rx
    No insurance required
    $149
    per test
    background imagebackground image
    5-Panel STD Test
    HIV
    Gonorrhea
    Syphilis
    Chlamydia
    Trichomoniasis
    Free shipping
    HSA/FSA Accepted
    Care plan + Rx
    No insurance required
    $149
    per test
    background imagebackground image
    9-Panel STD Test
    HIV
    Gonorrhea
    Syphilis
    Chlamydia
    Trichomoniasis
    Hepatitis B
    Hepatitis C
    Herpes II
    Mycoplasma Genitalium
    Free shipping
    HSA/FSA Accepted
    Care plan + Rx
    No insurance required
    $299
    per test

    Recognizing the Symptoms

    While some STIs may not have noticeable symptoms, others can cause discomfort and health issues. Common symptoms of STIs include genital sores or warts, painful urination, abnormal discharge, itching, and pain during sex. It's important to note that symptoms may vary from person to person, and some individuals may not experience any symptoms at all. Regular testing is essential to detect STIs, even in the absence of symptoms.

    Prevention Strategies

    Prevention is key when it comes to reducing the risk of contracting STIs. Here are some effective strategies to consider:

    1. Practice Safe Sex: The consistent and correct use of condoms can significantly lower the risk of STI transmission. It is essential to use condoms during every sexual encounter, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

    2. Get Vaccinated: Vaccines are available for certain types of STIs, such as HPV and hepatitis B. Talk to your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated to protect yourself against these infections.

    3. Communication and Mutual Testing: Open and honest communication with sexual partners is crucial. Encourage partners to undergo STI testing and share your own test results. This helps to ensure that both parties are aware of their STI status and can take necessary precautions.

    4. Avoid High-Risk Behaviors: Engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as sharing needles, can increase the risk of contracting certain STIs, including HIV and hepatitis. Avoid these behaviors to protect yourself and others.

    The Importance of Testing and Early Detection

    Regular STI testing is essential, even if you feel healthy and have no symptoms. Many STIs can go undetected for months or years, leading to serious complications. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, which can prevent the progression of the disease and reduce the risk of transmission to others. Testing is quick, confidential, and easily accessible at TBD Health. With in person care hubs in Las Vegas and Denver, or at home kits sent directily to your door, the options are yours. All our tests come with quick, reliable results with a health care provider available to provide treatment when needed and answer any quetions along the way!

    By sharing information on prevention, we empower ourselves and others to make informed choices, fostering a culture of responsibility and care in matters of sexual health. Remember, knowledge is a powerful tool, and together we can contribute to a world where judgment is replaced with empathy and support.

    Reviewed by Sarah, NP on Jan 23, 2024
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