For many, contracting an STI is something one wants to avoid. You shouldn’t be so afraid of contracting an STI that you don’t do what you want to do, but you should be aware and prepared for any possible eventuality. According to new data published by the CDC, one in five Americans has an STI. However, you don’t have to be one of them, especially if you consult with a sexual health doctor on a regular basis.
Generally, it’s recommended that adult women visit their gynecologist for a pap smear every year. On the other hand, men shouldn’t neglect their sexual health, even before they’re at an age when prostate exams are necessary. So, how can your sexual health doctor specifically help you prevent the contraction of STIs?
1. Answering Your Questions To Prevent STIs
One of the simplest ways your doctor can help you prevent STIs is by answering your questions. Your sexual health doctor is really one of your best possible resources regarding your sexual health. If you have questions about whether or not you can contract certain STIs through different sexual activities, don’t be embarrassed. You’re able to ask your doctor anything, and they are bound to maintain your privacy.
2. Offering STI Tests
It’s important to be regularly tested for STIs after you become sexually active. Every six months to every year depending on the test is standard, although you may want to be tested more frequently under different circumstances. Even if you regularly use protection, STIs can still be passed along. If you want to prevent the spread of STIs, testing is incredibly important.
3. Providing Resources To Prevent STIs
While there aren’t a lot of medical treatments that prevent STIs just yet, some conditions can be prevented through interventions. For example, HPV can be prevented in women through a series of injections. The spread of HIV can also be prevented through pills like PrEP. Resources like these should be considered carefully, and your sexual health doctor can advise whether they’re right for you.
There are so many things to consider regarding your sexual health. Remember that the best person to consult with is always going to be your doctor. For more information, contact Quality of Life Medical and Research Center today.
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