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Get regular screening tests to protect yourself from the rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Everyone who is sexually active should stay up-to-date on their STI status with the help of regular screening tests. Most sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are asymptomatic, so screening tests are essential for everyone, not just those with symptoms.1
The CDC recommends a minimum testing frequency of 12 months for anyone sexually active.2 However, this recommendation changes depending on STI type, HIV status, and other personal and lifestyle criteria. Specific CDC testing recommendations include, but are not limited to:3
The testing frequency necessary may vary over your lifetime as you enter into different partnership arrangements. Still, staying current with your STI status and understanding how quickly it can change is always important.
Testing positive for an STI may be overwhelming, but try to remember that STIs are common, there is nothing to be ashamed of and getting tested was the best thing to do. And now that you have the results, you can move forward with key post-screening tasks like treatment, informing others and retesting.
First, a healthcare provider can walk you through your treatment options. Many STIs are treatable with prescription antibiotics, while others, like HSV-1 and HSV-2, are managed with antiviral medication.45 Seeking treatment is not just necessary to prevent transmission — untreated STIs can have serious long-term health consequences like increasing your risk of developing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymitis, proctitis and more.6789
In addition to seeking treatment, it is essential to notify any past or current partners potentially affected by this diagnosis so that they may seek testing immediately.10
Even after treatment, it is important to keep screening for STIs as you do not develop immunity and, thus, can contract the same STI in the future.
Stay safe and keep others safe with regular STI/STD screenings as per your lifestyle. Don’t want to visit a clinic? With imaware’s new at-home Complete STI test, you can collect your sample at home, mail it to a designated lab and receive digital results with complimentary telehealth support.