STD Awareness Month

 

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There’s no avoiding the statistics: the number of reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases are at an all-time high, and if you are sexually active, you are at risk of infection.

So what can you do? Arm yourself with the facts(https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm) about STDs and talk with your healthcare provider—that’s always an important place to start.

When it comes to protecting your sexual health(https://www.cdc.gov/sexualhealth/Default.html), the best offense is a good defense. A relationship between patient and healthcare provider emphasizing teamwork and communication is key: when the relationship works better, sexual health works better.

 

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No one wants to feel like they’re just a number. In today’s fast-paced world, it can feel that way when you’re one of many patients a healthcare provider sees. But it doesn’t have to be that way! The power to protect your health is in your own hands. Do your homework – know the risks(https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm), symptoms, and the steps you can take(https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/default.htm) to protect yourself from STDs. Talk to your healthcare provider about what you can do – and how you can work together – to be proactive in safeguarding your sexual health. Your health matters, and it’s up to you to take control:

Healthcare Providers Are Protecting Our Nation’s Health | What You Do Matters.

With STD rates continuing to climb for the third straight year, and many patients to see, it can be hard for healthcare providers to find time for extensive patient interactions. But protecting your patients’ sexual health can be a simple, direct process when you empower them to take charge of their own sexual health. Work closely with your patients to give them the tools they need to stay healthy. The following tips can help:

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