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5 Things You Need To Know About Getting Tested For STIs

April is GYT (Get Yourself Tested) Month. Here is a list of things you should know about getting tested for STIs

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There are affordable options to get tested if you are uninsured

There are affordable options to get tested if you are uninsured

If you don’t have insurance, there are several options for reduced fees or even free testing at some places. Contact your local Planned Parenthood to make an appointment or to speak to someone about your testing and payment options!

www.plannedparenthood.org

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Never assume STI testing is part of your routine care

Never assume STI testing is part of your routine care

STI testing isn’t always a part of your routine preventive care when visiting your primary care physician. Always ask your healthcare provider to include testing in your yearly check-ups. Common tests to ask for are:

  1. HIV
  2. Syphilis
  3. Chlamydia/Gonorrhea

Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have or if you think you might be experiencing symptoms. Your doctor may recommend additional tests.

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STI testing is covered under the Affordable Care Act

STI testing is covered under the Affordable Care Act

All insurance plans purchased through the marketplace and many employer policies consider STI testing as part of your routine preventive care and will cover a yearly screening at no cost you. Check with your and insurance and doctor to find out if you qualify!

Learn more about health insurance and preventive care at: https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-adults/

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STIs may have no symptoms

STIs may have no symptoms

Symptoms of STIs can vary and sometimes you may not have any symptoms at all. The best way to be sure is get tested regularly. How often depends and can be a conversation you can have with your healthcare provider. Including it as part of your routine yearly can help keep your healthy!

Some common symptoms of STIs may include:
-genital discharge
-genital bumps
-itching or burning

Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.

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Condoms are the only way to prevent STIs

Condoms are the only way to prevent STIs

There is no magic pill that can stop the spread of STIs However, practicing safe sex and using a condom every time provides good protection. When used properly, condoms are highly effective in preventing the spread of STIs.