Earlier this week I went to my doctor to have an STD screening and I wanted to take the opportunity to encourage you all to do so too! It is so easy to schedule an appointment, and the testing process takes less than half an hour. It is especially important if you are sexually active, to be screened regularly.
Here are a few helpful links to learn more:
To find a testing facility near you, click here. This site answers any questions you might have about testing or HIV/AIDS in general.
If you don’t have insurance, or can’t afford it, Planned Parenthood offers low and no-cost STD testing based on eligibility that varies from state to state. Find your closest Planned Parenthood facility to learn more.
If you believe you may have been exposed to HIV, there is medication you can take within 3 days of exposure to dramatically reduce your risk of transmission. Learn more about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
There is also Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) which you can take daily to prevent getting HIV if you are at risk of exposure. While you are on PrEP, you should still continue to use condoms as it not 100% effective at preventing HIV transmission.
Remember, always know your partner’s status, always use protection, and never share needles.