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April is STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month 2018, and DPHS and CDC are reaching out to healthcare providers and patients alike with this very important message: Treat Me Right.

What does that mean? For providers, this involves many aspects of patient care – from fostering a trusting patient-provider relationship to ensuring that patients are correctly diagnosed and treated – and everything in between. This includes taking a sexual history, testing at all sites of possible exposure (including extra-genital sites), and using CDC STD Treatment Guidelines as a guide to appropriate treatment.

For patients, this means knowing what they can do to stay safe and healthy and how to directly ask their provider for the care that they need and deserve. You are your own best advocate.

At a time when STDs are at a record high Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, it’s never been more important to protect your patients’ sexual health as a provider, or stand up for your own sexual health as a patient. Having a strong patient-provider relationship is always important, and the stronger these relationships are, the weaker STDs will become.

Where can I go to get tested for an STD?

For testing services, people are advised to see their health care professional; visit their local community health center; or, one of DPHS’s partner agencies Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

In an emergency, go to the nearest urgent care center or hospital.

Resources for Providers

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