How We Test for STIs
Even though talking to your doctor about STIs can seem embarrassing, it is nothing to be ashamed of. They are a common condition that many people, especially women, deal with. Testing for STIs is considered a part of many routine health assessments, so your doctor will have access to the tests you’ll need to get diagnosed. At Mile High, we offer a comprehensive STI testing panel. Often, this can include bloodwork, a pelvic exam, and a urine or fluid sample.
Being honest with your provider is an important part of being evaluated for an STI. Without accurate information, you won’t be able to get the care you need. During your appointment, your provider may ask:
- How many people have you had sexual intercourse with in the past year?
- What types of sexual intercourse have you had (anal, oral, or vaginal)?
- Are you using protection during sexual intercourse?
- Have you been told by a partner (male or female) that they have an STI?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with an STI in the past?
How We Treat STIs
Staying up-to-date on your STI testing is an important part of staying healthy if you are sexually active. While some STIs are easily detectable and treatable, others aren’t. If a STD goes untreated for too long, it can cause severe health problems. There are different treatments for each STD.
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Do you still have questions about STI treatment and care?
Yes. You should always notify any past or current partners if you have been diagnosed with an STI so they can get tested.
Not always. Although STIs are highly transmissible, you are not guaranteed to get one by having intercourse with an infected person. You should still get tested, though.
Most insurance plans will cover basic STI testing, or will charge you a small fee. Check with your individual plan for further details.
No method of contraception is 100% effective. However, condoms are one of the best ways you can prevent an STI.
Yes. Just like you can catch a sinus infection multiple times during allergy season, you can catch an STI repeatedly.