There’s a lot you can do to reduce the chances of HIV/STD transmission. Need a plan that’s right for you? Call us, or come in to talk it out in person. No prevention method is 100% guaranteed to prevent transmission, so if you’re sexually active it’s important to get tested regularly for HIV and other STDs.
ways to reduce the risk of transmission:
your sexual health
what is HIV?
Good sex can be pretty amazing. So don’t let HIV and STDs rain on your parade. Learn how to play safe.
how are other STDs transmitted?
There are lots of other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs – also called STIs, for Sexually Transmitted Infections). Many of them are easier to transmit than HIV, including through oral sex. Some, like herpes or genital warts, can even be passed just from skin-to-skin contact. It’s important to get checked in every part of the body where you’ve have sexual contact, including the mouth, penis, vagina or anus, even if you don’t notice any symptoms.
Most STDs are easily treated if caught early. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek treatment because they don’t know they have an infection. Others avoid going to the doctor because they’re embarrassed or they don’t recognize the symptoms as warning signs of a serious infection. If left untreated, some STDs can cause severe health problems, and can also cause sores or immune reactions that increase your chances of getting another STD or HIV. And if you don’t get treated, you’re very likely to pass it on to someone else. Talk to your doctor or call us us at 617-267-0159 with your questions or concerns.
“This guy I hooked up with told me he just found out he had syphilis and I should get checked.
I’m glad I did — turns out I had it too and I got it treated right away.”
more about STD symptoms:
Most people with a sexually transmitted infection actually won’t have symptoms. So it’s a good idea to get checked every three months, especially if you’ve had new partners or sex without condoms. That way you can get treated before the infection has a chance to cause problems. And if you have any of the following symptoms, come in right away.
STDs can also cause fevers, headaches, fatigue, diarrhea and other more serious symptoms. If you aren’t feeling right, don’t delay getting medical help.
People who are sexually active are at increased risk for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (viruses that can cause serious liver problems if untreated), and for HPV (a virus that causes genital warts and can cause cancer). There are safe and effective vaccines for all of these, so you should strongly consider getting vaccinated. HPV is so common that it makes most sense to get that vaccine before you become sexually active.