The world is starting to feel 'normal' again and with everything opening up, you may be back on the scene. Whether that's dating or casual hookups, here are some tips to keep in mind around STI screening before you start sleeping with new partners:
- Screening guidelines vary depending on age and STI risk. Risk factors include multiple partners, inconsistent condom use, and history of prior STI.
- If you’re at risk, at least yearly screening is recommended for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomonas, HIV, and hepatitis B. Screening for HSV-2 or herpes is indicated if you have continued known exposure or have developed lesions
- If you are positive for an STI, it’s important to update your partner. Partner treatment helps reduce the risk of reinfection.
Take care down there, and out there this Summer!
Dr. Shweta Desai