Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can go unnoticed or have symptoms that can be mistaken for a minor illness, including HIV. So the only way to know for sure that you have an STI is to get tested.
Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can go unnoticed or have symptoms that can be mistaken for a minor illness. So the only way to know for sure that you have an STI is to get tested. To find out more about a wide range of STIs, symptoms, and treatment, go to the CDC’s STI information page.
It is suggested by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health that individuals who are sexually active get a regular screening for STIs. You can find HIV and STD testing in PA by entering your zip code at gettested.cdc.gov. If you don’t get result on your first try, you may need to broaden your search area beyond the preset ten mile radius. Some testing locations are free.
If you can’t find a local free HIV testing clinic, you can go to one of our other resources, www.getmyHIVtest.com and order a free HIV self-test kit through the mail.
Research shows PrEP prevents HIV infection. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is a once-a-day pill that is prescribed by a doctor. To learn more about PrEP, go to CDC’s PrEP information page.
To find a PrEP provider near you, enter your zip code on the PrEP Locator Website. You can also open/download this PrEP information page from the Pennsylvania Department of Health that also lists PrEP providers specifically in PA.
PrEP won’t, however, protect against other STIs like Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. To learn about a wide range of STIs and who are affected most, go to the CDC STI resource page.
The good news is that STIs ARE preventable. Here’s How You Can Avoid Giving or Getting an STI text page from the CDC. You can also download this pdf file with some helpful tips on how you can protect yourself and your partner. If you prefer something more colorful, click on the image below…