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April is STI Awareness Month

Sexual health is very important especially in an era of self expression. Making sure that the practice of safe sex is utilized every time with a new or unstable relationship is crucial. Women and men are both susceptible to getting a sexually transmitted infection. Sexually Transmitteted Infections ( STI ) such as HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes and other sexually transmitted infections can be hidden and without proper testing can create future pain and chronic illness.


Men and women experience signs and symptoms differently. Some may not have any symptoms but could still be spreading a disease. Here are some symptoms to look out for from Health line for both men and women: https://www.healthline.com/health/sexually-transmitted-diseases


Men may experience...

  • pain or discomfort during sex or urination

  • sores, bumps, or rashes on or around the penis, testicles, anus, buttocks, thighs, or mouth

  • unusual discharge or bleeding from the penis

  • painful or swollen testicles

Women may experience...

  • pain or discomfort during sex or urination

  • sores, bumps, or rashes on or around the vagina, anus, buttocks, thighs, or mouth

  • unusual discharge or bleeding from the vagina

  • itchiness in or around the vagina




There are different types of STI's such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, HIV, Trichomoniais to name a few. Some can cause major problems like infertility others can cause death if not treated. Some infections are treated with antibiotics, like zithromax or penicillins. While others maybe treated with antivirals as in the case of HIV, however this is a suppressant therapy not a cure. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hiv-aids/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20373531.


The most important thing is get tested right away if you think you may have a STI or if you have not been practicing safe sex. Anyone can be a carrier of a STI it is not a class or region of people. Testing is done by various forms such as oral swabs, blood testing and urine samples. We are here to help you screen and test for possible exposure and if you should need treatment, we can help you with that also. Visit us online, in the privacy of your home or place of choice. Virtual visits start at $29.99. Make your appointment today! www.hhctelehealth.com




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