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Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening

The doctors on Heal can diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sexual health is an important part of overall physical and mental health. If you’re sexually active, it’s important to be proactive about your sexual health to prevent contracting or spreading STIs, sometime referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain populations are at greater risk for contracting STIs including:

  • Women
  • Adolescents and young adults aged 15 – 24
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Individuals with substance abuse/dependence issues
  • Individuals who engage in high-risk sexual activity or have high-risk sexual networks
  • Individuals with poor social support
  • Disadvantaged and/or marginalized groups

There are a number of preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of contracting STIs including:

  • Condoms
  • PrEP
  • Vaccinations (HPV and Hepatitis B)
  • Reducing your number of sexual partners
  • Abstinence

If left untreated, many sexually transmitted infections can result in serious health conditions and complications, including but not limited to:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Premature labor and birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Infertility
  • Increase likelihood of contracting other STIs including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea

Although sexual health can be a sensitive, sometimes embarrassing subject to discuss with a health care provider, it’s important to find a caring, non-judgmental doctor who you can trust to diagnose, treat, and prevent future STIs.

The doctors on Heal are compassionate and empathetic and adhere to all applicable privacy laws. Because you will be evaluated in the comfort of your home, you can be assured your privacy will be protected.

A doctor can perform urine and blood tests for the following sexually transmitted infections:

  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HSV-1 (Herpes)
  • HSV-2 (Herpes)

In addition to testing, doctors will take a detailed medical history and perform a full physical in the comfort and safety of your home. Antibiotics may be required to treat STIs. If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, make sure to complete the entire course to ensure your infection is completely resolved. The doctor will also provide a comprehensive treatment plan, taking into consideration your personal medical history and risk factors, to help you prevent further infection. All sexual partners should be referred to Heal to determine need for testing and treatment.

If you’re sexually active, take a proactive approach to maintaining your health and book a doctor house call through Heal today.

Note: Heal is HIPAA compliant and abides by applicable information privacy and security laws. Certain STIs and other diseases are reportable diseases under public health mandates. If required, doctors and medical staff will report such diseases and STIs to designated federal, local or state agencies. For more information on reportable diseases, visit the CDC’s website or contact your local or state department of public health.