STD testing is still important during the epidemic

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The epidemic has disrupted Many parts of our lives included tests for sexually transmitted diseases. Between the closure of the clinic and the lack of supplies, a lot of testing has been done Delayed as test rates Drowned in the last several months. So consider this your reminder that if you are at risk for STDs, you should make sure to look for a test, even if it is more inconvenient than usual.

CDC recommendations for STC testing are here. Recommendations depend on who you are and whether you have sex with multiple partners every year. Many of us need to be tested at least once a year for gonorrhea, chlamydia and. In some cases, HIV and syphilis.

Unfortunately, chlamydia and gonorrhea test kits are still in short supply. Department of Health and Human Services recently Sent a letter to providers Suggesting that people at the highest level of risk, including those who are pregnant and have sex with men, are preferred in the test. He also notes that if someone has confirmed chlamydia or gonorrhea, it may make sense to start their partner on treatment without waiting for the results of the test.

To make things extra fun, there is now a Azithromycin deficiencyOne of the antibiotics, commonly used to treat chlamydia and gonorrhea. Every time you get a Quake on YouTube Ask your followers to take “hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin and zinc” to prevent COVID.Which which Does not work, by the way), They are affecting the availability of essential medicines for people with STIs.

Tests for other STIs are not necessarily affected by scarcity, even Some clinics may not return to full operation, which complicates things. If you have symptoms or if you are in a high-risk group, reach out to your provider or your local sexual health clinic and ask what they can do. Often they will have options for you. For example, some clinics are closed for examination and other routine care, but will still perform screening.

Home tests are also available for mail-in tests for HIV and other STIs, such as those available Let’s get tested. Companies selling these tests often do not accept insurance, but do Accept FSA and HSA cards. If you discontinue this STI test, when things stop for the epidemic, take some time now to check Your choices and make sure you need a test.


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