STI Management

Certain populations have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STI), such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, HPV, and Herpes. Having an LGBTQ+ Competent Provider will ensure you are screened and treated appropriately to keep you as healthy as possible.

STI Screening, Treatment, and Prevention

If you are sexually active, especially with more than one partner, it is important to get tested regularly for STIs, as many can be without symptoms. Treating sexually transmitted infections is vital to keeping you and your partners healthy.

There are preventive medications designed to reduce your risk of acquiring certain STIs. For example, PrEP for HIV prevention, DoxyPEP for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis prevention.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection. It is estimated that 14 million new infections happen each year in the U.S. There are vaccines available to prevent HPV infections, which reduces the risk for some cancers.

HIV Prevention

There are many things you can do to reduce your risk for HIV transmission. Over the past several years, safe and effective medications have been developed which greatly lower the risk of getting HIV. Talking about your risk factors and options with your provider will help determine if you are a good candidate for one of these medications.

  • Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) includes medicines that can lower your risk of getting HIV. It usually involves two medicines that are combined in one daily pill. Another form, given as a shot every eight weeks, is also available. PrEP is not recommended for everyone, but it can help people who are at high risk. Talk to your doctor to see if PrEP is right for you. Learn more about taking medicine to prevent HIV before exposure (PrEP).
  • Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) means taking medicine to prevent HIV after a possible exposure. PEP should only be used in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. Learn more about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

HIV Treatment

HIV treatment has advanced significantly since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began in the 1980s. Now HIV can be effectively treated, often with one pill a day. People who are diagnosed with HIV can go on to live long and healthy lives when they are getting care from the right provider.