The month of April is STI Awareness Month, giving us at METRO another reason to share the many ways we can support your overall health. Today, there are an estimated 20 million new STI (sexually transmitted infection) cases in the U.S. each year. However, through STI awareness and testing, you can protect yourself and others.
With same-day STI testing at METRO – covered by most insurances, Medicare and Medicaid – you can quickly get a reliable update on your sexual health in as little as 90 minutes (or less).
You don’t have to say no to sex. As the American Sexual Health Association has coined it, “yes means test.” If you say yes to sex, then say yes to a test.
In short, STI screening services at METRO include testing for: Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis A, B, and C.
We can evaluate new STI symptoms, as well. While the hope for screening is always a clean bill of health, we’re also here to provide support and STI treatment after a positive diagnosis. For example, we offer on-site injectable medications to prescriptions and guided treatment.
Overall, our goal is to provide care for all who need it, while reducing the stigma surrounding STI awareness, testing and treatment.
Of course, screening alone isn’t the only step to protecting your sexual health. At METRO, we offer access to PrEP, or pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, in 30 minutes or less. Covered by most insurance plans, PrEP is an extremely effective treatment and can reduce your risk of contracting HIV by 99 percent.
In addition, METRO offers screening and immunization against common viral infections including Hepatitis A and B, TDAP, Pneumococcal and MMR.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides five simple steps to help prevent infection and maintain good health while sexually active.
In conclusion, if you still have questions, you can always talk to your Primary Care provider, who can offer personalized guidance to support your overall health. Just remember, STI awareness and testing are the first steps to a healthy sexual life, and we make it easy at Metro Inclusive Health.