- Be natural, don’t feel embarrassed—doctors are experienced and trained to administer STI tests, and you’re definitely not the first patient to ask—they’re here to give you the information you need.
- Write down your symptoms and any questions you may have before your appointment, just so you don’t forget them.
- Be honest about your sexual practices and medical history. If you think you’ve been exposed to an STI, let your doctor know what happened. Things happen—it’s a natural part of life.
- If you are diagnosed with an STI, remember that you took right steps, get treatment for both you and your partner, and that there are many people experiencing the same thing as you.
- There were almost 2.3 million reported STI cases in 2017—you’re definitely not alone in your worries or struggles.
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