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Do I need to ask for STI testing?

I am Dr. Leandro Mena and I’m here to talk all things STIs.

In an ideal world, you shouldn’t have to ask to get tested for STIs, because this will be part of your routine care. But the reality is that this doesn’t always happen.

And it’s important for you to talk to your healthcare provider and tell them that you want to be tested for STIs.

If each one of us will go to a healthcare provider and ask them, “I want to be tested and treated for STIs.”

Overnight, all STIs will decrease.

So, we have really good tools out there, we just have to access them and make sure that we can benefit from treatments that we have available.

This video is a joint production of KFF’s GREATER THAN and CDC’s LET’S STOP HIV TOGETHER. This information is shared for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at the time of filming.

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