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How Do I Bring Up the Topic?


Talking about your sexual health might make you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. However, if you talk openly and honestly with your provider about your body and concerns, they can give you better care and advice. You have the right to get full and accurate information about sexual health. And remember, it is your provider’s job to help you take care of your whole body.

Here are some ways you could start the conversation:

“I just saw an article about high rates of sexually transmitted infections. What can I do to protect myself?”

“I know I’m here to get a check-up, but can we talk about my sexual health for a few minutes? I have some questions.”

“I’m in a new relationship, and I’m not sure about the best ways to protect myself from infections and getting pregnant.”