Take Charge of Your Sexual Health

What you need to know about preventive services

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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, he or she 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.

Ways you could start the conversation are:

“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.”

If You Are Transgender 

Many of the preventive services in this guide will help you stay healthy. Although finding a provider who can address your unique healthcare needs may be challenging, it is important to get tested regularly for HIV and other STIs, and vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV (if you’re eligible). Use condoms and practice safer sex to protect you and your partners. For more in-depth guidance, see the resources listed at the end of this guide.