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National STD Awareness Month

National STD Awareness Month

April is National STD Awareness Month, and STDs, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, have been on the rise since 2013. Know the facts about STD testing.

Untreated STDs can lead to serious health problems, and many have no symptoms. All sexually active teens and adults should be tested at least once for HIV.

Teens and Adults and HIV Testing

 

All sexually active women under 25 and those over 25 who meet the right risk factors should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year.

Women and STD Testing

 

All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B early in the pregnancy. At risk women should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Pregnant Women and STD Testing

 

Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares needles should get tested for HIV and other STDs yearly.

Those at the Greatest Risk of STDs

 

Talking openly with your doctor about your sexual activity helps them decide what STD tests are right for you. Here are some tips to start the conversation.

Talking to Your Doctor About STDs

 

The best way to protect your sexual health is by talking to your partner about your histories and getting tested for STDs and HIV. Here are some tips for starting those conversations.

Communicate with Your Partner for STD Protection
Covered Pregnancy Preventive Care

Your Pregnancy Preventive Care

If you’re pregnant or may become pregnant, you also have access to specific pregnancy preventive care as part of your health insurance.

If you’re not pregnant, you can talk to your doctor about this care at your yearly well-woman visit.

If you think you’re pregnant or have a positive home pregnancy test, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to confirm your pregnancy and get started with prenatal care. Your OB-GYN, who will be your primary doctor for your pregnancy, will help you with pregnancy-specific preventive care.

Preventive Care If You May Become Pregnant

  • Anemia screening – On a routine basis
  • Syphilis screening
  • Gonorrhea screening – For all women at higher risk
  • Urinary tract or other infection screening
  • Contraception – FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling as prescribed by a healthcare provider for women who could get pregnant

Pregnancy Preventive Care

  • Child birth
  • Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers and access to breastfeeding supplies – For pregnant and nursing women
  • Folic acid supplements – For women who may become pregnant
  • Expanded tobacco intervention and counseling – For pregnant tobacco users
  • Gestational diabetes screening – For women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • Hepatitis B screening – For pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
  • Rh Incompatibility screening and follow-up testing for those at higher risk – For all pregnant women

Know What’s Covered

Log in to Your Health Alliance or search by your member number to see what preventive care your plan covers.

Or use our general preventive care guidelines and prescription drugs to get an idea of what our plans cover.

If you’re not sure what’s covered and what you’ll need a preauthorization for, you can also check your coverage and preauthorization lists at Your Health Alliance.

Log in to Your Health Alliance to find a covered doctor, or start searching for doctors in our network.