In recent years sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have become more common in Rhode Island and nationally. In 2016, Rhode Island had its highest number of reported STDs in the past 10 years. Many STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can cause serious health problems. STDs can also increase the chances of getting HIV.
People who are sexually active should get checked for STDs at least once a year, even if they don't have any symptoms. There are many options for getting tested for STDs in Rhode Island, including:
Most STDs can be cured with antibiotics. Other STDs are not curable, but can be treated. To make sure your treatment works, don't share your medicine with anyone, and avoid having sex again until you and your sex partner(s) have each completed treatment. If you are diagnosed with an STD, it's important to tell your partners to get checked so that you don't get re-infected. Planned Parenthood offers some good tips for telling your partners.