Sexual Infections Prevention: American Sexual Health Assn. · #YesMeansTest · NJ Dept. of Health · Sexual Health And Covid · No. Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) · New Jersey STI Clinics · More Resources
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are now called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. Why has there been a shift? The concept of “disease,” suggests a clear medical problem, usually with obvious signs or symptoms — but many STIs have either no signs or symptoms in most people, or have such mild signs or symptoms they can be easily overlooked. Thus, the sexually transmitted virus or bacteria can be described as “creating” and “infection,” which may or may not result in “disease.”
A happy and healthy sex life—with whomever, however you want—starts by saying #YesMeansTest. Testing is easy and can be free, fast and confidential. Break the silence, spread the facts and find a clinic or have a chat with your clinician now. Getting an STI can happen to anyone: In the U.S. alone there are about 20 million new cases each year, about half of which are in young people ages 15-24 years. So why are we still uncomfortable talking about it? Especially when you can do something—like getting tested and treated.
Many people assume STI screening is part of a regular check-up. While some clinicians may test for it, others may not unless you ask. So ask! And be honest about your sex life. Don’t worry, clinicians have heard it all before. Sure, having the test talk can be little #awk but isn’t your sexual health worth it?
The North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) distinguishes itself by its over 30 year history of providing HIV/AIDS care and treatment to individuals in Northern New Jersey. Post COVID-19 quarantine, NJCRI services can be accessed in multiple ways. We will continue telemedicine, video conferencing with physicians and counselors, and will now begin on-site, outdoor services in our medical mobile units, and private canopies stationed behind our building at 393 Central Ave., Newark.
You MUST have an appointment with your physician/counselor for on-site services. Please call us at (973) 558-5039 for an assessment and next steps!