STI screenings not just for those with symptoms

Sexual health is just as important as physical, mental and spiritual health. It is a little known fact that 75 percent of people, both men and women, with a sexually transmitted infection do not show signs or symptoms.
The good news is that safe sex can help prevent STIs, HIV and unplanned pregnancies. The Wiesbaden Pharmacy and the Wiesbaden Army Public Health Office have male and female condoms available for free. The Army Public Health Office is located in the basement of the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic.

Sexually active people should get an STI screening annually or before engaging in sexual activity with a new partner. It is fast, easy, convenient and only consists of a blood draw and urine test. The screening will check for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV.

For those who are not experiencing symptoms, STI screening can be completed on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Army Public Health Office or call DSN 590-1311 or 06371-9464-1311 with questions.

Those experiencing symptoms should make an appointment with their primary care team who will provide any needed treatment and order a blood draw and urine test from the laboratory. Testing for STIs other than chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV will require an exam and an appointment.

Remember, sexual health is a vital part of your well-being. Come in and get screened today.