Exposure to Sexually Transmitted Infections (cont.)
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Check Your Symptoms
Home treatment is never an appropriate treatment for a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Evaluation by a health professional is needed for:
If you think you may have symptoms of an STI:
Symptoms of STIs may not appear for many days, weeks, months, or, with HIV, even years after an exposure. After you have been exposed to an STI, you cannot reduce the risk you now have of getting an infection.
A regular habit of genital self-examination once a month will help you know what is normal for you and when you may have symptoms of an STI.
In addition to your health professional, there are other resources that can help you with information about STI evaluation and treatment. These resources include:
Treatment for pregnant women is monitored by their health professional to avoid complications. STIs in pregnant women may cause problems such as:
It is important for you and an infected partner to complete all medical treatment for an STI to prevent the infection from returning. You may need to be rechecked after treatment is complete.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if symptoms persist or become more severe or frequent.
Home test kits for some STIs are available but it is recommended that you consult your health professional about any STI symptoms.
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