STD awareness: Talk, test, treat, shop medical supplies online

The CDC recommends people to shop medical supplies online such as condoms as part of its Talk. Test. Treat STD awareness campaign. Sexually transmitted diseases are still taboo even well over a decade into the 21st century. Unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately – the issue is becoming harder to ignore. According to the CDC, 20 million new STD infections occur each year in the United States, accounting for about $16 billion in direct healthcare costs. Additionally, the rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis increased simultaneously for the first time in ten years. People between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, as well as gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with other men are at the highest risk.


Talk. Test. Treat. (healthcare providers)


·         Take a sexual history

-        Studies show that patients want to be talked to about sex.

-        Create an open and honest environment to discuss your patients’ sexual history.

-        Educate patients on safe sex and prevention alternatives.

·         Some STD diagnoses can provoke fear and anxiety in patients

-        Use the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines to address these concerns.


·         All pregnant women should be screened for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, and hepatitis B.

·         At-risk pregnant women should be screened for gonorrhea starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed, will protect the health of mothers and their infants.

·         All sexually-active women younger than 25 years and older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has an STD should be screened annually for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

·         All sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men should be screened at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

·         All adults and adolescents from age 13 to age 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.


·         The 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines are the most current recommendations for treating patients who have, or who are at risk for STDs.

-        Download the free STD Tx Guide app to easily access the guidelines whenever you need them.

·         Important treatment topics that you need to be aware of include:

-        Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) may be an option in cases where a patient’s partner is unwilling or unable to access care.  

-        Learn about EPT on the CDC’s website or contact your state or territorial health department.

·         Drug-resistant gonorrhea is an immediate public health threat requiring urgent and aggressive action.

·         Preserve our last treatment option by only treating your patients with the recommended dual therapy.


Talk. Test. Treat. (individuals)


·         Talk with your partner or partners before engaging in sexual congress

-        About the last time you were tested.

-        Suggest getting tested together.

-        Tell your partner if you have an STD.

-        Agree to only have sex with each other.

-        Shop medical supplies online such as condoms and use them correctly every time you have intercourse.

·         Talk to your doctor

-        About sexual health and STDs.

-        Ask which STD tests you should get and how often.

-        Not all medical checkups include STD testing, so unless you discuss if you’re being tested, don’t assume that you have been. 

-        Ask your doctor about vaccines for Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines.


·         Many STDs are asymptomatic.

·         You should get tested if you’re sexually active.

·         Find out which STD tests the CDC recommends you should get.


·         Discuss treatment alternatives with your doctor if you test positive for an STD.

·         Some STDs cannot be cured but they can be treated, while others are curable with the right medication; in either case,

-        Do not share your medicine with anyone.

-        Refrain from having sexy until you and your partner have completed treatment.


We understand that talking about sex is always difficult – verily, the wisdom of Salt N’ Peppa is needed now more than ever. We have heard how some people buy a bunch of stuff they don’t need in order to camouflage the fact that they are purchasing prophylactics. If that’s your case, you should shop medical supplies online at Discount Medical Supplies, where you can enjoy the utmost privacy and confidentiality.

Related: How to observe STI Awareness Month