Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through sexual activity. STIs are common and don’t always cause symptoms. See your doctor if you think you have been exposed to an STI or if you are having symptoms of one.
- Practice abstinence. Not having sex can prevent pregnancy and STIs
- Always use a condom. Using condoms correctly can prevent pregnancy and STIs. Condoms should be used in addition to primary method of birth control (e.g., "the pill").
- Get tested regularly. Many STIs don’t have symptoms. Make sure you and your partner get tested.
- Avoid having sex with multiple partners. Multiple partners raise your risk of STIs.
- Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to an STI.
Women ages 16 to 24 who are sexually active should get a Chlamydia test once a year. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted bacteria that does not cause symptoms in most women. If this bacteria is not treated, it can make it hard to become pregnant in the future. Chlamydia is easy to cure when found early.
A healthy pregnancy starts with you. Talk to your doctor about things you can do to keep you and your baby healthy. This includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Baby + Me Program can help you reach your goals!
Our program connects HPSM members to community resources dedicated to women and their babies. You may also be eligible for two $50 Target gift cards: