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Care Connection

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. - Audre Lorde

Care Connection is a sexual and reproductive health blog by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

How to Get Tested for STIs At Home

Although telehealth wasn’t a new concept prior to COVID-19, many more health services are available virtually to keep patients safe while also meeting their health care needs during the pandemic. At Planned Parenthood, one of those available services is STI testing! Patients can now get tested for STIs at home, and here’s how to do it:

Aug. 11, 2020

Why can’t I be tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections?

A question we often hear from patients is why they aren’t being tested for all STIs when they do get tested. We understand getting tested can be overwhelming and nerve-wracking, especially since you don’t get results right away. However, there are valid reasons why certain STIs aren’t tested “upon request."

May 19, 2020

Syphilis Testing and Treatment: What You Oughta Know

All sexually transmitted infections are important to discuss and treat, and having an STI is incredibly common. However, in Missouri and across the country, syphilis rates are increasing at an alarming rate.

March 15, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about STI Testing

Sexually transmitted infections may seem scary, but getting yourself tested doesn’t have to be. Here are some of the most common questions we get about STI testing.

Aug. 16, 2018

I'm a Man. What's Planned Parenthood Got to Do with Me?

In short, everything. Planned Parenthood provides health care to everyone, including men.

June 19, 2018