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The Role of Healthcare Providers in STI Testing & Treatment

The Role of Healthcare Providers in STI Testing & Treatment

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a group of infections transmitted through sexual contact, comprising bacterial, viral, and parasitic pathogens. These infections pose significant public health concerns globally, affecting individuals of all ages and genders. STIs can be asymptomatic or cause a range of symptoms, including genital ulcers, discharge, and pelvic pain. Common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV. The prevalence of STIs remains alarmingly high, with millions of new cases reported annually. Lack of awareness, stigma, and inadequate access to healthcare services contribute to the spread of these infections. Early detection, testing, and prompt treatment by healthcare providers play a crucial role in curbing STI transmission and improving overall sexual health.