The Link Between Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and STIs
If you have pelvic inflammatory disease, talking about it can be hard. But your health is at stake. If a recent sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused your PID, your partner must be tested and treated. If you have had PID for many years, you and your partner may now need to discuss problems such as infertility. In either case, start by telling your partner that you have been diagnosed with a serious health problem.
Who you should talk to
Once you’ve been diagnosed with PID, you should talk to:
Your current partner about getting tested and treated for an STI.
Any partners you’ve been with in the last 60 days, so they can get tested and not spread STIs to others.
Any new partners about your sexual histories and about safer sex. If a potential partner resists using condoms, think about whether you really want to have sex with someone who may endanger your health.
If you’re in a committed relationship
If you now have fertility problems or other complications of PID, it’s likely that you were infected many years ago. You may never even know how the infection started. And although PID is often caused by an STI, it isn’t always. If you and your partner are in a monogamous relationship, being diagnosed with PID does not mean that one of you has been cheating. Keep these things in mind as you talk to your partner.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions. Write out your questions before you go to your appointment. Tell your healthcare provider if you do not understand something. Ask if there are education handouts to explain what you do not understand. Learning of a new health condition and living with the symptoms may increase your stress level. Talk with your mental health provider about issues that concern you. If you do not have a mental health provider, talk to your primary healthcare provider about your concerns and request an appointment to speak to a mental health provider.
Author: StayWell Custom Communications
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