Health educators provide HIV/AIDS education to a group and individuals at schools, correctional facilities, health fairs, seminars and homes throughout the Orlando area. The education presented is delivered through the method of “INTERVENTIONS” that have been proven effective through years of research and studies that shows positive behavioral change and/or health outcomes. These interventions focus on the transmission of HIV/STIs, risk-reduction behaviors, effective communication, and condom use.
The most common STI’s
Sexually Transmitted Infections or STI’s, are commonly diagnosed in the Orlando community – and a lot of people don’t know they have them. If you’re hooking up with multiple partners, or if the person you’re sleeping with has had multiple partners, the chances are high that you’ll likely contract and STI at some point while you’re sexually active. If you’re on PrEP, PrEP only works to protect against HIV – it doesn’t have your back at all for STIs. The most effective way to prevent contracting an STI is to use condoms correctly.
Is it the end of the world?
It can be alarming, but not the end of the world. STI’s are typically much easier to contract that HIV, but in most cases, they’re highly treatable or curable. However, having an untreated STI can increase your chances of contracting HIV or transmitting HIV if you’re HIV positive. If you contract an STI because of barebacking or hooking up with multiple anonymous partners, thinking about how to prevent getting an STI again will also help decrease your chances of contracting or transmitting HIV, since the methods of transmission are often the same.
Here, you’ll find information about the most common STI’s, how you can get them, what symptoms you may see on you or the person you’re hooking up with, how you can get tested for them and what treatments and cures are available. We’ll also dive into how STIs open the door to HIV and how prevention or treatment of one may help prevent the other.