Treat Me Right: Strong provider-patient relationships contribute to good sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention

April is STD Awareness Month! The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reaching out to healthcare providers and patients alike with this very important message: Treat

 

 Me Right.

What does that mean?

For providers, this involves many aspects of patient care – from fostering a trusting patient-provider relationship to ensuring that your patients are correctly diagnosed and treated – and everything in between.

For patients, this means knowing what you can do to stay safe and healthy and how to directly ask your provider for the care that you need and deserve.

At a time when STDs are at a record high, it’s never been more important to protect your patients’ sexual health as a provider, or stand up for your own sexual health as a patient. Having a strong patient-provider relationship is always important, and the stronger these relationships are, the weaker STDs will become.