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Home | Lifestyle | Health & Fitness | As providers see jump in STIs, El Pasoans encouraged to get a jump on staying healthy in 2020

As providers see jump in STIs, El Pasoans encouraged to get a jump on staying healthy in 2020

In recent months, ealthcare providers at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ El Paso Health Center have seen an on-going increase in patients testing positive for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

That jump in infections underscores the need to practice safer sex, get tested and get any treatments a patient may need. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas encourages El Pasoans to consider taking care of their sexual health as just another way to get healthy in the new year.

“It’s clear that people are thinking about their healthcare at the beginning of the new year and we encourage them to consider all aspects of their health,” said Miranda Aguirre, director of the El Paso Health Center.

“However, you don’t have to wait until January to take action. Get tested now, practice safer sex always and consider calling and make making any appointments now so you have one less thing to worry about in January.”

Each January, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas sees a jump in patients making preventative health care appointments at health centers across the state. Health center staff encourage everyone who needs sexual healthcare to start the new year healthy by calling or going online to book an appointment today.

Aguirre also recommends people use the start of a new year to consider some of the following questions:

  • How is my birth control working?
  • Do I need the HPV vaccine?
  • Should I schedule breast and cervical cancer screenings?

Appointments can be made by calling the El Paso Health Center directly at (915) 626-5191 or by visiting PlannedParenthood.org. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas offers other ways to take care of your health even without visiting a health center.

Patients can also use the Planned Parenthood Direct app on their smartphone to get prescriptions for birth control pills and be diagnosed and receive treatment for urinary tract infections simply and quickly at any time.

Using the app, Texans can get up to one year of auto-refills on their birth control prescription, plus free shipping.

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