Free STD Testing For Camden County
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Why Your Secrets Are Safe with My Health Options:
Debunking the Myth of “Keep Some Tell Some” in the Care and Treatment of STDs
There is a saying in popular culture that goes something like this: “keep some, tell some.” For the most part “keep some, tell some,” helps us to get by. We only show people what we want them to see. Who can blame us for concealing our unattractive qualities from others? Sometimes too much information is too much information. Aren’t there certain things we’re better off keeping to ourselves? After all, what does it really matter if we’re a little less than honest about our flaws and past mistakes? We’re not hurting anyone, right?
While it’s not always appealing to come totally clean about such things as our weight, our age or how much we exercise, as anyone who is a fan of Dr. House will tell you, withholding information from your doctor or health care professional can be hazardous to your health, especially when it concerns the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
According to the American Social Health Association’s statistics, 15 million people get a sexually transmitted disease each year and those numbers are rising. The good news is that most STDs are treatable. If left untreated certain STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause long- term complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
Most women have no symptoms with chlamydia which can allow the infection to go undetected for years. That’s why medical experts advise sexually active men and women to get tested regularly after having unprotected sex. Early treatment is key in avoiding serious reproductive health consequences.
Despite the glut of information about STDs, it’s a sad fact that many people feel embarrassed and often lie to their doctors about their sexual history, thereby putting themselves and their partners at risk.
According to a recent Web MD survey, 50% of the people polled admitted to lying to their doctors. Even so, keeping quiet about sexual history and previous STD infections, especially for women of childbearing age, can prove to be a dangerous practice.
Each Tuesday evening, at My Health Options, our professional medical staff screens men and women under age 25 for gonorrhea and chlamydia, the two STDs that directly affect reproductive health, and for trichomonas.
If you fall within our age demographic, this could be the first time you are seeking help for a suspected STD. You may feel awkward, confused and afraid of being judged. You may be reluctant to confide in anyone; still, you know you have to tell someone in order to be treated.
Your conflicting emotions make it all too easy to “keep some, tell some,” about how many partners you’ve had or if you’ve been infected before. Our medical and counseling staff knows the importance of providing a safe environment for you to open up and discuss your sexual history. My Health Options respects your privacy while communicating the crucial medical information you need to make safe and healthy choices.
You may find yourself in a state of panic. We understand your worst fears about sexual disease and your fears of what others, (including your partners) may think of you. Instead of “information management’” we encourage an honest dialogue about your sexual history in order to affect a positive outcome.
Together with our patients, we build a relationship of trust and good will, opening the lines of communication, to ensure the best chance for successful treatment and prevention of future infection.
From the moment you enter our center, you are warmly greeted by our professional staff. You don’t have to wait in line or endure a humiliating registration process. Our medical intake is specific and detailed, making it easy for you to reveal personal information in a neutral, nonthreatening way. Your appointments are intentionally scheduled to allow for ample time with our doctor and counselor so that all your concerns are addressed with understanding, respect and solid medical attention.
We listen and give you the facts you need to know in order to make healthy lifestyle choices. And we test and treat you -for free.
Sometimes we hear from our patients long after they have been successfully treated. Our doors are always open if you want a re-screen, some advice or additional counseling, or if you just want to stop by or call to say hello.
In the end, we will never know who “kept some or told some,” but the staff at My Health Options will keep trying to communicate the message, with compassion and patience, that when it comes to treating sexual transmitted disease, you’re only as sick as your secrets.
My Health Options is supported by grants and private donations, which permits us to offer free and sharply discounted services to our clients.
These services are performed by a staff of healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care and emotional support in a private and secure manner.
You don’t have to face life’s personal health concerns alone. You have options – My Health Options.
My Health Options is located at:
1500 North Kings Highway, Suite 110
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034
(Corner of Ormond & Kings Highway)