PID Prevention

Prevention

Knowledge is your strongest asset in preventing transmission. If you have been experiencing symptoms of PID or suspect you have been exposed to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, be sure to get tested immediately.

If you’re unsure of how often you should get tested, without experiencing symptoms, talk to your doctor to determine best frequency at which to be tested.

Women should undergo annual Pap smears.

If you test positive for PID, it’s imperative you tell your partner(s). The person you love, or at the very least the person with whom you’ve shared an intimate moment, should be tested and treated to prevent re-infection/complication.

Telling someone is not an easy thing to do, but because it isn’t easy doesn’t excuse you from doing it.

Selected References
American Social Health Association. www.ashastd.org.  Accessed April 28, 2009.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). www.cdc.gov.  Accessed April 28, 2009.
Cline JS. Sexually transmitted diseases: will this problem ever go away? N C Med J. 2006 Sep-Oct;67(5):353-8.
Rupp RE, Stanberry LR, Rosenthal SL. Vaccines for sexually transmitted infections. Pediatr Ann. 2005 Oct;34(10):818-20, 822-4.