Talk the Talk
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Say What?

You may speak the same language as your patients, but do you
really know what they’re saying?

Here are some common hashtags and acronyms young                        female patients might be using. These phrases offer                            insight into their mind-set, which may help when                             counseling them on chlamydia and gonorrhea.



Your young patients may think they’re invincible. It’s important to remind them that because they only live once, they should live smart and get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

They hate missing out on exciting events. Make
sure your patients know that they could be missing
out on a lot more by not getting routinely tested for
chlamydia and gonorrhea. Testing and treatment
now can help protect their fertility later.[1,2]

Help your patients face the facts. The consequences of untreated chlamydia or gonorrhea could follow them for life.[1,2]

They'll say almost anything to their peers, but your patients might be uncomfortable discussing sexual health with you. Make sure they know the real risk—women under 25 have the highest rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections.[1,3]




1. US Preventive Services Task Force. Final recommendation statement: chlamydia and gonorrhea: screening. Accessed February 25, 2015.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STDs in women and infants. Updated December 16, 2014. Accessed February 25, 2015.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2013. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2014.