STI rates are on the rise, but this isn’t an unsolvable problem. In fact, a good place to start addressing STIs, while also normalizing discussions of sexual health and reducing STI stigma is for doctors to offer their patients STI testing whenever lab work is drawn.
Most doctors receive only around 8 hours of sex education in medical school, something that about 40%-60% of medical students find inadequate.
What are sex-positive doctors or therapists? They are medical professionals who make it a point to be well-educated about sexual health and aim to provide their patients with accurate, helpful, and non-judgmental information. They consider sex to be a healthy part of life that should be enjoyed, and they’ll be able to discuss it with you without awkwardness or being judgmental about your lifestyle, sexual practices, or preferences.