Preventing and Treating Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Having regular checkups and getting screened for STIs is important. Some STIs have mild symptoms. Some STIs have no symptoms at all.
Your doctor can cure some STIs like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis with antibiotics. Some STIs can be treated, but not cured, like Herpes and HIV. Keep yourself and your partner safe by getting screened regularly.
Your doctor can provide STI testing and treatment. Test results are confidential. Local clinics can also test for and treat STIs. If you need help finding a doctor or a clinic near you, visit mvpheathcare.com/FindADoctor. Sign In before you search so your results are personalized to your location, plan, and member details. Or call MVP Customer Care/Member Services at the number listed on the back of your MVP Member ID card.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks your immune system. This makes it hard for your body to fight infection and disease. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). But having HIV doesn't mean that you have AIDS. AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection, and with treatment, you can avoid it.
Medicines called antiretrovirals are the main treatment for HIV. By fighting the virus, these medicines can help your immune system stay healthy and can prevent AIDS. And they can help you live about as long as someone without HIV.
HIV often causes flu-like symptoms soon after a person gets infected. These early symptoms go away in a few weeks. After that, you may not have signs of illness for many years.
But the virus is still in your body. If you don't get treated, symptoms come back and then remain. Common symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, fever, night sweats, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes, and mouth sores. If HIV progresses to AIDS, your symptoms get worse, and your body is less and less able to fight infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis.
Counseling for People Who Have HIV
Living with a chronic illness like HIV can affect your mental health. Having HIV can be stressful and isolating. Depression is common in people who have HIV. Some medicines for HIV increase the risk of depression. And having a mental health condition or substance use disorder may make it hard to take your medicine every day as directed, which is important for your long-term health.
Counseling can help you feel better. Working with a counselor, you can learn ways to cope with stress and stigma. It may help you improve relationships with loved ones. If you have a mental health condition or substance use disorder, counseling may help you stick with your treatment.
If you are living with HIV, our team of health care professionals can help. Let us match you with one of our free health management programs or connect you with other wellness resources that can help. Call MVP for help and support today at 1-866-942-7966