Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

Love and Sex and STIs

PrEP for women? Yes! PrEP for pregnant people? Yes!

STIs increase the risk for HIV- Including chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. When a client is STI + are you testing for HIV?

According to Dr. Dominika Seidman, OB/GYN at UCSF Health: "PrEP should become a regular part of the health conversation, associated with the broad group of folks, not just risk behavior. It's about sexual health and protecting yourself. No assumptions. Non-judgmental conversation".

Please PrEP

Women, particularly BIPOC women, are UNDER prescribed PrEP. In 2018 only 7% of women who may have benefited from PrEP were prescribed!

Lack of knowledge and awareness, HIV stigma, provider bias, cost, access, lack of perceived risk- all impact the conversation.

Many of the materials for PrEP education are geared towards gay and bi men. There may be a low perceived risk for cis women. There may be cultural stigma around sex and HIV.

PrEP for Women Palm Card

Women PrEP and Sexual Health

PrEP for Women videos- English and Spanish

PrEP for Women. Spanish

STD-HIV Screening in Pregnancy and

2021 STI Treatment Guidelines

Screening Recommendations

CDC recommends screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea first AND third trimester if age <25 years or high risk. Risk factors for chlamydia or gonorrhea: prior chlamydia or gonorrhea infection, new or multiple partners; suspicion that a recent partner may have had concurrent partners, sex partner diagnosed with an STD, commercial sex, drug use, African American women up to age 30, and local factors such as community prevalence of infection.

2021 STI Treatment Guidelines

Recommended regimens can be found in CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment Guidelines, 2021. This summary is intended as a source of clinical guidance. The recommended regimens should be used primarily; alternative regimens can be considered in instances of substantial drug allergy or other contraindications.

Complete guidelines can be found online at:

Before You Go:

Click the button below for the Perinatal HepB Program and Standard of Care Practices:

Perinatal Hep B PDF

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