STI Testing and Treatment During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, do not go to regularly scheduled testing for HIV or other STIs.

If you have STI symptoms or were exposed to an STI, call your health care provider or use your clinic’s online portal. Your provider may be able to prescribe oral treatment based on your symptoms or exposure without having you visit the clinic in person. If you do not have a health care provider, you can call the NYC Sexual Health Clinic Hotline.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many clinics and community organizations are open for business and can help you get STI testing and treatment. Always call ahead to confirm they are providing the services you need.

If you received medicine or a prescription from a sex partner who was recently diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis, please review Information for People Exposed to a Sexually Transmitted Infection: Getting Treatment without Seeing a Doctor during the COVID-19 Outbreak (PDF, April 19).

Cervicitis is inflammation (irritation) of the lining of the cervix. The cervix is the tip of the uterus that extends into the vagina. Cervicitis can be a sign of infection. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) of the cervix known to cause cervicitis include chlamydia and gonorrhea.

If left untreated, cervicitis caused by an STI can cause severe pain or infertility (inability to have children). It can increase the risk of having a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. Having cervicitis also makes it more likely to get or spread HIV.


Most people with cervicitis do not have symptoms. If symptoms occur, they can include:

  • Vaginal discharge that is different than usual
  • Spotting (blood) between periods or after sex
  • Pain during or after vaginal sex


Condoms can prevent the spread of STIs known to cause cervicitis. Having multiple partners increases your risk of getting these STIs.


If your health care provider sees blood or pus on the tip of the cervix during a pelvic (internal) exam, they will use a swab to collect a sample of fluid from the cervix for testing.


Your health care provider may give you antibiotics to treat any STIs that are causing the cervicitis.

Sex Partners

If your cervicitis is caused by an STI, your sex partner(s) also need to be treated so they do not develop serious health problems, re-infect you or pass the infection on to others. If you test positive for an STI, tell all of your sex partners from the previous two months about your infection so that they can be examined and treated.

Cervicitis in Pregnancy

All pregnant people should be tested for STIs, including HIV, as early as possible in pregnancy. STIs in pregnancy can cause infections in the eyes and the lungs of the newborn baby.

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