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Protect Yourself

What To Do To Protect Yourself From STD's

  • Not having sex is the best way to protect yourself from STD.
  • Having sex with only one uninfected partner who only has sex with you is also safe.
  • Talking to your partner about past sex partners and about needle drug use.  Don't have sex with someone who you think may have STD.
  • Before you have sex, look closely at your partner for any signs of STD - a rash, a sore, redness or discharge.  If you see anything you are worried about don't have sex!
  • Use a latex condom (rubber) for vaginal, anal or oral sex.  Condoms will help protect you from STD much of the time.  Both men and women should carry condoms.
  • In addition to condoms, use birth control foam, cream or jelly.   These kill many STD germs.
  • Get checked for STD every time you have a health exam.  If you have more than one sex partner, get an STD check any time you think you might be at risk, even if you don't have symptoms.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of STD.  If you notice a symptom that worries you, get checked out!
  • If you have an STD, your partner(s) must get treated when you do.
  • If you have an STD, don't have sex until your treatment is complete.