An “STD” is a sexually transmitted disease. STDs are spread by having sex with someone who has an STD. You can get a sexually transmitted disease from sexual activity that involves the mouth, anus or vagina.
STDs are serious illnesses that require treatment. Some STDs, such as AIDS, cannot be cured and are deadly. By learning more about STDs, you can learn ways to protect yourself from these diseases. STDs include:
Sometimes, there are no symptoms. If symptoms are present, they might include:
Talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can examine you and perform tests to determine if you have a sexually transmitted disease. If you think that you have an STD, it’s important to see your healthcare provider.
Many STDs are treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are medicines that are given as a shot or taken by mouth.
If you are given an antibiotic to treat an STD, it’s important that you take all of your medicine, even if the symptoms go away. Also, never take someone else’s medicine to treat your illness. By doing so, you might make it more difficult to treat the infection. Likewise, you should not share your medicine with others.
Here are some basic steps you can take to help protect yourself from STDs:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that a screening test for HIV infection be performed routinely in all individuals age 13 to 64. Additionally, if you visit your doctor for treatment of STDs, the CDC recommends routine screening for HIV during each visit for a new complaint, regardless if you do or do not practice behaviors that put you at risk for HIV infection.
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