Treatinga sexually transmitted disease early limits the problems they can cause. If you have an STD, get treated right away. Ask your partner to be tested, too. Then avoid sex until you've finished treatment and your healthcare provider says it's okay to have sex again.
Treatment depends on the type of STD you have. Common treatments include injections and oral pills or liquids. Creams and gels can be applied to sores caused by certain STDs. Follow the tips below:
Get new treatment for each new STD.
Don't use old medication, even for the same STD. Use medications as directed.
Don't share medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor or clinic.
If you have an STD, it's your duty to tell all your recent partners so they can be tested and treated. This is one important way to prevent the disease from being spread. Telling a partner that you have an STD can be hard. You may be embarrassed, angry, or afraid. It's often unclear who had the STD first. So try not to place blame. Your healthcare provider may offer some advice on how to begin.
Even after you've been treated, you can still be infected again. This is a common problem. It happens when a partner passes the STD back to you. To avoid this, your partner must be tested. He or she may also need treatment. After treatment, go to any scheduled follow-up visits. Then prevent future problems with safer sex. Limit your number of partners and always use a latex condom.
Publication Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Publication Source: Center for Disease Control
Publication Source: Njeru EK et al
Online Source: Center for Disease Control
Online Source: Njeru EK et al
Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00
Date Last Modified: 2005-10-04T00:00:00-06:00
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