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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (cont.)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Follow-up

Sometimes people with STDs are too embarrassed or frightened to ask for help or information. However, most STDs are easy to treat. The sooner a person seeks treatment and warns sexual partners about the disease, the less likely the disease will do permanent damage, be spread to others, or be passed to a baby.

If diagnosed with an STD, follow these guidelines:

  • Seek treatment to stop the spread of the disease.
  • Notify sexual contacts and urge them to have a checkup.
  • Take all of the prescribed medication, even if symptoms stop before all of the prescribed medication(s) are taken.
  • Sometimes, follow-up tests are important so comply with the instructions given by the health care practitioner.
  • Consult a doctor with specific needs and any questions about reinfection, sexual partner notification, and prevention.
  • Avoid sexual activity while being treated for an STD.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2013

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