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 4/1/2015
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