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Your Guide to Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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How Can I Avoid Spreading an STD?

  • If you have an STD, stop having sex until you see a doctor and are treated.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for treatment.
  • Use condoms whenever you have sex, especially with new partners.
  • Don't resume having sex unless your doctor says it's okay.
  • Return to your doctor to get rechecked.
  • Be sure your sex partner or partners also are treated.

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Reviewed by Marina Katz, MD on July 30, 2012
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