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Can emergency contraception protect me from contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDS)?

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No. Emergency contraception will not protect you from contracting an STD, such as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The best way to avoid getting STDs is to limit sexual contact to one uninfected partner. If that is not an option, use a latex condom correctly every time you have sex.

From: Emergency Contraception WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Plan B."

FDA.

Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Teva Women's Health, Inc. 

Healthy Canadians web site.

UpToDate.com: "Emergency Contraception." "Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

SOURCES: 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Plan B."

FDA.

Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Teva Women's Health, Inc. 

Healthy Canadians web site.

UpToDate.com: "Emergency Contraception." "Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

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