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STD Awareness Month – Weekly Tips

Posted onApril 7, 2017

April is STD Awareness Month. We will be providing you with weekly tips throughout the month of April. Visit this page every Monday for the more tips.

Tip #1

Talk openly to your partner(s) and your doctor about sexual health and STD’s.

  • Talk about when you were last tested and suggest getting tested together
  • Tell you partner if you have an STD (like herpes or HIV)
  • Use latex condoms the right way everytime you have sex
  • Talk to your doctor about your sex life ask what STD test you should be getting
  • Ask your doctor if the vaccines for Hepatitis B and HPV are right for you

Tip #2

Get tested. It’s the only way to know for sure if you have an STD
Many STDs don’t cause any symptoms. If you’re having sex, getting tested is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.

Find out which STD tests CDC recommends that you should get. And remember, pregnancy doesn’t protect against STDs. If you’re having sex, you’re still at risk.

If you’re not comfortable talking about STDs, you can feel at ease knowing Oakhurst Medical Center provides confidential and free or low-cost testing.


Tip #3

If you test positive for an STD, work with your doctor to get the correct treatment.

Some STDs can be cured with the right medicine from your doctor. It’s important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes. To make sure your treatment works:

  • Don’t share your medicine with anyone, and
  • Avoid having sex again until you and your sex partner(s) have each completed treatment.

Other STDs aren’t curable, but they are treatable. Your doctor can talk with you about which medications are right for you.

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