What To Do To Protect Yourself From STD's
- Not having sex is the best way to protect yourself from STD.
- Having sex with only one uninfected partner who only has sex with you is also safe.
- Talking to your partner about past sex partners and about needle drug use. Don't have sex with someone who you think may have STD.
- Before you have sex, look closely at your partner for any signs of STD - a rash, a sore, redness or discharge. If you see anything you are worried about don't have sex!
- Use a latex condom (rubber) for vaginal, anal or oral sex. Condoms will help protect you from STD much of the time. Both men and women should carry condoms.
- In addition to condoms, use birth control foam, cream or jelly. These kill many STD germs.
- Get checked for STD every time you have a health exam. If you have more than one sex partner, get an STD check any time you think you might be at risk, even if you don't have symptoms.
- Know the signs and symptoms of STD. If you notice a symptom that worries you, get checked out!
- If you have an STD, your partner(s) must get treated when you do.
- If you have an STD, don't have sex until your treatment is complete.
For more information, take this link to the Birth Control Methods web page.