How to prevent STDs: Tips for better sexual health

STDs are quite prevalent in the world and around 20 million people get new STDs in the U.S. each year. Here are some tips to prevent STDs and allow you to have better sexual health!

 

Symptoms: Some common types of STDs are Genital herpes, HIV, Chlamydia, and Syphilis. Common symptoms of STDs include painful urination, painful intercourse, rashes, fevers, or headaches.

Condoms: By using condoms regularly and minimizing skin to skin contact, you can reduce the risk of developing STDs. 

Vaccine: It is important to make sure you get the HPV vaccine as early as possible to ensure that you risk of getting STDs is as low as possible. All children in the US from ages  11-12 and adults until age 26 should already be vaccinated.

Get Tested: The only way to know if you have an STD is by getting tested, so speak with your healthcare provider about taking a test, especially if you have symptoms. While some STDs such as HIV and Genital Herpes are not curable, all STDs are treatable, so it is important to get treated for medication and prevent re-infection as soon as possible. Doctors may prescribe antibiotics to help cure your STDs and prevent infections.

 

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