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Please share a tip on some do's and don'ts with regard to std's.

112 doctor answers97 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Never: Never presume someone does not have an std just because they say so. Always use protection.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Abstinence: Abstinence is the best protection. It has no risk. Other than that, condoms and others, always.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
If: If you have an std that has no cure, please tell your partner.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Abstinence: Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent std's.
Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
An: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure!
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 49 years experience
If: If you have herpes but your partner doesn't, you can take medicine to prevent transmission.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Know: Know your partner(s). Get them tested before having unprotected sex, be safe.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Get: Get tested. Get your partner(s) tested. Stay protected. Do not just trust openly. Be safe.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Diagnose: Diagnose accurately, use best therapeutic choices, follow-up closely. Recheck. Use protection.
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
KNOW: Know your mate's health status.These are common stds-hepatitis b&c, herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hiv.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Antibiotics: Antibiotics may be a treatment for std's & you may need a repeat test to make sure it worked.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Know: Know your partner. Condom use is essential. Urge testing if they are sexual partners to be! you never know!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Simply: Simply put! don't "screw around." this greatly increases the likelyhood of getting stds!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Get: Get treated. Tell your partner always!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
I: If you or your partner is diagnosed with an std, you both must be treated!
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Don't: Don't brush your teeth immediately before sexual activity (use mouth wash).
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Only: Only barrier contraception protects against stds. Pill, iuds, jellies, etc. Do not!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Have: Have fewer sexual partners to have the greatest risk reduction in stds!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
If: If you have genital herpes & your partner does not, you should be on regular daily medication!
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Treatment: Treatment for std: herpes- antivirals. Gonorrhea or chlamydia- antibiotic. Hiv or hep c- see doc.
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Get: Get tested regularly, see your doctor for any new symptoms, use condoms to protect your partner.
Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 22 years experience
Use: Use of barrier contraceptives can reduce the risk of spread of many stds.
Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 22 years experience
Using: Using barrier contraceptive methods can help prevent acquiring stds.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Pregnant?: Pregnant? Make sure to tell your obstetrician if you or your partner have genital herpes.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Diagnosed: Diagnosed with trichomoniasis? Tell your partner so that he or she can also be treated.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Trichomonas: Trichomonas in men can infect the prostate or the urethra.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Women: Women who have gonorrhea are often asymptomatic & don't know that they are infected.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
If: If you have gonorrhea you could infect your baby during labor.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Women: Women can develop gonorrhea of the mouth, throat, eyes, urinary tract, anus & uterus.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Don't: Don't get them. If you do, get medication now. Use condoms and pick your partner carefully.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Always: Always add barrier contraception methods like 'condoms' to prevent an std.
Dr. Robert Duhaney
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Prevention: Prevention works best. Honesty in relationships goes far. Many stds can be treated with antibiotics.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
If: If left untreated, chlamydia raises the risk of transmitting or becoming infected with hiv.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
If: If you have chlamydia: any sexual partners you have had over the last two months should be treated.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Consistently: Consistently & properly applied male latex condoms decrease risk of chlamydia transmission.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Rectal: Rectal chlamydia can be silent or cause rectal pain, discharge or bleeding.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Chlamydia: Chlamydia testing can be done with a vaginal swab or urine sample.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Considering: Considering anal sex? The male must wear a condom to prevent prostatitis & epididymitis! also stds!
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
While: While on std treatment, avoid sex in order to prevent reinfection by infecting your partner.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Always: Always check for cure after treatment for std's - and check your partners as well!
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Use: Use condoms every time you have sex unless you want a baby. Know whether you both are disease-free.
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Dysuria: Dysuria or pain with urination can be an important symptom. The most common cause is infection.
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Non-invasive: Non-invasive sampling (urine/vaginal) is as effective as cervical or penile swabs.Tests are accurate.
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Reinfection: Reinfection is a likely possibility and partner treatment should be reinforced!
Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
Practice: Practice safe sex to reduce your risk of contracting std. Std can lead to life-long problems...
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
All: All sexual contacts within the previous 60 days should seek investigation & treatment for chlamydia.
Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Signs/symptoms: Signs/symptoms of cervical or male urethral discharge are generally more pronounce with gonnorrhea.
Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Get: Get tested. Don't spread it. Get treated, and get partner(s) treated.
Dr. Wendy Askew
25 years experience
Condoms: Condoms are best! though not 100% effective. Communication, and relationship building before sex !
Dr. Wendy Askew
25 years experience
Do: Do use a condom to prevent stds! they are not 100% effective, but better than anything - except abst.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
If: If you have any question about your health, tell your partner. You would want to know.
Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 13 years experience
STDs:: Stds: don't feel alarmed, ashamed, or alone. Discuss treatment and prevention with your doctor.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Do: Do use condoms, even if oral birth control is used.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Get: Get both parties in the relationship tested for stds and then stay monogamous.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Myth:: It's a myth that: i can't catch an std if I have sex only once with that person.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Many: Many stds can be treated with antibiotics, but not all.
Dr. Marius Frasie
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Prevention: Prevention first so you don't have to live with stds.
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Both: Both partners must be treated simultaneously for an std or it will be passed back & forth.
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Before: Before having protected sex with a new partner, you should inform them of your std status.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
HPV: Hpv is the fastest growing std and cause for oral cancer, especially in young men. Get vaccinated!
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Get: Get treated by a specialist. Adhere to their recommendations, take your medications regularly.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Don't: Don't infect others. Do follow doctor's orders. Be upbeat and optimistic.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Simultanous: Simultanous std s occur frequently. Get checked for all (and treat them), and your partner/s.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
If: If you have an std, you use protection not only to prevent spreading it, but also to avoid a 2nd one.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
You: You don t want to spread your disease, but you don t want to get a second one either. Use protection.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Do: Do treat your partner/s, don t be ashamed, don t hide it from your partner, don t delay treatment.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Be: Be informed. Always protect yourself . Have safe sex. Avoid multiple partners. Get checked for stds.
Dr. Matthew Wosnitzer
Urology 16 years experience
Safe: Safe protected intercourse, seeing physician immediately if any discharge noted.
Dr. James Mirabile
Gynecology 34 years experience
Always: Always use protection to prevent spread to your partner. Be upfront with them and open.
Dr. Mahmoud Shoib
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Don't: Don't assume that most std's are curable, some of them are not.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
If: If you are at risk, get tested frequently. Std's are preventable, treatable, or manageable.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Protection: Protection is your only protection. Condoms will prevent , any but not all std's.Test and treat also.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Ask: Ask your partner about std history. You must be able to communicate to be safe.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Avoid: Avoid multiple partners, sex with strange person, and use condom.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
There: There is no otc treatment for std's. If you think you have been exposed, see you doctor for testing.
Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
If: If you *think* you might have an std, do go get it checked out. Don't think it will go away.
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Oral: Oral contraceptives do not prevent transmission of stds.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Remember: Remember that hpv is an std and take that into consideration when sexually active. There's a vaccine.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
If: If you are treated for an std, always insure that your partner (or partners) get treated.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Ignore: Use safe sex barriers. Tell your partner you have std and get tested.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: Always seek medical advice if you are concerned that you might have one, don't assume it will go awa.
Dr. Todd Sontag
17 years experience
Ignore: The best treatment for an std is to be safe and use protection to prevent one.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: Many but all are cure able . Seek care. Others have comfort care.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Ignore: Always practice safe sex. Last year there were 800, 000 reported cases of gonorrhea, some resistant.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Ignore: Always inform any sexual partner if you have an std and always use condoms.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
If: If you have more than one sexual partner, you should be tested for std's.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Ignore: Only have sex in a monogamous relations ship and use condoms every time you have sex.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Ignore: Most people with herpes do not know it. Everyone should have the herpes blood test and be informed!
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
If: If you have been diagnosed with chlamydia take your medications exactly as prescribed.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
After: After treatment for chlamydia abstain from sex for two weeks to allow the infection to clear.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Inform: Inform all of your sexual partners about a recent chlamydia infection so they can be treated.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Where: Where there is one std there can be others. Ask to be tested for other stds to help keep you safe.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Condoms: Condoms are very effective at preventing std's like chlamydia.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Multiple: Multiple sex partners increases your risk of contracting chlamydia and other stds.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Get: Get retested 2-3 weeks after treatment of chlamydia to confirm that the infection has resolved.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Ignore: It's common for people to have std screening as they begin a new relationship!
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Ignore: The more sexual partners, the higher the risk of contracting std's.
Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ignore: Just because symptoms disappear, doesn't mean you are in the clear. You still need treatment.
Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ignore: Just because symptoms disappear, doesn't mean you are in the clear. You still need treatment.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Ignore: No sexual contact with a partner who has obvious genital blisters or bumps. Remember your condoms!
Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 45 years experience
Ignore: Accept what you have; let go of the past; and live in the future. Embrace your sexual reality.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 46 years experience
Ignore: Use latex condoms every time!
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 46 years experience
Ignore: Get tested regularly --some std's have no symptoms.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 46 years experience
Ignore: Do consider abstinence (oral, vaginal, rectal)--the best way to avoid std's.
Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 45 years experience
Ignore: Learn about stds. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself. Practice smart, safe sex!
Dr. Malina Milan
31 years experience
Ignore: Be honest with your partner. Use condoms to prevent transmission of disease.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
Ignore: If you get an std it is your responsibility to get your partner treated or at least let them know.
Dr. Carrie Champine
Obstetrics & Gynecology 19 years experience
Ignore: Not all STD's give people symptoms. Regularly see your doctor to be tested.
Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Ignore: Every time you have unprotected sex, you risk acquiring an STD. Always get tested if you r worried.
Dr. Carrie Giordano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Ignore: Always you barrier protection and expect your partner to provide evidence of recent std screening.
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: After treatment for an STD, make sure your partner has also finished treatment before having sex.
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Ignore: Always be safe! Use protection if unsure about your partner's history. Condors may not prevent all!
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