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  • 10 Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About HIV/AIDS

    HIV/AIDS questions for people who think they may have been exposed to HIV: Should I have an HIV test? How can I protect myself against HIV infection? HIV/AIDS questions for people who test positive for HIV: How can I keep from passing my HIV infection to others? Who can help me deal with my feelings? […]

  • Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

    What Are the Symptoms of STDs? Sometimes, there are no symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease. If symptoms are present, they may include one or more of the following: Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina Skin rash Painful urination Weight loss, loose […]

  • Genital Warts and HPV

    Warts are caused by viruses and can appear anywhere on the body. Those that show up in the genital area are caused by the human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV, and are easily transmitted by sexual contact. HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in North America. Certain forms of the virus can […]

  • Treatments for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

    Don’t try to treat a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, yourself. These diseases are contagious and serious. You must see a doctor. Bacterial STDs can be cured with antibiotics if treatment begins early enough. Viral STDs cannot be cured, but you can manage symptoms with medications. There is a vaccine against hepatitis B, but it […]

  • Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

    If you or your sex partner has unprotected sex with anyone else, you are at risk for a sexually transmitted disease, or STD. Ask your doctor to test you for STDs during your annual physical, even if you have no symptoms. If you test positive, your sexual partners will need treatment. It may be embarrassing, […]

  • Symptoms of Syphilis

    What Are the Symptoms of Syphilis? There are three stages of syphilis. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: In the first (primary) stage, which usually starts about three weeks after exposure, a painless sore called a chancre appears on the genitals, rectum, anus, or mouth. Lymph glands near the chancre […]

  • Treating Syphilis

    How Do I Know If I Have Syphilis? Syphilis is usually diagnosed by a blood test, sometimes in combination with an examination of lesions. Shortly after infection, the body produces infection-fighting antibodies, which can be detected with an inexpensive blood test. These antibodies can stay in the blood for months or years after infection. It […]

  • Chlamydia — The Basics

    What Is Chlamydia? Chlamydia, which strikes over 4 million Americans a year, is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. Scientists believe it’s twice as common as gonorrhea and 30 times as common as syphilis. The good news is that chlamydia is easily cured by antibiotics. The bad news is that […]

  • Treating Chlamydia

    How Do I Know If I Have Chlamydia? If you suspect you have chlamydia, your doctor may want to test cervical or penile discharge or urine using one of several available methods. In most cases of chlamydia, the cure rate is 95%. However, because many women don’t know they have the disease until it has […]

  • Preventing Chlamydia

    How Can I Prevent Chlamydia? To reduce the risk of getting infected with chlamydia, use a condom each time you have sex. Limit the number of sexual partners, or consider practicing abstinence. If you think you are infected, avoid sexual contact and see a doctor. If you test positive, your partner should also get treatment. […]

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