How You Can Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases
This page includes information about STD prevention, testing, and resources.
Get the Facts
Arm yourself with basic information about STDs:
How are these diseases spread? How can you protect yourself? What are the treatment options? Learn the answers to these questions by reading the STD Fact Sheets.
You have the facts; now protect yourself and your sexual partners. Effective strategies for reducing STD risk include:
Reduce Number of Sex Partners
Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.
If you have latex allergies, synthetic non-latex condoms can be used. But it is important to note that these condoms have higher breakage rates than latex condoms. Natural membrane condoms are not recommended for STD prevention.
"The Lowdown" Infographic
Put Yourself to the Test
Knowing your STD status is a critical step to stopping STD transmission. If you know you are infected you can take steps to protect yourself and your partners.
Be sure to ask your healthcare provider to test you for STDs — asking is the only way to know whether you are receiving the right tests. And don’t forget to tell your partner to ask a healthcare provider about STD testing as well.
Many STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated. If either you or your partner is infected, both of you need to receive treatment at the same time to avoid getting re-infected.
- Page last reviewed: January 21, 2016
- Page last updated: March 31, 2016
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