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What should I do if I have been diagnosed with an STD/STI?

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You should see your health care provider for treatment as soon as possible after receiving a diagnosis of an STD/STI. You also should notify, either yourself or with the help of the local health department, all recent sex partners and advise them to see their health care providers and be treated. These steps will reduce your risk of becoming re-infected, help avoid spreading the STD/STI to other people, and decrease the risk that your previous sexual partners will develop serious complications from the STD/STI. You and all of your sex partners must avoid sex until treatment is complete and all symptoms have disappeared.

In the case of STDs/STIs caused by viruses with no cure (for example, HIV, genital herpes, or hepatitis), special care and preventive measures can help control the infection, limit symptoms, and help maximize health.


Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012
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