Sexually Transmitted Disease

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that is passed from person to person during sexual activity. STDs can be spread by different types of germs (bacteria, viruses, parasites). An STD can be passed through:

  • Spit (saliva).

  • Semen.

  • Blood.

  • Mucus from the vagina.

  • Pee (urine).

HOME CARE

  • Tell your sex partner(s) that you have an STD. They should be tested and treated.

  • Take your medicine (antibiotics) as told. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Rest.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Drink enough fluids to keep your pee clear or pale yellow.

  • Do not have sex until treatment is finished. You must follow up with your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits, Pap tests, and blood tests as told by your doctor.

  • Only use condoms labeled "latex" and lubricants that wash away with water (water-soluble). Do not use petroleum jelly or oils.

  • Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs.

  • Get shots (vaccines) for HPV and hepatitis.

  • Avoid risky sex behavior that can break the skin.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have new problems, or your problems get worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.