Preventing and Treating STIs
• As with many other diseases, prevention is key. It's much easier to prevent STIs than to tr...
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Preventing and treating STI's

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Published on: Mar 4, 2016

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  • 1. Preventing and Treating STIs • As with many other diseases, prevention is key. It's much easier to prevent STIs than to treat them. The only way to completely prevent STIs is to abstain from all types of sexual contact. If someone is going to have sex, the best way to reduce the chance of getting an STI is by using a condom. • People who are considering having sex should get regular gynecological or male genital examinations. There are two reasons for this. First, these exams give doctors a chance to teach people about STIs so that they ca protect themselves. Second, regular exams give doctors more opportunities to check for STIs while they're still in their earliest, most treatable stage. • In order for these exams and visits to the doctor to be helpful, people should tell their doctors if they are thinking about having sex or if they have already started having sex. This is true for all types of sex — oral, vaginal, and anal. • Don't let embarrassment at the thought of having an STI keep you from seeking medical attention. Waiting to see a doctor may allow a disease to progress and cause more damage. If you think you may have an STI, or if you have had a partner who may have an STI, you should see a doctor right away. • If you don't have a doctor or prefer not to see your family doctor, you may be able to find a local clinic in your area where you can get a confidential exam. Some national and local organizations operate STI hotlines staffed by trained specialists who can answer your questions and provide referrals. Calls to these hotlines are confidential. One hotline you can call for information is the British Columbia Health Information Line at 811. • Not all infections in the genitals are caused by STIs. Sometimes people can get symptoms that seem very like those of STIs, even though they've never had sex. For girls, a yeast infection can easily be confused with an STI. Guys may worry about bumps on the penis that turn out to be pimples or irritated hair follicles. That's why it's important to see a doctor if you ever have questions about your sexual health. Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD Date reviewed: March 2007

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