Do you wanna know the best cure for a sexually transmitted disease? Not getting it in the first place.

When you decide the time is right to have sex, make sure you're prepared to protect yourself by:

Learning more
By reading this web site, you've already taken a great 1st step to educate yourself. Find out more about what you need to do to protect yourself. You can also have a confidential conversation with your health care provider and get tested to be sure you don't have an STD.

Use a latex condom
Also known as "smart sex," using latex condoms correctly every time you have sex greatly reduces the risk of getting an STD or HIV. Learn mor eabout condoms by taking the condom test.

Ladies: Don't Douche
Douching can increase your risk of getting an STD, or if you have an STD, it can increase the chances you'll have serious complications.

If you have unprotected sex, no matter what, talk to your health care provider and get tested.

Thinking you may have caught a sexually transmitted disease is scary and telling others about it can be embarrassing, but not acting quickly can have terrible results.
  • Call your local public health department or community health clinic
  • Call your family doctor
  • Talk to your mom or dad, or another adult you trust
  • Ask the school nurse about getting help
  • Get Tested