Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are caused by bacteria or viruses usually transmitted by sexual activity with an infected person. With the exception of viral infections, i.e. Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Hepatitis, and HIV infection (AIDS), most STDs can be cured.
The key to treatment is the word PROMPT, since many STDs, if not immediately treated, can go on to cause serious medical problems.
You may notice the following signs or symptoms:
Most people with an STD have no signs or symptoms. If someone, such as your sex partner or local Health Department tells you that you have been exposed to an STD, it is very important that you get tested and treated immediately!
Clinics can offer testing and NYC Condoms. Find a free & confidential clinic in your borough.
Abstinence is the only sure way to avoid getting an STD.
Having a monogamous relationship. Sex is considered safe if both you and your partner: are not infected, have never shot drugs, and have never had sex with anyone else.
If you're not in a monogamous relationship, be sure to:
For more information on AIDS/HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, call 311.