You can reduce your risk of becoming
chlamydia or another
sexually transmitted infection (STI) and spreading the
Practice safer sex
Preventing an STI is easier than
treating an infection after it occurs.
- Talk with your partner about STIs before
beginning a sexual relationship. Find out whether he or she is at risk for an
STI. Remember that it is possible to be infected with an STI and not know it.
HIV, for example, may not be found in the blood for up
to 6 months after initial infection.
- Be careful.
- Avoid sexual contact if you have symptoms
of an STI or are being treated for an STI.
- Avoid sexual contact
with anyone who has symptoms of an STI or who may have been exposed to an
- Do not have more than one sex partner at a time. Your risk for
an STI increases if you have more than one sex partner.
For more information, see the topic
Male condom use
Condoms reduce the
risk of becoming infected with an STI. A condom must be put on before any
sexual contact begins. Use condoms with a new partner until you are certain he
or she does not have an STI.
Female condom use
Even if you are using another
birth control method, you may want to use condoms to reduce your risk of
getting an STI.
Female condoms are available for women whose partners
do not have or will not use a male condom.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
December 11, 2012
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