1. How do I get STDs?

 

The most common way to contract STDs, or sexually-transmitted diseases, is through intimate sexual contact. It can either be anally, orally, or vaginally. Sometimes, it can also be passed on through exposure to infected blood, and from pregnant mother to baby.

 

2. I am showing what I think are STD symptoms. Does it mean I have an STD?



Symptoms should not be the only basis for STD diagnosis since many of them are common to other diseases, even those that are not STDs. So, the best way to go about this is to undergo STD testing.


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3. Can STDs be cured?



Many STDs can be cured totally, and some can be managed but cannot really be gotten rid off. For example, STDs caused by bacteria such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia can be cured by antibiotics. While STDs caused by virus such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C can be managed by antiretroviral treatment or vaccines and can be present in the patient's system for his or her entire life.



4. What is the best way to prevent STDs?



Abstinence is the best way to prevent STDs. If you cannot do that, then use condoms when having sex. Routine STD testing is also important to catch STDs in its early stages.