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For Teens: Get the Facts About STDs

Q. Would I know it if I had an STD?

Portrait of teen girl.A. Maybe not. Many STDs have signs that are hard to notice. You can catch an STD and not even know it!

Q. Do birth control pills prevent STDs?

A. No. Taking the pill doesn’t protect against STDs. Even if you take the pill, you should still use latex condoms.

Q. Is it safe if I only have oral sex?

A. No. Almost every kind of STD can be spread through oral sex.

Q. Do STDs ever go away on their own?

A. No. Even if your symptoms go away, STDs stay in the body. You need to be treated by a healthcare provider. Don’t try to treat yourself!

Q. Can you catch an STD if you’ve already had it before?

A. Yes. Even if you get treated, you can catch some STDs over and over. This is especially true if your sex partner doesn’t get treated. He or she can pass the disease back to you.

Q. Isn’t HIV/AIDS the only STD I really need to worry about?

A. No. Many STDs besides AIDS can cause serious health problems—including death.

Online Medical Reviewer: Adler, Liora C., MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2017
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