If I test positive for an STD, what should I do?

Upon receiving a positive result after testing for an STD, the first thing you’ll want to do is visit your doctor to establish a treatment regimen. For bacterial STDs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis you’ll want to begin a doctor-prescribed treatment immediately to ensure you get it out of your system as quickly as possible. If you are in a relationship, you’ll also want to abstain from any further sexual activity as well as talk with your partner about how you plan to deal with the issue together. You’ll also want to talk with any recent sexual partners about your diagnosis.

If you are diagnosed with a viral STD such as HIV, you’ll want to talk to your doctor and find out how to best manage the infection along with its associated symptoms. This will not only help in dealing with the associated symptoms but will also help reduce the risk of infecting others. Remember, with proper care and management of the infection, you can still enjoy a long and sexual life.

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