STD Information

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

When it comes to your sexual health, having accurate and comprehensive information on STDs, and STIs is essential. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a concern for almost everyone. But as more information becomes available, staying safe is getting easier, through both preventative methods and treatment.

STD Information

Due to the seriousness of some sexually transmitted diseases, it's important that people of all ages and sexual orientations learn what they are and how to deal with them. In this section, you'll find basic STD information, including how they're transmitted from one person to another.

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  • When searching for information on STDs, you may also find them called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. Many organizations have changed to using the term STIs in order to recognize that not all of the illnesses are diseases. You've also probably heard the term "venereal disease" but it is no longer in use, as it did not encompass all sexually transmitted ailments.
  • Some Web sites that deal with sex and sexual topics might have an agenda that goes against what you believe. If in doubt as to who is sponsoring and running the site, find the "About Us" page, where you should be able to learn more.
  • Know that there are many different kinds of STDs and that the information in this guide is meant for general reference. If you'd like information about a specific STD, try searching for the name of it on one of the sites we've recommended below.
  • When looking for information about STDs, be aware that some sites may provide photos of the infections; these photos might be too graphic for certain users.

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STD Prevention

Although some STDs are easily treated, others have no cure. The sites below discuss the concept of safe, or safer, sex, and explain STD prevention, including the best ways to protect yourself from contracting an infection, or from passing an infection on to others.

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  • Most Web sites on STD prevention offer much of the same information, but it's always a good idea to verify any info you find online with other reliable sites, or with your health care professional.

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STD Testing

If you think you have an STD, it's important to get tested as soon as possible so that you can prevent spreading it to your partner and start getting treatment right away. Use the sites below for more information on STD testing.

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  • Many cities/states have free clinics where you can get tested or treated for an STD. If you can't locate a testing center using the sites below, try searching for "STD testing" and the name of your city or state in a general search engine.

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STD Treatment

Most sexually transmitted diseases are bacterial, meaning they are caused by bacteria. Those diseases are treated and usually cured with antibiotics. Other infections are viral (caused by viruses) and viruses can't be treated with antibiotics. Use this section to find Web sites that describe STD treatment options.

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  • When reading information on the Web about treatments or cures for illnesses, be very careful about the quality of the site you are reading. If the site promises miracle cures or asks for money, beware. The name of the organization and the "About Us" link can help you learn more about the quality of the information.
  • The following sites are to be used as a guideline for understanding possible treatments available, but see your physician before you begin any treatment.
  • Researchers are making new discoveries all the time. To stay up to date on progress being made in treating STDs, read the "STD Research" section of this guide.
  • AIDS is sometimes considered an STD but it can also be transmitted through other activities. For information about AIDS, see our findingDulcinea AIDS Web Guide.

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Teaching Children About STDs

Sex can be an uncomfortable topic for many adults to discuss with their children. The Web has many resources to help parents in this situation. In this section, you'll find some sites that are teen- and child-friendly in tone and subject matter, as well as information to help teaching children about STDs.

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  • Don't let embarrassment keep you from speaking to your children about such an important topic. If it's easier to find a Web site and tell your child about it, you can use this as a springboard to open communication.
  • Some Web sites are very graphic in both language and images. Parents may want to review sites before recommending them to their child if they don't want their children to see certain elements or read about certain topics.

Top Sites for Teaching Children About STDs

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STD Support Groups

Sex and sexuality can be hard to talk about, so finding support if you have an STD may seem difficult. Luckily, there are Web sites that are available to people who need to talk about their infection or just spend time chatting with people who understand what they're going through. This section offers a few Web sites that can provide STD support groups and other resources.

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  • Be careful about the information you provide about yourself in online chat rooms or community message boards. Don't give out personal information to strangers.
  • As mentioned earlier, plenty of myths about STDs are in circulation. To protect yourself from misinformation, always check anything you learn online with one of the official sites above, or with your doctor.
  • A blog can be a good way for you to create a sort of public diary about your experience and possibly connect with others. Would you rather read about someone else's experience? Try a blog search for your specific STD, but beware that search terms such as the names of STDs can return results that have explicit sexual content, graphic photos or are otherwise off topic.

Top Sites for STD Support Groups

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STD Research

As with many medical conditions, STD research is constantly being done and there are always new ways to think about prevention and cures. In this section, you will find sites that  provide the latest research findings.

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  • When reading Web sites about the latest research findings, be careful of any claims that seem too good to be true. Check the source of the study or claim to verify the findings.
  • Take advantage of the Internet to spark conversation with your doctor. If you learn of a new drug or are intrigued or confused by the results of a new study, be sure to bring it up.

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