You can take measures to reduce your risk
of becoming infected with
gonorrhea or another
sexually transmitted disease (STD). You can also
reduce the risk of transmitting gonorrhea to your sex partner(s).
Practice safe sex
Preventing a sexually
transmitted disease (STD) is easier than treating an infection after it
- Talk with your partner about STDs before
beginning a sexual relationship. Find out whether he or she is at risk for an
STD. Remember that it is quite possible to be infected with an STD without
knowing it. Some STDs, such as
HIV, can take up to 6 months before they can be
detected in the blood.
- Be responsible.
- Avoid sexual contact if you have symptoms
of an STD or are being treated for an STD.
- Avoid sexual contact
with anyone who has symptoms of an STD or who may have been exposed to an
- Don't have more than one sexual relationship at a time. Your
risk for an STD increases if you have several sex partners at the same
If you or your partner have had several sex partners
within the past year, or you are a man who has unprotected sex with men, talk
to your doctor about screening for gonorrhea and other STDs even if you don't
Condom use reduces the risk of becoming
infected with an STD, especially gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. Condoms must be
in place before beginning any sexual contact. Use condoms with a new partner
every time you have sex, until you know from test results that he or she does
not have an STD. You can use either
male or female condoms.
Even if you are
using another birth control method to prevent pregnancy, you can use condoms to
reduce your risk of getting an STD. Female condoms are available for women
whose male partners do not have or will not use a male condom. See tips on
female condom use.
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