Infections

STD prevention

About STD prevention

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who has the infection. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs, including

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Genital herpes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • HPV
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can cause serious health problems for the baby.

If you have an STD caused by bacteria or parasites, your health care provider can treat it with antibiotics or other medicines. If you have an STD caused by a virus, there is no cure. Sometimes medicines can keep the disease under control. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading STDs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Top Medications for STD prevention according to our users

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All Medications for STD prevention

  • Antibiotic > Macrolide

    • Azithromycin
      Prescription only

      Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Doxycycline
      Prescription only

      Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Nitroimidazole

    • Flagyl
      (Metronidazole)
      Prescription only

      Flagyl (Metronidazole) is a very good way to treat certain bacterial infections, but you can't have any alcohol while on it since it'll make you throw up. A lot.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release tablet

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