- Certain behaviors increase the risk of STDs
- Consistent and correct use of condoms can
prevent STDs, including HIV
- How to recognize STD symptoms
- If STD is suspected, seek health care promptly
Educating clients about STDs is the first step in STD prevention.
Education is essential to help clients understand that certain
sexual behaviors increase the risk of STD transmission. These
behaviors include beginning sexual intercourse at a young age,
having multiple sexual partners, and intercourse with partners
at high risk of having or getting STDs.
For those clients who choose to engage in high risk behaviors,
the consistent and correct use of condoms can prevent STDs,
including HIV. If an STD is suspected, clients should also be
taught how to recognize STD symptoms and the importance of seeking
health care promptly.