This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, October 29, 2009 11:52 AM
Sexually transmitted diseases (known as STD’s) are infections passed from one person to another through sexual contact. They’re called the "silent partner" because most men and women who are infected don’t know they are and may not show signs of infection. It is important to learn about infections before you get pregnant to help prevent or treat diseases that could harm your health or the health of your future baby.
|Ask yourself these questions......|| |
|I have regular physical exams|
|I have always practiced safe sex by insisting on condom use every time|
|My partner has regular physical exams|
|My partner and I have sex only with each other|
|I have had an STD in the past|
|My partner has had an STD in the past|
|My partner has always practiced safe sex in the past|
If you have some negative answers, don’t despair. We’re talking about risk only. Your answers don’t mean there’s a problem for sure. They tell you it’s time to make some changes in your lifestyle or look for some more information. To Be Sure, Be Tested
STD’s don’t have to change relationships; you just need to know what they mean for your health, and how you can keep them from happening. You can be treated.
Any "not sure" checks in the questions above? It could be time to talk to your partner or see your doctor. Your doctor can also talk to you about Hep B vaccination and HIV testing and what it means to you. Confidential testing for the AIDS virus can be done through the Lambton Health Unit.
We gratefully acknowledge Simcoe County Health Unit as the original source for this material.