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If you are diagnosed with an STD it is very important to inform your sex partner(s) so they can be checked and treated as well. This is the single most important way to avoid further spread of STDs. It is not always easy to tell your partner about having an STD, but staff at the clinic can help you. There are many ways to inform your partner: in-person, by telephone, or even by e-mail.

Your partner(s) should contact their doctor or come to our clinic to be tested and treated. If your partner can’t or is unwilling to come to the clinic and you have gonorrhea or chlamydia, you may be given treatment for your partner in addition to your own. Please ask your clinician about this service.

If you have an STD, you should not have sex with your partner until both you and your partner have been treated. When you can start having sex again depends on the STD you have been diagnosed with. For STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia it is generally safe to start having sex again one week after the start of treatment. Please ask your clinician to be sure. If you do have sex before this time, be sure to use condoms. If you are not in relationship where you and your partner only have sex with each other, you should use condoms all the time. You can have sex without condoms if you and your partner don’t have sex outside your relationship and if both you and your partner have tested negative for STDs or have both been treated.



If you have your partner’s e-mail address and you are hesitant to talk directly, you may consider an online service called InSpot (www.inspot.org) that allows you to send an ecard to your partner(s) to let them know they may have been exposed to an STD.

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