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STD Prevention

Protection = Prevention!
Remember your "condom sense" 

Local Places to Get Tested:

Columbia County Department of Health STD Clinic

The Columbia County Department of Health offers an STD clinic on a walk-in basis every Wednesday evening from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  No appointments are needed.  For more information, please call (518) 828-3358, option #4.  Please see the attached file at the bottom of this page for our wallet resource card with local clinic locations and hours.

190 Fairview Ave
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-4675
Open 9 AM to 5 PM some Tuesdays (call to find out more); no appointments needed

Greene County Family Planning

411 Main Street #3
Catskill, NY 12414
Phone: (518) 719-3580
Day and evening appointments available; possibility of walk-in services 

Protect Your Sexual Health: Get Tested and Learn How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections

Let's Talk About Sexual Health (from the CDC)

Overview of STDs and Who Can Be Affected

Be Smart, Be Well (From the CDC)

Let's Stop HIV Together

Let's Stop HIV

Ways to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Information from the CDC

Abstinence:  The most reliable way to prevent infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).

Vaccination:  Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent hepatitis B and HPV. 
HPV vaccines for males and females can protect against some of the most common types of HPV. It is best to get all three doses (shots) before becoming sexually active. However, HPV vaccines are recommended for all teen girls and women through age 26 and all teen boys and men through age 21, who did not get all three doses of the vaccine when they were younger. 
You should also get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you were not vaccinated when you were younger.

Mutual monogamy:  This means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STDs. But you must both be certain you are not infected with STDs. It is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner.

Reduced number of sex partners:  This can decrease your risk for STDs. It is still important that you and your partner get tested, and that you share your test results with one another.

Condoms:  Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.

Another option is the female condom.

Please see the attached files at the bottom of this page for instructions on using male condoms, female condoms, and dental dams.

Put Yourself to the Test:  Knowing your STD status is a critical step to stopping STD transmission. If you know you are infected you can take steps to protect yourself and your partners.

Be sure to ask your healthcare provider to test you for STDs — asking is the only way to know whether you are receiving the right tests. And don’t forget to tell your partner to ask a healthcare provider about STD testing as well.

Many STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated. If either you or your partner is infected, both of you need to receive treatment at the same time to avoid getting re-infected.

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