Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention

How can condoms protect you?

Correctly using male (also called external) condoms and other barriers like female (also called internal) condoms and dental dams, every time, can reduce (though not eliminate) the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and viral hepatitis. They can also provide protection against other diseases that may be transmitted through sex like Zika and Ebola. Using male (external) and female (internal) condoms correctly, every time, can also help prevent pregnancy.

Check out this website for more information on correct condom use, efficacy, and prevention of STDs and pregnancy!

How can you get FREE condoms?

Just go to this website and order! You can get up to 20 condoms shipped directly and discreetly to your home. (You can also get free at-home HIV test kits, and free lubricant)

What about HIV PreP?

If you are worried about exposure to HIV, HIV PreP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) may be an option for you. PreP is a preventative medication that high risk people can take to prevent HIV. It is very safe and effective. This can be given in a once daily pill, or an injection every two months. Talk to your doctor about PreP today!

Learn more about HIV PreP from our infectious disease specialists or check out the CDC website for additional information.

Any other questions?

Talk to your doctor! We are happy to discuss your concerns, questions, or anything else about your sexual health and safety.

Call our Medicine Specialty Clinic at 573-882-8788 or set up a portal account and send us a message.