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prevention is the best medicine

Prevention is the best medicine. If you are a person who has an increased risk of getting HIV, talk to your doctor about a medicine called PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). This medicine may help prevent you from getting HIV.

While some STDs can be cured with antibiotics or other medicines, others can't be cured, only managed with appropriate treatment. Learn about ways to reduce your risk, symptoms, testing, and treatment options.

Get in-depth information about HIV and other STDs.

Additional resources

CDC NPIN (National Prevention Information Network)Kaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites, or mobile apps.
Information on preventing HIV/AIDS and other STDs.

National HIV and STD Testing ResourcesKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites, or mobile apps.
National database of HIV testing sites and other resources.

*Some states authorize physicians and nurse practitioners to prescribe, dispense, furnish, or deliver treatment to patients with diagnosed chlamydia for their sex partners.
**Condoms may help reduce the risk of spreading genital warts, but they don't protect your whole genital area against skin-to-skin contact. A vaccine called Gardasil protects against most types of HPV. The vaccine is recommended for both boys and girls 11 to 26 years old, with most getting it at age 11-12.

Reviewed by: Michael A. Horberg, MD, November 2015

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