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Doctors are Overprescribing Antibiotics for Possible STDs. Here’s Why It’s a Problem.

There are a number of factors that prevent doctors from correctly diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases.

First, there’s the fact that many people may have STDs without presenting symptoms, meaning STD tests aren’t ordered and performed.

Second, there are individuals who may suspect an STD, but might be too embarrassed to ask their primary healthcare provider about their symptoms.

Third, there are cases when other infections, like urinary tract infections, can be mistaken for an STD — and when treatment is provided, it actually affects a patient’s ability to fight off any future STDs.

Today we’re taking a closer look at the third phenomenon.

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What to Do When You Find Out You Have an STD

So, your suspicions were correct. You’ve been tested for an STD and received positive results.

As humiliating as it might seem to hear such news, it carries a certain level of responsibility that you now must take on.

There are some things you need to do to protect yourself and others against additional STDs in the future. Here’s what you need to do when you find out you have an STD.

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