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03 September 2008

All sexual activity carries STD risk

Sexual activity other than intercourse carries some risk of sexually transmitted disease, and doctors should make sure their patients understand that.

Sexual activity other than intercourse carries some risk of sexually transmitted disease, and doctors should make sure their patients understand that, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG).

Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the panel advises doctors to ask patients - adults and teenagers - about all of their sexual activities, and to counsel them on how to reduce their STD risks.

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Although this "is a sensitive issue to address for both patients and physicians, it's important to discuss sexuality frankly and without judgement so that we can help our patients fully protect themselves against STDs," Guido added.

Teens should be screened for gonorrhoea
It's recommended that all sexually active women age 25 or younger be screened for Chlamydia once a year, while all sexually active teenagers should be screened for gonorrhoea. Other screening tests are done based on individuals' STD risk factors or any symptoms they may have.


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