Talk with Your Teen about Preventing sexually transmitted diseases

Talk with your teen about how to prevent STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), even if you don’t think your teen is sexually active.

If talking about sex and STDs with your teen makes you nervous, you aren’t alone. It can be hard to know where to start. But it’s important to make sure your teen knows how to stay safe.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, that you can get during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are pregnant and have syphilis, you can pass it your baby.

  • Are pregnant
  • Are a man who has sex with men
  • Are HIV-positive (have HIV)

ask your doctor if you need to get tested.

Get Tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea