Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Explain that federal regulations require notification of all sexual partners so that they can seek treatment. Encourage the patient to refrain from all sexual activity (vaginal, anal, oral) until treatment is complete because of the high risk of reinfection. Explain that abstinence is the surest way to prevent STIs. If the partner's sexual history is unknown, or the partner is suspected of having an STD, suggest the use of condoms. Encourage patients to wash the genitalia with soap and water before and after intercourse and to avoid sharing washcloths or douching equipment.

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