Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are very common. Millions of new infections occur every year in the United States.
STDs pass from one person to another through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. They also can spread through other intimate contact, though this is not very common.
STDs don’t always cause symptoms or may only cause mild symptoms. Therefore, it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why getting an STD test is important if you are having sex. If you receive a positive STD diagnosis, know that all are treatable with medicine and some are curable entirely.
STDs are preventable. If you have sex, know how to protect yourself and your sex partner(s) from STDs.
BV is a common, treatable, vaginal condition that can increase your chance of getting an STD.
Chlamydia is a common, but treatable, STD. If left untreated, chlamydia can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant.
Gonorrhea is a common STD that can be treated with the right medication. If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause very serious health problems.
Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplants.
Genital herpes is a common STD, but most people with the infection do not know they have it. While there is no cure, there are medicines available that can prevent or shorten outbreaks. These medicines also can make it less likely to pass the infection on.
People who have STDs are more likely to get HIV when compared to people who do not have STDs.
HPV is the most common STI in the United States, but most people with the infection have no symptoms. HPV can cause some health effects that are preventable with vaccines.
PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause PID and infertility, but both are preventable.
For a healthier baby, ask your doctor about STD testing.
Syphilis can have very serious problems when left untreated. It is simple to cure with the right treatment.
Most people who have trichomoniasis do not have any symptoms.
Chancroid, scabies, and more.
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