Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases, also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread by sexual contact. STIs can cause severe damage to your body—even death. Except for colds and flu, STIs are the most common contagious (easily spread) infections in the United States, with millions of new cases each year. Although some STIs can be treated and cured, others cannot.
A person with an STI can pass it to others by contact with skin, genitals, mouth, rectum, or body fluids. Anyone who has sexual contact—vaginal, anal, or oral sex—with another person may get an STI. STIs may not cause symptoms. Even if there are no symptoms, your health can be affected.
STIs are caused by bacterial or viral infections. STIs caused by bacteria are treated with antibiotics. Those caused by viruses cannot be cured, but symptoms can be treated.
Common STIs include:
- Gonorrhea Genital herpes
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
- Hepatitis B
This information was provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology, for more information on STIs click HERE.
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