STDs, once called venereal diseases, are among the most common diseases in the United States. STDs are diseases that you get by having sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) with someone who already has an STD. Caused by a number of bacteria and viruses, more than 20 STDs affect both women and men. While some STDs can be cured, other STDs are life long (can't be cured). STDs can affect a person's physical health, emotional health, and quality of life. While rare, STDs can cause life-threatening conditions, particularly when they are not treated. Experts believe that having an STD can increase a person's chances for getting infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
... What is pelvic inflammatory disease? Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. PID usually is contracted through sexual contact. PID can damage the uterus, o...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Chlamydia
... What is chlamydia? Chlamydia is a serious infection that is spread by having sex with an infected person. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease, or "STD." Both men and women can...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

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AIDS
... AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is thought to be caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus destroys the body''s immune system, leaving the person unable to ...
Source: HealthWorld

HIV/AIDS
... AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is thought to be caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus destroys the body’s immune system, leaving the person unable to fi...
Source: HealthWorld

   

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Articles

  • Chlamydia
    ... Chlamydia (“kla-MID-ee-uh”) is a curable sexually transmitted infection (STI), which is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. You can get genital chlamydial infection during ora...
  • Gonorrhea
    ... Gonorrhea is a curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. These bacteria can infect the genital tract, mouth, and rectum of both men and women. In wo...
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    ... Aside from AIDS, the most common and serious complication of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among women is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of the upper genital tract. PID can aff...
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    ... STDs, once called venereal diseases, are among the most common diseases in the United States. STDs are diseases that you get by having sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) with someone who already ...
  • Syphilis
    ... WHAT IS SYPHILIS? Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), once responsible for devastating epidemics. It is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. The rate of primary and seconda...
  • Vaginitis Due to Vaginal Infections
    ... Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina characterized by discharge, odor, irritation, and/or itching. The cause of vaginitis may not always be determined adequately solely on the basis of symptoms ...

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