Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are the same thing.
STDs are infections that are spread through sexual contact (genital, oral and anal) or skin-to-skin contact with the infected area.
ANYONE can get an STD.
Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Genital Warts
- Genital Herpes
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Hepatitis B
STDs spread easily because you can't tell whether someone
has an infection.
Most people do not have any symptoms and don't even know that they have an infection. Someone could pass an infection on to their sex partners without even realizing it.
It is easier to PREVENT STDs than to Treat STDs.
Ways to prevent STDs:
- Abstain for ALL sexual activity
Ways to reduce the chances of getting an STD:
- Condom use EVERY time you have sexual contact.
- ONE sexual partner
Start Yearly Gynecological Exam as soon as you become sexually active. Because…
- You will have the opportunity to learn more about STDs
- You will have the opportunity to learn about Birth Control
- You can ask LOTS of questions in a safe, judgment-free environment
- The Doctor can check for STDs