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About Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):
Is there a cure for STDs?
STDs caused by viruses cannot be cured. These diseases include genital warts, genital herpes, hepatitis B and HIV. Treatment may help with symptoms.
How are STDs spread?
People become infected with STDs when they have sexual contact with an infected person. Any type of sexual contact poses some risk, including genital to genital, oral to genital, anal to genital and oral to anal contact.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
Symptoms vary depending on the disease. In general, symptoms of STDs may include:
What about HIV and STDs?
If you have an STD, you are more likely to become infected with HIV if you are exposed. If infected with HIV and another STD, you are more likely to pass HIV to your sexual partner.
Am I at risk of getting an STD?
You may be at risk of getting an STD if:
What are some of the complications of STDs?
STDs in women can lead to a variety of complications. Both chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Women who have had PID may not be able get pregnant or have children. Women infected with a variety of STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis B, and syphilis can pass these infections onto their babies. All of the infections can be given to the baby when the baby passes through the birth canal of an infected mom. Syphilis can also be passed to the baby while the baby is in the womb.
What can I do to protect myself?
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