What are STDs? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections or STIs, are very common. Millions of new infections occur every year in the United States.
STDs are passed from one person to another through sexual activity including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. They can also be passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact, such as heavy petting, though this is not very common.
STDs don’t always cause symptoms or may only cause mild symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why it is important to get tested if you are having sex. If you are diagnosed with an STD, know that all can be treated with medicine and some can be cured entirely.
STDs are preventable. If you have sex, know how to protect yourself and your sexual partner from STDs.
Find Out More About STDs
How You Can Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Bacterial Vaginosis - CDC Fact Sheet
Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet
Congenital Syphilis - CDC Fact Sheet
Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet
Genital HPV Infection - CDC Fact Sheet
Gonorrhea - CDC Fact Sheet
STDs and HIV - CDC Fact Sheet
Information for Teens and Young Adults: Staying Healthy and Preventing STDs
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) - CDC Fact Sheet
STD Risk and Oral Sex
STDs during Pregnancy - CDC Fact Sheet
Syphilis - CDC Fact Sheet
Syphilis and MSM (Men Who Have Sex With Men) - CDC Fact Sheet
Trichomoniasis - CDC Fact Sheet
What Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Need to Know About Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Treatment and Testing
TCPHE offers testing and treatment for some STDs (call for more information or to make an appointment 719-687-6416)
CDC Treatment and Screening Information
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