WHAT ARE STDs

WHAT ARE STDs

STDs are sexually transmitted diseases. This means they are most often — but not exclusively — spread by sexual intercourse. HIV, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, and gonorrhea, some forms of hepatitis, syphilis, and trichomoniasis are STDs. Includes Diseases: Genital wart; Chlamydia infection… Symptoms: Vaginal discharge

MOST COMMON TYPES

• Human papillomavirus (HPV) An infection that causes warts in various parts of the body, depending on the strain. • Genital herpes A common sexually transmitted infection marked by genital pain and sores. • Chlamydia A common, sexually transmitted infection that may not cause symptoms. • Gonorrhoea A sexually transmitted bacterial infection that, if untreated, may cause infertility. • HIV and AIDS HIV causes AIDS and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infections. • Syphilis A bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact that starts as a painless sore.
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SYMPTOMS OF STDS

STDs don’t always cause symptoms. You can have an STD even if you and your partner feel fine. Symptoms can also come and go over time, but that doesn’t mean the STD is gone. You can pass an STD to a partner even if you don’t have symptoms. That’s why it’s important to get tested if you think you’ve been exposed to an STD.
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When STDs do have symptoms, they may include: • Sores, bumps, or warts on and around your mouth, anus, penis, or vagina • Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina • Severe itching, pain, or irritation on or around the penis, vagina, vulva, or anus • Skin rash • Pain or burning when you pee or having to pee a lot • Painful ejaculation • Weight loss, loose or discolored stools, night sweats • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, chills, swollen glands, and feeling tired • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice) • Discharge from the vagina that’s different from usual (different odor, color, amount, or associated with irritation) • Discharge from the penis • Bleeding from the vagina other than during a monthly period • Painful sex
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