STD Info

What is an STD?

An STD is a sexually transmitted disease. An STD can also be referred to as an STI, or sexually transmitted infection. STDs and STIs are transmitted sexually, meaning that they are contracted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. There are a wide variety of STDs and STIs, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, which is why regular STD testing is critical if you are sexually active.

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Early Detection

Some STIs have symptoms. Others do not. The only way to be certain that you are protecting your sexual health is to get tested regularly. Sometimes, STIs can advance to a dangerous place without ever showing symptoms. Other STIs can have very minor symptoms that evolve if left untreated. Early detection is the best way to make sure you are healthy and happy.

When Symptoms Show

There are lots of different symptoms for STIs that can mean a lot of different things. Some STIs share symptoms, while others have really unique indicators that you’ve contracted something. Just because you are showing symptoms of an STI doesn’t mean that it is too late for recovery.

Trichomaniasis

Trichomaniasis

Trichomoniasis is a common STD caused by a parasite and can be spread through several different kinds of sexual activity. Trichomoniasis can be asymptomatic, particularly in men, so it is very easy to spread unknowingly. Early detection is important when dealing with trichomoniasis to...

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver that can be sexually transmitted. It causes swelling and inflammation that negatively impact the liver’s ability to perform correctly. If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to severe consequences, including death.

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver that can be sexually transmitted. It causes swelling and inflammation that causes the liver to perform improperly. If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to severe consequences, including death.

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Syphilis

Syphilis

Syphilis is an infection that is bacterial in nature. There are three very distinct stages to syphilis, and each stage has different symptoms. Many of the symptoms are the same as other STDs, so it is important to get tested in order to distinguish...

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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is an STD that is often asymptomatic, so regular testing is important for detection. The long term health consequences are extremely unpleasant if left untreated. Gonorrhea can lead to infertility/sterility, chronic pelvic pain, and even death. Treatment is simple, so getting tested is...

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is often an asymptomatic STD, meaning it does not usually show any symptoms. This makes it extremely hard to detect without proper testing. Unfortunately, just because it does not show symptoms, that does not mean it will not cause major health problems if...

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Herpes

Herpes

There are two different strains of the herpes virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Either strain can present as genital or oral herpes, depending on the points of contact/transmission. Herpes typically presents with symptoms, often called flare ups. While it is incurable, it can be managed...

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HIV

HIV

HIV 1/2, otherwise known as the human immunodeficiency virus, is a disease that spreads throughout the immune system. HIV 1/2 is the predecessor to AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS greatly increases the risk of the carrier getting infections, because it weakens the...

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