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Sexually Transmitted Diseases- STD

  • GET TESTED for STDs. STDs are very common. You cannot always tell if you or someone else has an STD. If you have ever had sex, even if you do not have any symptoms, you should get tested. More Information
  • TREATMENT. STDs can hurt your body if they are not treated. Many STDs can be treated, but it's common to get it again (and again) if your partner is not treated.
  • PREVENTION. The only way you can prevent STDs is to not have sex. Preventing STDs is easier than treating STDs. You can protect yourself by using condoms every time you have sex. Do you know what an STDs look or feel like? See below for the different types of STD.

 

STI/STD What does it look and feel like? What is the treatment? How do you get it? Links
Chlamydia Most people have do not know that they have it. If they do have symptoms, it may hurt when you urinate . They may also have green or yellow discharge from the woman's vagina or man's penis. Sex could hurt. Antibiotics cure chlamydia. Both you and your partner need to be treated. If you do not take all of your pills, it may come back. It can be passed from:

• sex, including oral sex, or anal sex with someone who already has it.

• mother to child during childbirth.
Link
Gonorrhea Most people have do not know that they have it. If they do have symptoms,it may hurt when you urinate . They may also have green or yellow discharge from the woman's vagina or man's penis. Women may have strange bleeding from their vagina. Men may have swollen testicles. Antibiotics usually gets rid of gonorrhea. Both you and your partner need to be treated. If you do not get treatment, you are at risk for serious health problems. It can be passed from:

• sex, including oral sex, or anal sex with someone who already has it.

• mother to child during childbirth.
Link
HPV/
Genital Warts
There are more than 100 types of HPV. It's possible to have more than one. You may not know that you have it. Or you may have itching and small warts. Some types cause large cauliflower-like lumps around the vagina or penis. All types can lead to cervical cancer. There is no cure for HPV. Some of the problems caused by HPV can be treated. Warts can by frozen off or removed through medicine. However, the warts may come back after treatment.

The HPV vaccine protects males and females from getting HPV in the first place. It is the best way to protect yourself. The vaccine is three shots, and you should get all three.
It can be passed from:

• sex, including oral sex, or anal sex with someone who already has it.

• skin-to-skin sexual contact

• mother to child during childbirth in rare cases.
Link
Genital
Herpes
Itching and blisters are common symptoms. Blisters can be around the vagina, penis, butt, and inner thighs. Scabs form and sores heal, but breakout may reoccur every few months. There is no cure. Medicine can help the blisters heal and prevent more breakouts. It can be passed from:

• sex, including oral sex, or anal sex with someone who already has it.

• skin-to-skin sexual contact

• mother to child during childbirth
Link
Syphilis Many people don't have symptoms at first. Some people may notice a painless sore on their vagina, penis, anus, tongue or lips. The sore goes away without treatment, but the syphilis is still there. Later a rash of small sores can form. Fever, aches and pains may show up several weeks later. There is a cure if it is caught early. Both people must be treated. Do not have sex until the sores are completely healed. It can be passed from:

• sex, including oral sex, or anal sex with someone who already has it.

• kissing if there is an open sore on or in the mouth

• mother to child during childbirth
Link
HIV
(the virus that
causes
AIDS)
Many people who have HIV do not know it. They feel healthy.

People with symptoms usually get fevers, headaches, and swollen glands.
There is no cure for HIV. HIV leads to AIDS. AIDS can be fatal. There is medicine that can keep HIV from developing into AIDS. It can be passed from:

• sex, including oral sex, or anal sex with someone who already has it.

• sharing needles

• mother to child during childbirth or breast-feeding
Link

STOP having sex until you are sure you (and your partner) do not have an STD. Don't be scared to get tested—treatments are available!


To find help:  http://hivtest.cdc.gov/STDTesting.aspx

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