Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infections that are passed from person to person through sexual contact. They can also be spread through blood transfusions, unsterilized needles, and breastfeeding. STD is actually an umbrella term for a range of infections caused by viruses, bacteria, yeast infections, and parasites. STDs are very common, especially for young people. Around the world, people acquire more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections every day.
There are many types of STDs/STIs (sexually transmitted infections), though some of the most common in the U.S. are human papilloma virus (HPV), chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Some infections have no symptoms, which mean if you haven’t been tested, you might not be aware you have one. Otherwise, symptoms vary, but discharge, odor, itching, and pain are common. STIs that are caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics, while those caused by viruses may not necessarily be treatable, but can be managed with antiviral medications.
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