STDs

Syphilis

Syphilis is caused by infection with the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Infection with the bacteria progresses in stages, with the final and most dangerous stage sometimes occurring 10-20 years after the initial infection. Although syphilis can cause serious medical problems and may even be fatal if it is allowed to progress to the final stage, it is easily cured with antibiotics if it is diagnosed within the first few years after infection. More >>

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HIV/AIDS

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a viral infection that attacks the natural defenses of the body, the immune cells. Once a person is infected with HIV, they are at risk for developing AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) which is a disease marked by serious deficiency in the body's ability to fight off other infections. More >>

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by infection with the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). This virus is present in blood and some bodily fluids and infects the liver, causing an inflammation called hepatitis. About one in 20 Americans have been infected with the Hepatitis B virus at some time in their lives. Worldwide, Hepatitis B is much more common: about one third of the world population has been infected with the virus. More >>

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Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis, often called “trich,” is caused by a single-celled parasite which typically infects the vagina in women and the urethra in men. Trich does not pose serious health risks but infection with trich can make a person more susceptible to infection with HIV.

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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a very common STD, especially among sexually active teens and young adults. The infection is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacteria that grows easily in the warm, moist environment of the reproductive tract. The bacteria can be found in the urethra in men; the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes in women; and sometimes in the mouth, throat, eyes or anus. More >>

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HPV & Genital Warts

Human papillomavirus or HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. It is estimated that more than half of sexually active men and women will contract HPV during their lifetime. More >>

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Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, more commonly known as the “crabs,” are a parasite (Pthirus pubis) that is microscopic in size, with a rounded head and three pairs of legs on each side and that reside in the pubic hair of both females and males. More >>

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Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is an STD caused by a herpes simplex virus. There are two strains of herpes virus which can infect the genitals: Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-1 is more commonly found in the mouth (oral herpes, also called cold sores or fever blisters). HSV-2 is more commonly found in the genitals. However, both strains of the virus can infect either the mouth or genitals.  More >>

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and is the most common bacterial STD in the United States. Although it can be easily treated with antibiotics, many people do not realize they have it and do not get treatment. More >>

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