Information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections (STD/STIs)
A STD/STI is a disease or infection that can be transmitted during sexually intimate acts, including kissing, oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex. These diseases and infections are usually transmitted from the body fluids of the infected partner into the non-infected partner through the mucous membranes. Your mouth, lips, nose, eyes, vagina/penis and rectum are all mucous membranes. Some STD/STIs can be transmitted other ways that sexual acts, but are considered STD/STIs when they are transmitted during sexual activity.
If you believe that you have an STD/STI or you were exposed to one through an infected partner it is important to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible as some STDs when left untreated can cause permanent damage and even death.
Rather than list the many different types of STD/STIs and their signs and symptoms we have provided links here to the United States Center For Disease Control’s website which has very in-depth information. Click on the name of the STD/STI you would like information about. The links include information about how the STD/STI is transmitted, what the symptoms are for males and females, the effects of the STD/STI and the treatment options.
Genital HPV Infection
Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
An important article for women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or have STD/STIs.
Pregnancy and STD/STIs