Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
What is a STD?
An STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) is an infection that is passed between partners during sex.
STDs are serious. Some STDs infect only your sexual and reproductive organs. Others (HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis) cause general body infections. Sometimes you can have an STD with no signs or symptoms. Or the symptoms may go away. Either way, you still have the STD until you get treated.
How is a STD spread?
STD is spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex, and sometimes by genital touching. Some STDs (HIV and hepatitis B) are also spread by contact with infected blood. STD germs need to live in warm, moist areas. That’s why they infect the mouth, rectum and sexual organs.
What to watch for…
- an unusual discharge or smell from your vagina.
- pain in your pelvic area which is the area between your belly button and sex organs.
- burning or itching around your vagina.
- bleeding from your vagina that is not your regular period.
- pain deep inside your vagina when you have sex.
- a drip or discharge from your penis.
BOTH MEN AND WOMEN:
- sores, bumps or blisters near your sex organs, rectum or mouth.
- need to urinate (pee) often.
- itching around your sex organs
- a swelling or redness in your throat.
- flu-like feeling, with fever, chills and aches.
- swelling in your groin.
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, STOP HAVING SEX AND GO TO A DOCTOR OR STD CLINIC.
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