What Is It?
STD Risks and STD Symptoms
STDs are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual activity. That means vaginal, anal or oral sex, or even just skin-to-skin contact. Having sex without condoms, having many partners or having sex with someone who’s had many partners increases your chance of catching a STD. STD symptoms may include pain in the genital area during urination or sex; discharge from the penis or vagina; scabs or blisters around the genitals; rash, which sometimes appears on the palms and soles; flu-like symptoms; and/or joint pain. But some STDs have no symptoms, and you could infect others without ever knowing you have a STD.
Some STDs, like chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea, are bacterial infections. These STDs are treatable and curable. Other STDs, like herpes, HPV, HIV and Hepatitis B are viral infections. These can’t be cured, but they can be managed. Learning to recognize STD symptoms, undergoing regular STD testing and seeking treatment can help you manage a STD and get on with your life.
NEXT Why Does It Matter?
Online brochures with detailed information on STDs @ cdc.gov
What to watch for and what to watch out for @ mayoclinic.com
Online resource for anyone concerned about or living with herpes @ ashastd.org