Sexually Transmitted Infections (also known as STD's)

Sexually transmitted infections (or STD's) are infections or viruses spread from person to person by intimate physical contact or through sexual intercourse. Common STI's are:
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which may cause gential warts
  • Genital Herpes
  • Syphillis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Pubic lice
  • Genital herpes
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Symptoms of an STI:
  • Burning sensation in the urethra (the tube connected to the bladder through which urine is eliminated from the body) when urinating
  • Sores, bumps, rashes, or blisters in the genital or anal area
  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina
  • Itching, pain, or discharge in the anal area
  • Redness or swelling in the genital area
  • Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area
  • Pain, soreness, irritation, or other discomfort during intercourse, or bleeding after intercourse
  • Recurring yeast infections

It is very important to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible because some STI's can cause infertility or harm the baby if a woman is pregnant. Learn more about how the prevent STI's.