Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that can be passed on from one person to another during sexual contact. They are caused by a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and parasites. Some of the most common STDs include pubic lice (crabs) chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts (HPV), gonorrhea, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
STDs can lead to psychological and physical discomfort and severe complications such as infertility, premature births, blindness, and even death.
Many sexually transmitted diseases do not have any symptoms. As a result, many infections are transmitted unknowingly to others and are unreported.
Some of the common symptoms of STDs in males and females include:
- Sores, bumps, or blisters near genitals or mouth
- Burning or pain when urinating
- Slight sore throat
- Fever, chills, achy feeling
- Rectal itching, pain or discharge
- Discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum
If you have symptoms of an STD or suspect you may have been exposed, please contact the: