Sexually Transmitted Disease Center

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are passed from person to person through vaginal, oral or anal sexual contact. STDs can cause minor health problems as well as life-threatening disease, especially in women and infants. Some possible issues can include pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, cervical cancer and HIV infection.

There are over 20 different kinds of STDs that are caused either by bacteria or viruses. Those caused by bacteria often can be treated with prescribed antibiotics, although antibiotic resistance is making this...