What is an STD?
STDs are Sexually Transmitted Diseases or infectious diseases that spread from person to person though intimate contact. STDs can affect guys and girls of all ages and backgrounds who are involved in sexual activity.
What activities increase the chance of getting an STD?
Some of the activities that increase a person's chances of getting an STD are:
- Sexual activity at a young age. The younger a person starts having sex, the greater his or her chances of becoming infected with an STD.
- Multiple sex partners. People who have sexual contact - not just intercourse, but any form of intimate activity - with different partners are more at risk than people who stay with the same partner.
- Unprotected sex.
Preventing and Treating STDs
- As with many other diseases, prevention is key. It's much easier to prevent STDs than treat them.
What are the types of STDs?
The types of STDs are:
Chlamydia, Genital Herpes (HSV-2), Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Hepatitus B (HBV), HIV and AIDS, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Pubic Lice (Crabs) Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis.