Sexual and Venereal diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases, commonly called STDs, are diseases that are spread by having sex with someone who has an STD. You can get a sexually transmitted disease from sexual activity that involves the mouth, anus, vagina, or penis.
According to the American Social Health Association, 1 out of 4 teens in the United States become infected with an STD each year. By the age of 25, half of all sexually active young adults will get an STD.
STDs are serious illnesses that require treatment. Some STDs, like HIV, can't be cured and are deadly. By learning more, you can find out ways to protect yourself from the following STDs.
Human papilloma virus/Genital warts
STD Causes and Risk Factors
Three things cause sexually transmitted diseases:
If you're sexually active, there's a chance that you can catch an STD. That chance can go up if you:
Have unprotected sex
Use condoms incorrectly
Have sex with multiple partners
Misuse alcohol or recreational drugs
Symptoms of STDs
Sometimes there are no symptoms of STDs. If you have symptoms, they may include one or more of the following:
Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina
Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina
Painful or swollen testicles
Lower abdominal pain
Weight loss, loose stools, night sweats
Aches, pains, fever, and chills
Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
Discharge from the penis or vagina. Vaginal discharge may have an odor.
Bleeding from the vagina other than during a monthly period
Severe itching near the penis or vagina