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STDs

STDs

STDs are infections that are passed from one person to another during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They’re really common, and lots of people who have them don’t have any symptoms. STDs can be dangerous, but the good news is that getting tested is no big deal, and most STDs are easy to treat.

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Chlamydia

A very common STD caused by a bacterial infection. Often doesn’t have symptoms, but easy to treat once it’s diagnosed.

Genital Warts

Growths on the genital area and around the anus. Caused by certain types of HPV.

Gonorrhea

A common STD caused by a bacterial infection. Often doesn’t have symptoms, but easy to treat once it’s diagnosed.

Hepatitis B

A virus that can cause liver disease, which is spread through sex or sharing personal hygiene items like razors or toothbrushes.

Herpes

A common STD that infects your mouth and/or genitals. Causes blistery sores. There’s no cure, but symptoms are treatable.  

HIV & AIDS

HIV is an infection that breaks down your immune system and can lead to AIDS. There’s no cure, but treatment can help you stay healthy.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

A super common STD. HPV is usually harmless and goes away by itself, but some types can lead to cancer.

Molluscum Contagiosum

An infection that causes small bumps on your skin. It goes away by itself and usually isn’t dangerous.

Pubic Lice

AKA “crabs.” Small parasites that attach to the skin and hair near your genitals. Easy to get rid of with treatment you can get at the drugstore.

Scabies

Scabies are tiny parasites that cause itching. Passed through skin-to-skin contact, usually during sex. Can be cured.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a common bacterial infection. It’s easily cured with medicine, but it can be dangerous if you don’t treat it.

Trichomoniasis (Trich)

“Trich” is a major cause of vaginitis. It’s very common and easily treated.

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Make an Appointment for STD Testing

Getting tested for STDs is important: It’s the first step to feeling better if you’re having symptoms. And many STDs don’t have symptoms, so getting tested regularly will give you peace of mind. Enter your zip code to find a Planned Parenthood health center near you.

Safer Sex Is Better Sex

There’s nothing like enjoying sex without worrying about STDs or pregnancy. Using condoms, talking openly with your partner, and getting tested regularly is how to make it happen. Here’s how to get started.

Get the Facts About STD Testing

When it comes to STDs, there’s no single test you can get to check for all of them. But that doesn’t mean getting tested is hard. Read more about STD testing so you’ll know what to expect.

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