Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases
September 23, 2014 Kim Goldman

Fast Facts on STD’s:

  • One in two sexually active youth will contract an STD by age 25.
  • Half of all new HIV infections occur among adolescents.
  • Almost half of high school students nationwide and about 62% of students in the twelfth-grade have had sexual intercourse.
  • Less than half of high school students reported discussion of sex or STDs during their preventive health visits, and males were less likely to have such discussions.

A few common STD’s:


Chalamydial infection is a bacterium that is transmitted during vaginal or anal sexual contact with someone who is infected.  FOR MORE INFORMATION


Scabies is a skin condition that is caused by a tiny insect that burrows into the skin.  FOR MORE INFORMATION

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a contagious viral infection that affects an estimated 30 million Americans. The infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). FOR MORE INFORMATION

Herpes is an infection and is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). When the infection is on the mouth, it is called oral herpes. When it is on or near the sex organs it is called genital herpes. FOR MORE INFORMATION

Syphilis is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. The bacterium can move throughout the body, damaging many organs over time. FOR MORE INFORMATION

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina and the vulva. It occurs when the normal balance within the vagina is upset, allowing an excess of organisms to produce an excess of waste. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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