Any of various diseases transmitted by direct sexual contact that include the classic venereal diseases (eg, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chancroid) and other diseases (eg, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, giardiasis, and AIDS). Some of these diseases may also be contracted by ways other than sexual means.
Living With STDs
Condoms are used for birth control and/or protection from sexually transmitted infections. Learn more here.
Condoms today are a far cry from their generic predecessors—you can now choose your favorite texture, color, and even flavor. What's the best?
When is the "right time" to talk to your new lover about STDs and safer sex? A sex therapist offers advice on how to broach this difficult, yet enormously important, subject.
Special Topics (Continued)
Learn about the dangers, symptoms, and treatment of chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, syphilis, genital herpes, and venereal warts.
Gay teens, often concerned about bashing and emotional abuse, are at increased risk for physical and emotional health problems. If medical care is not user-friendly, gay teens may avoid treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Read more here.
True or False?
A common fear among people is that STIs can be passed in public places, such as through contact with toilet seats. Is this true?