Sexually transmitted diseases - Definition

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Definition


Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are, as their name suggests, diseases that can be transmitted during sexual intercourse. The term STI, sexually transmitted infection, has been preferred over STDs in recent years. It can result from any type of unprotected sex: vaginal, anal, or even oral. STIs are also called venereal diseases. Among the most well-known STIs include AIDS, syphilis, or other genital infections such as chlamydia, urethritis, or genital herpes. Symptoms vary greatly from one disease to another. The best prevention is always using a condom. When an STI is discovered, a test for other sexually transmitted infections is recommended, as well as information and treatment of the partners, and protected sexual relations until the patient is healed.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 03:40 AM by Jeff.
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