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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Early treatment can cure it and prevent long-term problems.
Trichomoniasis (or "trich") is a sexually transmitted disease. Many people with trich have no symptoms, so they can spread it to others without knowing it.
Chlamydia is an STD caused by bacteria. It's important to know the symptoms, as treatment can prevent the infection from leading to other health problems.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that's usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
Genital Warts (HPV)
Genital warts usually are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which also can lead to cervical cancer and other types of cancer. A vaccine can prevent HPV infection.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Many people with gonorrhea have no symptoms. They can spread the infection to others without knowing it.
HIV and AIDS
Parents can help prevent HIV/AIDS by learning the facts and talking with their kids regularly about healthy behaviors, feelings, and sexuality.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious infection of the female reproductive organs that may cause severe symptoms, minor symptoms, or no symptoms at all.
Pubic Lice (Crabs)
Pubic lice are six-legged creatures that infest the hair in the pubic area. Pubic lice infestation is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but it can be contracted in other ways.
Parents should learn about the most common STDs, how they spread, and how they're diagnosed and treated.
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa can cause disease. Here's how to help protect your family from germs.
Talking to Your Kids About STDs
Your kids need to understand how STDs spread and how to protect themselves. Here's how to talk to them about sexually transmitted diseases.
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is when someone takes medicines every day to lower his or her chances of getting HIV.