Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Center

General Overview

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

Living with herpes: an interview with Tom

Preventing STDs

Vaccines

Ladies and gentlemen: use your condom sense

Condoms are used for birth control and/or protection from sexually transmitted infections. Learn more here.

Condom options

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?

Special Topics

Rerun imageLet's talk about sex (and STDs)

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)

How to detect and treat STDs

Learn about the dangers, symptoms, and treatment of chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, syphilis, genital herpes, and venereal warts.

Health issues for gay teens

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?

True or false: it is possible for a person to get a sexually transmitted infection from a public toilet seat

A common fear among people is that STIs can be passed in public places, such as through contact with toilet seats. Is this true?

Related Conditions

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)

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