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There are two basic categories of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): bacterial and viral. Bacterial STDs can be treated with an antibiotic; viral STDs are incurable, but outbreaks can be treated.
Among the most common STDs are:
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts/Human Papilloma Virus
- HIV/AIDS virus
Often STDs cause no symptoms, especially in women. So, if you are sexually active with more than one partner, you should talk to your doctor about safe sex practices and be periodically tested or screened for STDs even in the absence of any symptoms. Regular testing will reduce the risk of potentially spreading the infection to a sexual partner, as well as the risk of serious health problems if left untreated. For more information on STDs, go to www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm
The basic rules for safe sex are to:
- Engage in a mutually monogamous sexual relationship with an uninfected partner.
- Correctly and consistently use a male condom to provide a barrier to protect you from contact with genital sores and prevent the exchange of body fluids, such as semen, blood, and vaginal secretions.
For more information or to be tested for STDs:
GVSU Campus Health Center
Page last modified September 14, 2010