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What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that can be transferred from one person to another through any type of sexual contact. STDs are sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) since they involve the transmission of a disease-causing organism from one person to another during sexual activity. It is important to realize that sexual contact includes more than just sexual intercourse (vaginal and anal). Sexual contact includes kissing, oral-genital contact, and the use of sexual "toys," such as vibrators. STDs probably have been around for thousands of years, but the most dangerous of these conditions, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or HIV disease), has only been recognized since 1984.

Many STDs are treatable, but effective cures are lacking for others, such as HIV, HPV, and hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Even gonorrhea, once easily cured, has become resistant to many of the older traditional antibiotics. Many STDs can be present in, and spread by, people who do not have any symptoms of the condition and have not yet been diagnosed with an STD. Therefore, public awareness and education about these infections and the methods of preventing them is important.

There really is no such thing as "safe" sex. The only truly effective way to prevent STDs is abstinence. Sex in the context of a monogamous relationship wherein neither party is infected with an STD also is considered "safe." Most people think that kissing is a safe activity. But unfortunately, syphilis, herpes, and other infections can be contracted through this relatively simple and apparently harmless act. All other forms of sexual contact carry some risk. Condoms are commonly thought to protect against STDs. Condoms are useful in decreasing the spread of certain infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea; however, they do not fully protect against other infections such as genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis, and AIDS. Prevention of the spread of STDs is dependent upon the counseling of at-risk individuals and the early diagnosis and treatment of infections.

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Comment from: righteousbabe, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I admit having multiple sexual partners last year and never seen this happen to me. About a week ago or so I went to an obstetrician/gynecologist to check what is going on with me. I'm having a fishy vaginal discharge and having a trace of blood when I have sexual contact with my boyfriend. I was examined and had my sample tested on the lab. I was prescribed with a 10 day antibiotic (Doxicon) and a suppository. After doing a urinalysis and pap smear, I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. Based on the lab results, it is severe. My doctor again prescribed me a new set of antibiotic, which my boyfriend and I would take to avoid passing the bacteria. Going back on the first set of medication prescribed to me there had been a difference. The foul odor was gone. But I still experience discharge though minimal. Prior to my going to the doctor my discharge was a bit yellowish to greenish. But now it is white in color. I was hoping that I'll get treated or else it may end up worse. I was advised not to have any sexual contact during treatment.

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