Medical Definition of Sexually transmitted infection

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Sexually transmitted infection: An infection that can be transferred from one person to another through sexual contact. In this context, sexual contact is more than just sexual intercourse (vaginal and anal) and also includes kissing, and the use of sexual "toys," such as vibrators.

Examples of some of the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are:

The term "sexually transmitted infection (STI)" corresponds to and is meant to replace the older term "sexually transmitted disease (STD).

See also: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Women; Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Men.

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Last Editorial Review: 1/25/2017

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