Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Medically, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection before and after it causes symptoms and becomes a disease. An Sexual Transmitted Disease (STD) is an infection that has symptoms. Some organizations prefer using the term STD. Others, including Planned Parenthood, prefer the term STI because STIs can be passed from one person to another — even when there are no symptoms. We want women and men to understand that they are just as likely to get an STI from someone with no symptoms as from someone with symptoms. It is also a lot easier to prevent getting most STIs than it is to treat most STDs. This can include:
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Contagiosum
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Gential Warts
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • Human Papiloma Virus (HPV)
  • Intestinal Parasits
  • Molluscum
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Pubic Lice
  • Scabies
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Website Resources
Planned Parenthood
Provides information about sexual and reproductive health.

Planned Parenthood for Teens

National Institutes of Health
Provides information about STDs.

Published Resources
It’s Your (Sex) Life