stds

STDs / STIs

Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections (STDs/STIs) are a major issue for anyone who is sexually active - some are non-curable and some even lethal! This section contains information on viruses or bacteria that are spread by, or a direct or indirect consequence of, having sexual relations with other individuals.

If you have any symptoms or believe you might have an STD, please see a physician immediately. A medical doctor will be able to diagnose your condition, give you accurate information, and prescribe correct medication to deal with any problem you may have. For information on what to expect when you go for a check-up please read the STD Testing article in the Sexual Health section.

When participating in sexual activities with a new partner it is absolutely crucial to use a form of protection that will help minimize the likelihood of contracting an STD. Please see the Birth Control section for different forms of protection.

We, at SexInfo101.com, would like to remind you that although we have done our best to provide you with accurate and the most current information, we ourselves are not doctors. We urge you to use this information to gain a basic understanding, then to follow up with your physician.

aids
AIDS & HIV

A debilitating and distressing infection that continues to spread across all social groups, killing millions world-wide. Here's how to protect yourself!

Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial Vaginosis

A relatively mild, but common, vaginal infection that flies under the radar, but its risks need paying attention to! Not necessarily a STD/I.

chancroid
Chancroid

A sometimes difficult-to-diagnose bacterial infection, with numerous (sometimes painful) symptoms; effective treatment with antibiotics.

Chlamydia
Chlamydia

A very common STD, but often with no symptoms - so quite sinister because if left untreated it can cause infertility in women.

CMV (Cytomegalovirus)
CMV (Cytomegalovirus)

A member of the Herpes Virus group, it infects the majority of adults by age 40 and is also the virus most frequently transmitted to a child before birth.

crabs
Crabs

Pubic lice found in the genital area of humans. Usually (but not always) transmitted through sexual contact. Not the same as head lice!

genital warts
Genital Warts (HPV)

Extremely contagious and is transmitted mostly through intimate contact of moist surfaces (i.e., oral sex, vaginal intercourse, etc.).

Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea

Men usually have the symptoms of urethritis, burning on urination, and penile discharge. Women often have no symptoms and so go undiagnosed!

Herpes
Herpes

Millions suffer with genital herpes, even more with labial herpes (cold sores) affecting lips/mouth/face. Both are contagious, but the first is an STD/I.

Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum Contagiosum

Mainly seen in children. In teenagers/ adults it is sexually transmitted and considered an STD. A benign disorder that usually clears up by itself.

Mycoplasma Genitalium
Mycoplasma Genitalium

Never heard of this STD/STI? Not surprising as even some doctors aren't properly aware of its existence!

PID
PID (Pelvic Inflammatory)

An infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes & other reproductive organs. A common & serious complication of some STDs, especially gonorrhea & chlamydia.

scabies
Scabies

An infestation by the itch mite that burrows into the skin to produce intense itching that tends to be worse at night. Not always spread as an STD.

Syphilis
Syphilis

A multi-stage infection caused by a microscopic organism; often called "the great imitator" because symptoms are similar to those of other diseases.

Trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis

Most common curable STD in sexually active women. Affects both sexes, but symptoms more common in women. Men with no symptoms can be carriers!

yeast infection
Yeast Infections

Extreme irritation in/around the vagina caused by fungus imbalance. 75% of adult women have had at least once in their lifetime. Not usually an STD.