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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread by sexual contact. Except for colds and flu, STDs are the most common contagious diseases in the United States. Although some STDs can be treated and cured others can not. Prevention is key to protecting yourself. Common examples of sexually transmitted diseases include gonorrhea, Chlamydia, genital warts, genital herpes, human papillomavirus, syphilis, HIV, Trichomonas, and hepatitis B & C. Only gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis and sometimes hepatitis are curable. Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases can include: no symptoms, vaginal discharge, vaginal irritation, vaginal lesions or sores, abnormal pap smears, infertility, and pain just to name a few.

Protect yourself! Know your sexual partner's history. The more partners you or your partner has the higher your risk of getting an STD. Use a latex condom for all sexual contacts. Avoid any risky sexual practices and finally get the appropriate immunizations. Vaccinations are available for hepatitis B and HPV. Testing for STDs is available and will include a pelvic exam and blood work. See your provider for more information.

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