Genital herpes is a common STD, but most people who have genital herpes don’t know it. There are often no symptoms. If you have symptoms, the most common ones are painful blisters and sores. There is no cure for genital herpes, but there are treatments for the symptoms.
Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is so common that most sexually active people get it at some point in their lives. Most don’t know they have it because HPV usually has no signs or symptoms and goes away on its own without causing any serious health problems. There are HPV vaccines that can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV.
Most people who have chlamydia don’t know it but if left untreated, chlamydia can result in serious health problems, such as infertility in women. A simple test can tell you if you have chlamydia. Young, sexually active females need testing every year.
Many people who have gonorrhea don’t know it. Especially in women, the disease often has no symptoms. A simple test by a health care provider can tell if you have gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is easy to treat and cure.
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Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal or oral sex. The sore is painless. A blood test by a provider can tell you if you have syphilis. Syphilis is easy to treat and cure in its early stages.
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Testing and treatment for other STDs can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of HIV.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
BV is a condition in which there is an overgrowth of some kinds of bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms include unusual vaginal discharge with a strong fish odor and/or itching around your vagina. BV is easy to treat and cure.
Many people who have trichomoniasis don’t know it. The infection often has no symptoms. Women are more likely than men to get symptoms. You can get trichomoniasis by having vaginal sex with someone who has it. Trichomoniasis is easy to treat and cure.