Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, also referred to as sexually transmitted infections or STIs, do not refer to any one disease but include more than 25 infectious organisms that are transmitted through sexual activity and the dozens of clinical syndromes that they cause.
Common STDs include:
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts/HPV
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
- Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV)
- Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Pubic Lice (crabs)
- Retrovirus infections other than HIV (HTLV)
- Scabies (mites)
STDs are almost always spread from person to person by sexual intercourse, most commonly by anal or vaginal intercourse but also through oral sex. Some STDs, such as hepatitis B or HIV infection, are also transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, through the sharing of needles or equipment to inject drugs, body pierce or tattoo. Pregnant women with STDs may pass their infections to infants during pregnancy or birth or through breast feeding.
- About STDs: STD Basics
Signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment for specific STDs.
- Getting Tested for STDs
Resources for finding STD testing clinics in your area.
- STD News
News releases, news articles, public service announcements related to STDs.
- STD Statistics and Reports
Graphs, tables and text that describe trends in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota.
STD/HIV/TB Data and Presentation Request
Please use this form to request data or presentations on STDs, HIV, or TB.
- Information for Health Professionals
Health notices, information on reporting and treating STDs, tools and resources.
- Information for Teachers and Educators