About 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.
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.
- STD Facts:
Ooverview of STDs: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment.
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)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), CDC
CDC's STD website, with information and news relating to STDs and STD prevention.
De Enfermedades De Transmision Sexual (ETS), CDC
STD information in Spanish on CDC's web site, including fact sheets and a STD hotline.
- Recursos De Enfermedades De Transmision Sexual (ETS), CDC
Getting Tested & Notifying Partners
- Getting Tested for STDs
Resources for finding STD testing clinics in your area.
- STD/HIV Partner Services Program
The MDH STD/HIV Partner Services Program will work with you so that your partner can be informed about their potential exposure in a sensitive and private way.