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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

What are Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are most often -- but not exclusively -- spread by sexual intercourse.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Facts –

The most common STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, genital herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, pubic lice (also called crabs), and trichomoniasis. Others infections that can be transmitted sexually include hepatitis B, molluscum contagiosum, scabies, and mycoplasma genitalium.

Frequently asked questions

What are the most common sexually transmitted diseases?


Chlamydia. Genital herpes. Genital warts or human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain high-risk types of HPV can cause cervical cancer in women. Gonorrhea. Hepatitis B. Syphilis. Trichomoniasis. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.




When did sexually transmitted diseases start?


Syphilis was first widely reported by European writers in the 16th century. Some medical historians assume that the disease was imported into Europe by explorers returning from the New World. Others believe that syphilis is a disease of ancient origin and may at one time have been mistakenly identified as leprosy.




Can get get an STD from Kissing?


Herpes is the only established STD transmitted through kissing. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus. HIV may be transmitted through kissing if a cut or open sore exists, but this would be considered very rare.




Can STDs be transmitted via oral sex?


Unprotected oral sex is very common and has risks that many are not aware of. The following sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, HPV, and viral hepatitis can all be passed on through oral sex.