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?
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.