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Some statuses are worth the risk of sharing.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). It often leads to genital warts and cancer.
  • There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genitals, mouth, and throat of both males and females.
  • HPV is passed on through genital contact (vaginal, anal, oral).
  • Some people may NOT show signs of HPV but are carriers of the virus.
  • Correct and consistent use of barrier methods can reduce the risk of contracting/spreading HPV. All people can also lower the risk of contracting HPV by receiving a vaccine.
  • See why some statuses are worth the risk of sharing.

Hard to spell. Easy to catch.

Trichomoniasis

  • Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a single-celled protozoan parasite. It is the most common curable sexually transmitted infection in young, sexually active women.
  • This parasite is transmitted through vaginal-penile intercourse or vulva-to-vulva (the area outside the vagina) contact with an infected partner.
  • Women can acquire the disease from infected men or women, but men usually contract it only from infected women.
  • Complications include an increase in a woman’s susceptibility and/or likelihood of passing along the HIV infection.
  • Trichomoniasis can be easily cured with prescription medication.
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Herpes

  • Herpes is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) that is contracted by having sex (anal, vaginal, and oral) with someone who is infected with Herpes simplex viruses (HSV).
  • HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found and released in the sores that the viruses cause.
  • Genital herpes may cause painful genital sores in many adults.
  • Some people may NOT show signs of HSV but are carriers of the virus.
  • Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes. However, outbreaks can occur in areas that are not covered by a condom.
  • See our Herpes weather forecast video.

The answer is getting tested.

Chlamydia

  • Chlamydia is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis.
  • It is known as a “silent” disease because the majority of infected people have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
  • Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. In can also be passed from an infected mother to child through birth.
  • If untreated, chlamydial infections can progress to serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences.
  • Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics.

Hard to spell. Easy to catch.

Gonorrhea

  • Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrheae. The bacterial infection grows and multiplies easily in the warm, moist areas of both the male and female reproductive tracts, as well as in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus.
  • Symptoms appear anywhere from 2-30 days after exposure, but those infected often lack symptoms.
  • If untreated, gonorrhea infections can progress to serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • Antibiotics can successfully cure gonorrhea. However, there are some drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, making it more difficult to successfully treat.
  • See how hard Gonorrhea is to spell.