FS022, January 2010

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that can be spread through vaginal–penile, anal, or oral sex. Sexually transmitted diseases are passed between individuals through contact with the genitals, skin, mouth, rectum, or bodily fluids. There are more than 20 different STDs. They include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, trichomonas, and syphilis.