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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

A group of diseases which are transmitted by sexual contact. In addition to gonorrhea, this groups generally includes chlamydia, HIV (AIDS), herpes, syphilis, and genital warts.
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Patient discussion about STDs

Q. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES how many types are there?

A. Gonorrhea, syphillis, Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus, HIV, urethritis..
The rest of the list, I think lixurion had already shared you the link, just read on that link..

Q. Is hepatitis a sexually transmitted disease? I mean hepatitis B and C mainly…

A. yes, hepatitis B is an STD, while hepatitis C is less likely caused by sexual transmitted disease.
hepatitis C usually transmitted through drugs usage and blood transfusion

Q. Are cold sores contagious? My boyfriend has cold sores on his mouth. Can I catch it from him? If so, how can I prevent catching it?

A. Cold sores contain the HSV-1 virus, which is the herpes simplex virus . While your boyfriend has cold sores, he should wash his hands often, especially after touching his face. He shouldn't share cups and eating utensils with others since he is very contagious. You should not kiss him or touch the cold sores either, in order not to be infected.

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Laboratory-based testing for STDs currently holds a greater share of the STD diagnostics market.
Getting tested is the only way for a sexually active person to be sure of their STD status.
"There has to be a shift in how our culture treats (STDs)--it needs to be seen as a standard part of health care," Bryan said.
Both the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and the Tulsa Health Department offer STD testing and have implemented expedited partner therapy to treat patients who were diagnosed with an STD.
Condoms are still considered the best choice for reducing risk of STDs, especially if you have new or multiple partners.
The survey also found gaps in care by some physicians, with one in four primary care physicians agreeing with the statement, "I am very uncomfortable discussing STI risk with my female patients," and 27% reporting that they could accurately diagnose STD patients "based on their symptoms," even though CDC notes, "STDs do not always cause symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it."
The danger of getting an STD might not be the first thought that runs through your head when you think about making out with your partner, but it is possible to get an STD just from kissing.
First, a sample of 311 local health departments was drawn from the 1,225 local health departments that indicated that they provided STD screening or treatment in a 2010 National Profile of Local Health Departments survey.
And most STDs, including HIV, are treatable, and many are curable.
A cross-sectional study of knowledge and awareness regarding STDs was conducted among regularly attending male students, Taif University (2012).
The app called MedXCom allows people to exchange STD status by bumping their phones, ABS News reported.