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What is an sexually transmitted disease? How do you know if you have an STD? How are STDs transmitted? How can you avoid getting sick?
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Top 10 Questions I Get From People Who Think They Might Have an STD
A quick reference of the most common questions I get from people who are worried they might have an STD... or who were just diagnosed and don't have a clue what to do next.

Facts About STDs -
Have a question about sexually transmitted diseases? All your frequently asked questions about STDs are aggregated right here. Want to know more? Submit a question yourself and maybe it will make it into the STD FAQ. Learn about STD symptoms, STD treatment, STD testing, STD Prevention and more!

Do I Have an STD?
Do I have an STD? How do you know if you have a sexually transmitted disease? How can you be certain that you don't?

STDs During Pregnancy
STDs don't only affect your health, they can affect the health of your baby.

The Incubation Period of Common STDs
You've just had unprotected sex with a new partner, and all of a sudden a strange mark has appeared in your pubic area. Although many sexually transmitted diseases can remain asymptomatic for years, it's good to have a few guidelines for when you're just being paranoid. If the sheets haven't even cooled down yet, that pimple is almost certainly...

An Overview of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
There are a lot of sexually transmitted diseases out there. This article gives you an overview of some of the most common ones you're likely to stumble across in your sexual explorations.

Asymptomatic Disease & The STD Epidemic
One of the factors that makes STDs so common is that most people with an STD don’t even know that they are sick. That’s why some scientists call STDs The Hidden Epidemic.

What Is Asymptomatic Shedding?
Just because you don't have symptoms of a disease doesn't mean you can't pass it on. Many individuals are infected with viral sexually transmitted diseases like HIV or Herpes for years without knowing it. Even though they don't have any std symptoms that doesn't mean they can't pass the virus on. Asymptomatic shedding is when a person's body produces more virus without them showing any signs of a disease. It's one of the reasons so many STDs are so contagious.

Top 10 Risk Factors for Acquiring an STD
Unprotected sex is only the most obvious risk factor for acquiring an STD. Did you know that having one STD can make you more susceptible to others?

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Contracting an STD
You know you want to have sex, but what's the best way to do so as safely as possible? How can you reduce the risk of contracting an STD?

Symptoms of Common STDs
The list of STD symptoms is diverse as the diseases themselves.
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Getting Tested for an STD
How do doctors test for various STDs?

Treatment of STDs
STD treatment is different for different STDs.

What does it feel like to have an STD?
I get a lot of e-mails which ask me what it feels like to have an STD. Although this question usually comes from someone who has symptoms, the answer isn't as simple as they suspect.

The Difference Between Sexually Transmitted & Associated Diseases
Sexually associated diseases are ones that you don’t get from your partner during sex. Instead, sexual activity itself increases your risk.

Sexually Transmitted Infections
Why do the experts call sexually transmitted diseases sexually transmitted infections? Because, technically, the term sexually transmitted infections is more accurate. However, that doesn't mean that STI is a more useful term than STD

Understanding Causality - Necessary and Sufficient
Rarely can the cause of a medical event be easily stated. Even if you can say definitively that "A causes B," what exactly does it mean? Scientists have developed a language, so that they can communicate clearly about causality. They describe causal factors as being necessary, sufficient, neither or both.

I think I might have an STD. What do I do now?
There are a number of reasons someone might think they have an STD - a call from a former partner, symptoms that could be STD related, paranoia - but there is a very simple list of things that you should do about it.

What Causes Pain During Sex?
Sexual pain may be caused by a sexually transmitted infection, but it can also have a non-infectious cause.

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