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How to Tell if You Have a Sexually Transmitted Disease

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Worried you might have a sexually transmitted disease? This is a great place to find out more. Here you can learn what STD symptoms look like and how STD testing works. You'll also learn why screening is an essential part of dealing with STDs -- even though many STDs may have no symptoms, they can still do damage to your health.
  1. Sexually Transmitted Disease FAQs
  2. STD Basics
  3. Bumps, Sores, and Other Disturbing Signs
  4. Testing, Testing, STDs
  1. Pap Smear - Testing for Genital Cancers
  2. Asymptomatic STDs: The Hidden Epidemic
  3. Testing Issues

Sexually Transmitted Disease FAQs

Need a quick answer to a question about a sexually transmitted disease? You're in the right place! Here you can find answers to all your most pressing questions about STDs. Find out about risk factors, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and more. It's all right here!

STD Basics

What is a sexually transmitted disease? How do you get an STD, and how can you find out if you've been infected? Information is a powerful tool in understanding your health and protecting it.

Bumps, Sores, and Other Disturbing Signs

What is that mark that has just appeared on your genitals? Is it a pimple or is it a sexually transmitted disease? Sometimes it's hard to tell what's normal and what you need to be concerned about. The symptoms of STDs are incredibly varied, and not everyone with the same infection will have the same signs. Remember though, that although the articles below will provide you with some useful information, the only way you can find out if something is wrong is to go to a health-care provider.

Testing, Testing, STDs

There's no way to know you have an STD without getting tested. How do you know when to get tested, and what do you need to be tested for? It varies person by person and disease by disease, but here are some guidelines to get you started.

Pap Smear - Testing for Genital Cancers

It was shocking for most people to learn that many genital cancers - including rectal cancer, cervical cancer, and penile cancer - are usually caused by an STD. Fortunately, there are tests that can catch these cancers, and pre-cancerous changes, early.

Asymptomatic STDs: The Hidden Epidemic

Perhaps you've heard someone say, "I don't need to get tested for STDs. I'd know if I had one." Perhaps that someone was you. Unfortunately, it simply isn't true -- the vast majority of people with sexually transmitted diseases never know they have them until it's too late. What is too late? It varies for different people. Too late could be when you try to have a child and discover that untreated chlamydia has rendered you infertile, or it could simply be hearing that you've passed on a disease to someone you love.

Testing Issues

Sometimes test results are difficult to understand. How can one test tell you that you have a disease when another says that you don't? Not all diagnostic tests are perfect. These articles will help you understand your results when they seem not to make any sense at all.

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