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Which sexually transmitted diseases are caused by viruses? What should I know about HIV, HPV, Herpes, and Hepatitis? How are these diseases treated, and how can I keep my partner safe?
  1. HIV/AIDS (35)
  2. HPV (33)
  3. Hepatitis B (5)
  4. Herpes (42)
  5. Molluscum Contagiosum (4)

HIV/AIDS Overview
HIV is a virus, but AIDS is a definition. HIV-positive individuals can stay healthy for years, or even decades, before they become sick enough to receive an AIDS diagnosis.

Genital Herpes (HSV)
Genital and oral herpes are only caused by two of the family of six herpes viruses that can infect humans.

Hepatitis B Overview
Hepatitis B is one of five types of hepatitis that can infect humans. All of the hepatitis viruses affect the liver, but they have different modes of transmission and cause different levels of damage. Hepatitis B can be sexually transmitted.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
There are dozens of types of human papillomavirus which can cause everything from normal skin warts to genital warts to various types of cancer.

Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum can be sexually transmitted, although it is far more often seen in children.

Should States Be Allowed to Mandate the HPV Vaccine?
The state of Texas' recent decision to mandate vaccination with the HPV vaccine has drawn a lot of controversy. Why might mandating the HPV vaccine be a good idea? Are there any downsides?

HIV/AIDS Frequently Asked Questions
This website, from the About.com Guide to HIV/AIDS, answers some frequently asked questions about HIV and AIDS.

Hepatitis C (HCV) Infection
Hepatitis C (HCV) infections are not generally thought of as sexually transmitted diseases. However, they are a relatively common co-infection in people with HIV. This is thought primarily to be because both viruses are associated with injection drug use; however, in rare cases HCV can also be sexually transmitted.

HIV/AIDS and African Americans
This is the CDC's resource page for information about African Americans and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Body
The Body is a resource for in depth information about topics related to HIV and the AIDS epidemic.

Know HIV/AIDS
This website is an excellent source for information about HIV and AIDS. It includes a tool for locating HIV testing services near you.

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