Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STDs occur in both Men and Women and can affect the reproductive wellnes of both. STD’s are spread through skin to skin contact, vaginal, anal and oral sex. Skin to skin contact does not mean walking up to someone and touching them. It means coming in contact with infected areas. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Herpes are spread through skin to skin contact, which means it doesn’t even take having sexual intercourse! Other STDs like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B are spread through a bodily fluid like blood, urine, semen, and vaginal fluid and these are exchanged during oral, vaginal and anal sex.
There are over 20 different kinds of STDs, however, several of them have many different strains. These are the most common:
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 20 million new STD infections occur each year, almost half of them are among young people ages 15 to 24.* Condoms and birth control do not protect against all STDs.
*Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA: https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats15/std-surveillance-2015-print.pdf
To learn more about STDs or to get tested, call 608-348-5787 to make an appointment.