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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STI is an abbreviation for Sexually Transmitted Infections. This term has replaced STD (sexually transmitted disease) and VD (venereal disease). The change in terminology is more inclusive of bacteria and viruses that can be obtained from sexual content. The term "disease" usually indicates that there are signs and symptoms while actually many infections do not produce any symptoms. Unfortunately, STIs are very common in sexually active humans. Because many STIs do not result in signs or symptoms, a person may have an infection and not be aware of it. Many times, feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment prevent individuals from seeking screening. Keep in mind that all medical consultations are strictly confidential and non-judgmental. All sexually active persons should be screened for STIs.

Facts about Sexually Transmitted Infections

Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted bacterial infection
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted bacterial infection
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Herpes Virus (HSV), a sexually transmitted viral infection
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Hepatitis, a virus that can be transmitted sexually
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a virus that is transmitted sexually
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a sexually transmitted virus
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), an infection that may result in infertility in the female
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Syphilis, a sexually transmitted bacterium
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

Trichomoniasis (Trich), a sexually transmitted protozoan parasite
US Center for Disease Control
American Social Health Association

For more information, you can check out the following hotlines and websites regarding STIs and support groups.

National STD Hotline
1-800-227-8922

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1-800-CDC.INFO (232-4636)
www.cdc.gov

Herpes Resource Center
1-800-230-6039

American Social Health Association
www.ashastd.org

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
www.plannedparenthood.org

National Prevention Information Network
www.cdcnpin.org


For STI information and screening available at TAMUK, call the Student Health Center at 361-593-2904.

This page was last updated on: August 21, 2013