Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by infections, which a person can contract through unprotected sexual contact with an infected person. There are many different types of STDs, including: viralhepatitis, herpes, HIV, HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichonmoniasis. Women are more susceptible to STDs than men, and STDs in women can lead to serious health issues such as infertility. If you engage in sexual intercourse or other sexual activities, use protection to prevent and lower your risk of STDs, get tested, encourage your partner(s) to do the same, and talk to your health care provider about how to protect yourself from STDs.

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