Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Genital herpes, chlamydia, condyloma, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and AIDS are all sexually transmitted diseases, infections caused by microbes, bacteria, viruses, or fungi. They all have the following in common: they may be contracted during unprotected sexual intercourse. The best known among them is AIDS which causes many deaths every year.

Did you Know it?

In 2006, 1,030,911 cases of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection were reported to CDC. The overall rate of chlamydial infection in the United States among women (515.8 cases per 100,000 females) was almost three times the rate among men (173.0 cases per 100,000 males),

What to Tell Children (book excerpt)

• Unprotected sex increases probabilities of pregnancy and transmission of a STD to your partner.
• Hepatitis B and AIDS are also transmitted through blood; therefore, special attention needs to be paid with piercing procedures and tattoos. Sterilized equipment should always be used; otherwise, accidental blood exposure may cause infection. Additionally, do not pick up or touch abandoned needles.

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