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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These are infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that are spread through sexual activity, specifically anal, vaginal, and oral sex.

What Are the Risk Factors?

■ Unprotected Sex

■ Blood products

What Are the Symptoms?

■ an unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or anus.

■ pain when peeing.

■ lumps or skin growths around the genitals or bottom (anus)

■ a rash.

■ unusual vaginal bleeding.

■ itchy genitals or anus.

■ blisters and sores around your genitals or anus.

■ warts around your genitals or anus.


Prevention Tips

■ Vaccination. Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent hepatitis B and HPV

■ Reduce Number of Sex Partners

■ Mutual Monogamy

■ Use Condoms

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