Sexually Transmitted Diseases are spread during vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the disease:

  • Chlamydia or NGU
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B*
  • Herpes
  • HIV/AIDS*
  • HPV/Genital Warts
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis (Trich) or NGU**

*These diseases are also spread by sharing needles and contact with infected blood
** spread during vaginal sex

Symptoms to Watch for:

Many people have STDs without symptoms, but noticeable symptoms are:

In Women:

  • An unusual discharge or smell from your vagina
  • Pain in your pelvic area – (the area between your belly button and sex organs)
  • Burning or itching around your vagina
  • Bleeding from your vagina that is not your regular period
  • Pain deep inside your vagina when you have sex

In Men:

  • A drip or discharge from your penis

In Women and Men:

  • Sores, bumps or blisters near your sex organs, rectum or mouth
  • Burning and pain when you urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Need to urinate often
  • Itching around your sex organs
  • A swelling or redness in your throat
  • Flu-like feelings with fever, chills and aches
  • Swelling in your groin (the area around your sex organs)

How to Protect Yourself:

Stay Safe – not having sex is safest; having sex with only one uninfected partner who only has sex with you is also safe.

If You Have Sex:

  • Use latex condoms with a water-based lubricant EVERY time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex. Condoms will protect you from STDs most of the time.
  • Use plastic (polyurethane) condoms if you’re allergic to latex. These come in both male and female styles.
  • Talk to your partner about past sex partners and needle drug use. Don’t have sex with someone who you think may have an STD.
  • Look closely at your partner for any signs of STDs– a rash, a sore or discharge. If you see anything you’re worried about don’t have sex.

Take Action:

  • Get checked for STDs regularly
  • Vaccines can help protect you against hepatitis B and some types of HPV
  • Know the signs and symptoms of STDs

If You Have An STD:

  • Tell your sex partner(s)
  • Wait to have sex