Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact.

These infections often do not cause any symptoms. Medically, infections are only called diseases when they cause symptoms. That is why STDs are sometimes also referred to as “sexually transmitted infections”. However, it is very common for health workers and others to use the terms “sexually transmitted diseases” and “STDs” when there is an infection without any symptoms.

There are many kinds of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. They are very common – more than half of all of us will get one at some point in our lifetime. The good news is that we can protect ourselves and each other from contracting an STD. Practicing safer sex allows you to reduce your risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. If you have done anything that puts you at risk of infection, getting tested will ensure that you receive any necessary treatment and prevent the spread of infection to others. We are here to help you. The caring staff at OCHD can talk to you about STDs and help you obtain any testing or treatment you may need.

For more information on common sexually transmitted infections, please click here.

To learn more about HIV, click here.