STDs and Teens
What is an STD?
There are more than 20 types of known sexually transmitted diseases. These illnesses pass from one person to another, primarily through sexual contact, and can be caused by bacterial, parasitic or viral infection. The spread of many of STD-causing microorganisms can be prevented by the avoidance of sexual activity, or reduced by the proper use of latex (or polyurethane) condoms for all sexual contact. Prompt screening for and treatment of common STDs, such as chlamydia, also reduces the risk of spreading or contracting a more serious infection, such as by HIV.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases. MedLine Plus. Retrieved 07-18-2008, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sexuallytransmitteddiseases.html
- STDs Today. National Prevention Information Network. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 07-18-2008, from http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/std/std.asp
- Bacteria that cause chlamydia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 07-18-2008, from http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/std/std..asp
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