What girls need to know about sexually transmitted diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually
Transmitted Infections (STIs) are the same thing.
STDs are infections that are spread through sexual contact
(genital, oral and anal) or skin-to-skin contact with the infected area.
ANYONE can get an STD.
Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STDs spread easily because you can't tell whether someone
has an infection.
Most people do not have any symptoms and don't even know
that they have an infection. Someone could pass an infection on to their sex
partners without even realizing it.
It is easier to PREVENT STDs than to Treat STDs.
Ways to prevent STDs:
for ALL sexual activity
Ways to reduce the chances of getting an STD:
use EVERY time you have sexual contact.
Start Yearly Gynecological Exam as soon as you become
sexually active. Because…
will have the opportunity to learn more about STDs
will have the opportunity to learn about Birth Control
can ask LOTS of questions in a safe, judgment-free environment
Doctor can check for STDs
Article was written by Dr. Denise Grobe, Naturopathic Physician for the Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine in Mesa, AZ. You can reach her by email@example.com or