Sexually transmitted diseases (or STDs) are a varied group of infections that usually are passed from person to person by sexual contact. Some also spread from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth. Widespread around the world, STDs, also called STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), are particularly common among people in their teens and early twenties. What can you do to insure that you remain STDFree? If you are sexually active, always use condoms and get tested at least twice a year.
Awareness fashion show at University of Houston Main campus with fashions made from condoms.
Knowing your status is the first step in protecting yourself from STDs/STIs. If you are sexually active, always get tested at least twice per year and practice safe sex by using a condom at all times. STDs can be transmitted through anal, oral or vaginal sex. A few of the most common infections are listed below, with links to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website and symptom information.