sexually transmitted infections (STI's)
infections or conditions that are spread primarily through sexual contact.
an infected person may not have symptoms.
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
breaks down a person's immune system and allows other diseases to invade the body that would normally be easily resisted.
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
a virus that enters the person's body and slowly weakens the immune system.
when diseases that a healthy person can easily resist make the person ill.
a substance created by the immune system to fight viruses such as HIV.
a bacterial STI that almost always is spread sexually and is often asymptomatic.
pelvic inflamatory disease (PID)
a condition in which a women's reproductive system becomes inflamed, irritated, or infected.
an STI caused by bacteria and almost always spread sexually. Number 1 STI for teens.
nongonococcal urethritus (NGU)
urethritus caused by any of a number of bacteria and viruses. It is not caused by the bacteria that are found in gonorrhea.
bacterial vaginosis (BV)
most common vaginal infection. The level of healthy bacteria in the female reproductive tract is upset. Some health care providers do not classify BV as an STI.
STI caused by a bacteria called a spirochete.It is spread through contact with an infected person's rash or sores.
a painless sore located at the point of infection.
an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus enters the body through the skin or mucous membranes after direct contact with an infected person.
dry, painless warts that grow on the reproductive organisms. They are caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV. Spread through contact with the genital warts of an infected person.
an infection caused by a protozoan that can be passed by sexual contact but also by other means as well. It can survive for a few hours in towels.
parasites with gray, divided bodies that are one to four millimeters long. Sometimes called crab lice. They attach themselves to the pubic hair.
a skin infection caused by mites. Spread by general skin to skin or sexual contact.Mites burrow beneath the skin and lay eggs. Itching and swelling may follow.A sore forms at the burrow location, which may be on any part of the body.