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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Regular Health Screening at Washington Township Medical Foundation

Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are a series of illnesses and disorders that can be spread through sexual contact. Knowing about these illnesses is extremely important for all sexually active teens and adults. It is also important to regularly get tested for STDs and to practice safe sex behaviors in order to protect yourself from these infections.

Some of the most common types of STDs include:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Genital herpes
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Crabs / pubic lice

While there are cures available for some types of STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis—all of which are bacterial infections—others can only be addressed through ongoing treatment and symptom management and cannot be definitively cured. If you have been having unprotected sex or if you have had multiple partners, it is important to get tested regularly for STDs. Ask your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation about screening for STDs.

STDs & Pregnancy

Women are more likely to get an STD than men. Additionally, if left untreated, STDs can cause complications with pregnancy, fertility, and other health issues down the line. STDs can also be passed from an infected mother to her unborn child in pregnancy or during delivery.

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