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  1. Topic Overview

    Aside from colds and the flu, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are some of the most widespread diseases both in the United States and the world.

  2. Home Treatment

    Home treatment is never an appropriate treatment for a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

  3. Sexual Conditions Guide - Prevention

    You can take measures to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). You can also reduce the risk of transmitting an STD to your sex partner.

  4. Topic Overview

    The female condom is a tube of soft plastic with a closed end. Both ends have a ring or rim. The ring at the closed end is inserted deep into the vagina over the cervix,like a diaphragm,to hold the tube in place. The ring at the open end remains outside the opening of the vagina. A new female condom is used with each act of sexual intercourse. It can be inserted up to 8 hours before sexual ...

  5. Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

  6. Topic Overview

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread by sexual contact involving the genitals, mouth, or rectum, and can also be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus before or during delivery. STDs, which affect both men and women, are a worldwide public health concern. While most STDs can be cured, some cannot, including HIV (which causes AIDS), genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), ...

  7. Gonorrhea Test

    Gonorrhea tests involve testing a sample of body fluid or urine to determine if gonorrhea bacteria (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) are present and may be the cause of an infection. These tests are used to screen for or confirm a gonorrhea infection.

  8. High-Risk Sexual Behavior - Topic Overview

    Examples of high-risk sexual behavior include: Unprotected intercourse without male or female condom use,except in a long-term,single-partner (monogamous) relationship. Unprotected mouth-to-genital contact,except in a long-term monogamous relationship. Early sexual activity,especially before age 18. Having multiple sex partners. Having a high-risk partner (one who has multiple sex ...

  9. Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) - Symptoms

    Symptoms of erection problems (erectile dysfunction) include being unable to: Have an erection at any time, either with masturbation or with a sex partner. Maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Maintain an erection long enough to comple

  10. Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for an erection problem (erectile dysfunction) depends on the cause of the problem, which may be psychological, physical, or a combination of both.

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