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What are long-term effects of STDs?

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You may not realize you have certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) until damage to your reproductive organs make you infertile, or you have problems with your vision, your heart, or other organs. Having an STD may weaken the immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to other infections. HIV and herpes can be managed but not cured. Hepatitis B also may become chronic but can be managed.

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a complication of gonorrhea and chlamydia that can leave women unable to have children. It can even kill you.

If you pass an STD to your newborn child, the baby may suffer permanent harm or death.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. CDC National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hepatitis B Foundation.



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 30, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. CDC National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hepatitis B Foundation.



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 30, 2019

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