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It may feel awkward, but one of the best ways to prevent a sexually transmitted disease (infection) is open communication with partners and your doctor...and using protection.

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Not all STD symptoms in women are due to an STD. Here's a comprehensive list of STD and non-STD causes.

There are two types of herpes simplex virus—an oral type and a genital one. They both can cause outbreaks now and then, but are dormant most of the time. Both are contagious through intimate contact, so it’s important to take precautions with partners.

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Disseminated gonococcal infection causes joint and tendon pain, small fluid-filled bumps on the skin, fever, and chills.

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HIV is a viral infection that multiplies, infects and progressively gets rid of certain white blood cells. Read about the symptoms and stages of HIV.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and causes warts around the genitals and other surrounding areas.

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Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Symptoms can be subtle but can include abnormal vaginal discharge in women and painful urination in men. It can be prevented with safe sex practices and treated with antibiotics.

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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be acute or chronic. Symptoms occur in three stages, characterized by a sore in the mouth or genital area, followed by a rash, and, if untreated, can progress to more serious issues such as blindness, paralysis, dementia, deafness, and death.

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Hepatitis B is a liver infection and is spread by sharing infected bodily fluids. This condition often does not show symptoms but chronic cases can cause serious damage.

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