STDs are infectious organisms that are transmitted primarily through sexual activity. STD prevention is essential to maintaining reproductive health.1
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Regular sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening, early detection, and consistent treatment for STDs are all essential to maintaining sexual health. Some of the most common STDs are gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. Many STDs are asymptomatic, but when left untreated, can cause serious health problems including infertility in both men and women, life-threatening congenital problems in newborns, and STD-related cancers. STDs also increase a person's risk for HIV.
None of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases targets were achieved by 2020.
For more information, please refer to these resources:
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Healthy People 2020. 5/27/21