What causes STDs?

 

STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are caused by different microorganisms. They can be caused by bacteria, such as Chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea, by viruses, such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, and others.

 

How will I know if I have an STD?

 

The best way to know if you have been infected with an STD is to undergo STD testing. There are different ways to test for STDs, and they all require a sample of your bodily fluid, such as blood, urine, or saliva, to be able to have a diagnosis.

 

What should I do if I test positive for an STD?

 

If you unfortunately test positive for an STD, you should go see a doctor to talk about the best treatment solution to administer. There are different types of treatment plans for different STDs, and your doctor will know what the appropriate option for you is.

 

What kinds of treatments are available for STDs?

 

Bacterial STDs are usually treated with antibiotics, while viral ones can be managed by antiretroviral treatment or prevent by vaccines.