STD - sexually-transmitted disease
STI - sexually-transmitted infection
According to various health reports, there are several types of STDs and STIs prevalent these days. In fact, every year, several hundreds of thousands up to millions of men and women contract STDs and STIs. That includes adults, teens, and even newborns.
Common STDs today
There are different types of STDs and STIs common today. Here are some examples:
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis B
Some of these STDs and STIs are caused by bacteria, others by viruses, some by parasites, and the rest by other types of microorganisms.
People at risk of infection
People who engage in risky sexual behaviors are more prone to contracting STDs and STIs than someone who is in a mutually monogamous relationship.
Those who use drugs intravenously are also more likely to get infected, especially if they share their paraphernalia with other people.
Individuals who work in the medical field and handle blood are advised to wear the proper protection to avoid accidentally hurting and exposing themselves to blood or instruments contaminated with STDs and STIs.
Everyone is at risk for STDs so utmost precaution has to be observed all the time.