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STDs - sexually transmitted diseases

STDs - break the taboo
STDs - break the taboo
Despite numerous prevention campaigns, STDs such as AIDS, syphilis, genital herpes, gonorrhea and chlamydia are still very common. And no-one likes to talk about them!

STDs are very common! One in 10 young people has chlamydia and you certainly can't tell just by looking at them. We've got to break the taboo and start learning more about STDs and how to prevent them.

What are the main infections and their symptoms and how can they be treated?

Previously known as veneral diseases and STIs, STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are spread through unprotected sex (with or without ejaculation). STDs can be transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex.
 
 
Find out more in our practical guide to Sexually Transmitted Diseases

How to protect against STDs

To protect yourself against STDs, here are some basic rules to be aware of:
 
See also: our Sexuality section

STDs and condoms

Condoms are the only effective protection against STDs (other than abstaining from sex):

Different types of STD

Despite awareness campaigns, a variety of STDs are still prevalent:

STDs and risks

Certain sexual pratices favour the transmission of STDs if you don't take precautions:

And also...

> Test your knowledge of STDs in our STD quiz

> 12 steps to the Big O

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