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Frequently Asked Questions

Chlamydia

  • A bacterial infection
  • Often doesn’t have symptoms
  • Cured with antibiotics
  • Estimated 1.6 million new cases in the U.S. each year

Gonorrhea

  • A bacterial infection
  • Often doesn’t have symptoms
  • Cured with antibiotics
  • Estimated 677,000+ new cases in the U.S. each year

Hepatitis B

  • A viral infection affecting the liver
  • Often doesn’t have symptoms
  • No cure, but treatable with prescription medication
  • A vaccine is available
  • Estimated 21,600 new cases in the U.S. each year

Hepatitis C

  • A viral infection affecting the liver
  • Often doesn’t have symptoms
  • Cured with prescription medication. Left untreated can cause liver disease and death
  • Estimated 57,500 new cases in the U.S. each year

Herpes

  • A virus affecting the mouth and/or genitals
  • Can cause blistery sores
  • No cure, but outbreaks can be managed with prescription medication
  • 11.9% of persons aged 14–49 years are estimated to have genital herpes

HIV/AIDS

  • A virus that attacks the immune system
  • May not show symptoms initially
  • No cure, but treatable with antiretroviral prescription medications that also prevent transmission
  • Estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S.

HPV

  • A virus with 150 different types
  • Some types cause genital warts; others, including those associated with cervical cancer, often do not have symptoms
  • Vaccine protects against some types that cause genital warts and cancer
  • Most common STD in the U.S.

Syphilis

  • A bacterial infection
  • Symptoms can come and go, and may include sores
  • Cured with antibiotics
  • Left untreated can cause permanent damage
  • Estimated 133,000+ new cases in the U.S. each year

Trichomoniasis

  • A parasitic infection
  • Usually no symptoms, but can cause vaginitis that may result in discharge and irritation
  • Cured with antibiotics
  • Estimated 3.7 million people living with Trich in the U.S.

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