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What is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is infection that is transmitted by sexual contact from blood, body fluids or skin contact. Some of the most common std's are Gonnorhea, Chlamydia, HIV, Hepatitis, Trichamonis, Human Papilloma Virus, Venereal Warts, Herpes Virus and Crabs.

A sexually transmitted disease is any infection (or disease) that is spread from person to person as a result of intimate contact or sexual relations. There are many different types of sexually transmitted diseases and some can be caused by bacteria and some by viruses. Depending on the specific disease, transmission can result from infected body fluids (semen, blood, vaginal fluids) or from contact with infected skin.

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