First of all: what is an STD? Is it different to an STI? Some people get confused by this question but the answer is really quite simple. STD stands for sexually transmitted disease and STI stands for sexually transmitted infection. That is the only real difference. Nowadays STI is the most widely used phrase and was coined due to the fact that most sexually transmitted diseases do not have any noticeable physical symptoms and so are not really thought to be a disease, they first start off like an ‘infection’ but can become like a ‘disease’ after a while if not treated. Hope that clarified that one for you, so now we can move on to the important stuff. Never mind asking ‘what is an std?’ What you really need to know is what they can do to you, which is the most common STD, what STI symptoms are and the treatment for std’s.

There are a range of different STIs or STDs which are all quite common and are spreading rapidly with the lack of concern for contraception. To protect yourself always use a condom and have regular STI checks at your GPs or local GUM clinic (basically std testing clinics, but the acronym stands for Genito Urinary Medicine). You can look up your nearest one in your phone book or online. When with a new partner do not even think about ditching condoms unless you have both had a full sexual health check at an std testing clinic; you don’t want to catch anything nasty that they may have picked up from a previous partner. If a partner doesn’t respect you enough to use a condom then they are not worth having sex with as they certainly won’t be using one with anyone else either.

Shockingly every single sexually transmitted disease has seen a rise of at least 22% since 2006 (from a survey by the Health Protection Agency) with Syphilis and Chlamydia seeing over 100% more cases arise. And those are only the ones that have been diagnosed... The most common STD amongst the population today seems to be Chlamydia, something which has never been the case before. This is probably down to the fact that it has very few symptoms and in most people none of these symptoms actually occur. You could be walking around with the most common STD for years, passing it on to every sexual partner you have. Is that not a good enough reason to get checked?

STI symptoms are something everyone should know about if they are having sex, particularly if it is unprotected. But ‘what are STD/STI symptoms?’ Is just as common a question as ‘what is an STD/STI?’

Sexually transmitted infections or diseases are not something you want to have: believe me. Although some may be easily treated nowadays, if not caught early they can lead to serious health problems later in life and no one wants to have to deal with that. Symptoms can include sores, unusual discharge, warts and much more. Read the various sections below to find of exactly what STI symptoms are, which STI they belong to and what works best as a treatment for std’s. We have organised it into handy sections for you with female and male sexually transmitted diseases each including the STI symptoms, what each STD is and treatment for std’s.

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