Understanding STDs/STIs | The Basics

Intimate relationships can seem intimidating when you have an STD, but don't feel ashamed.

An estimated 1 in 5 Americans have a sexually transmitted infection on any given day.

While caution regarding STIs and STDs is important, don't let anxiety and fear overwhelm you.

Understanding the virus and taking protective measures can help you and your sexual partners.

From early reports to a national health emergency, the virus is beginning to pick up momentum.

Burning below the belt can arise from a number of causes, whether it's a shave, a rash or more.

Unlike chickenpox, people don't become immune to STDs after getting sick once.

Having a sexually transmitted infection is bad, but what other people think can make it worse.

The CDC finds an increasing number of transmissions. Safety measures can protect you.


Ancient rituals, unappealing remedies and dangerous practices have given way to 'wonder drugs.'


HSV-positive advocates have endured herpes stigma and come out stronger for it.

Bananas and open grapefruit are spread amongst condoms.

Donovanosis presents scary symptoms, but the rare disease poses little reason to panic.


A sexually transmitted infection is not the end of your life, it's the start of a new one.

Taking precautions is key, but relies on knowing the right facts first.

With rates at record highs, don't use squeamishness over talking about your status as an excuse.

A deep dive into the comment section reveals gaps in our collective sex health education.

The number of seniors contracting sexually transmitted diseases is on the rise in the U.S.

From the differences between 'infection' and 'disease' to understanding risks, get the facts.

MGen is an STD with symptoms similar to other known infections, so why don’t we talk about it?

Throat irritation after oral sex may be the first sign you have an STI/STD.

That skin irritation could be a sign of an STI.

Not all stigmatization is discrimination, but the connection is clear.

Testing and treatment aren't impossible, but gaining access to solutions can be difficult.

I did everything right to clear my infection, so why didn’t anyone believe me?

Rates crept to an all-time high in 2019, with marginalized communities hit hardest.

Common sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the U.S. What's causing the increase?

How much do you know about less common STIs and STDs? And how much of that is true?

STDs and STIs can lead to serious complications, so it's important to know the facts.

Look out for the warning signs that might indicate an STD, especially if you're at risk.

Improve the safety of your sex life.

The timing depends a lot on gut instincts regarding your partner.

Sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections have distinct differences.