STDs or sexually transmitted diseases is a common term used to describe the infections of urethra, vagina, mouth or anus caused by various microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and fungi). Chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital and oral herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and syphilis are common types of STDs. These infections are usually transmitted during any type of sexual contact with the infected person. Most of the STDs don't have any specific symptoms and that makes the condition difficult to diagnose and treat. There is a list of complications that can result from an active STI, including some serious ones such as ectopic pregnancy, enhanced transmission of HIV, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
It is not uncommon to have an STD as according to the CDC, one in two sexually active persons can get an STI by age 25 and approximately 20 million new STD cases aged 14-49 occur every year in the United States. Take the following quiz assessment to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction about STDs and which specific tests are recommended for you based on your age, sexual practices and other risk factors.