part is that the most common symptom of an STD is NO
symptom, especially in girls! The consequences to your
future, if you get an STD, can be devastating.
(Leading infectious disease specialist doctor -
If you have already had sex, this section is not about
whether you are a good person or a bad person. The
purpose of this section on STD’s is to get you thinking
What is a STD/STI?
A Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infection (STD/STI) is a
disease you can get by having sex with someone else who
is infected with any of several germs that cause these
infections. Infections may occur inside your body or
outside on your body - usually in or on your penis, anus,
skin, or mouth (and the vagina in girls). The scary part
is that the most common symptom of an STD is NO symptom,
especially in girls. This means you can't tell whether
someone has an STD just by looking at her or him.
Take responsibility for yourself. Your sex partner will
not do it for you!
How common are STDs?
Every year, in the U.S. alone, there are about 3 million
cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) in
teenagers and about 1 million teenage girls get pregnant.
As recently as 8 years ago, HIV infection was the 6th
leading cause of death in young people 15-24 years old.
To see the worldwide incidence of STD’s, check out this
site: Worldwide STD statistics
If you don’t want to get detailed information on these
diseases or see what they do to your body, then don’t go
to these links below.
There are more STD’s but these are the most common.
It is important to understand that having sex may carry
severe consequences and that condoms (rubbers) don’t
always work the way they are advertised to work.
Knowing what the risks are may help prevent you from
making a terrible mistake.
Is oral sex "safe sex"?
Absolutely not! You can get any STD through oral sex,
whether you are giving or receiving oral sex (sucking or
The term "safe sex" primarily refers to the use of a
condom every time you have any sex with another person.
Remember, condoms are not totally reliable, so there is
no such thing as totally "safe sex" (see the page
What do I do next?
decision! The only way you can be totally sure about
staying free of an STD is to choose not to have sex until
you are married.
Do not use this site or your friends' help for medical
advice to try and diagnose your problem. See your own
doctor if you think there is a problem.
have further questions or concerns about STDs, ask Dr.
Mike, an internationally known Clinical Microbiologist
specializing in STDs. He has worked extensively with
teenage boys and contributed all the information on the
STD pages. (Change the (at) to @ and the (dot) to . in the email address
(at) comcast (dot) net
Tell Dr Mike how old you are, what country you are from
and then write your message. You will be emailing a
specialist offering his time to help young guys! Your
email will be treated confidentially and erased after he
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