Sexually Transmitted Diseases

10 STDs and Consequences for Having Them

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a disease that causes your liver to inflame. You can get Hepatitis C if the blood of someone who has it enters your body. Most people who have Hepatitis C don't show any symptoms, although they may have some yellowing of the skin. Blood tests are taken to see if a person has Hepatitis C. This disease is spread by using a dirty needle or having sex.


Herpes is a disease that is transmitted through sex. It causes bumps, blisters, ulcers, or scabs. Blood tests are usually taken to see if you have herpes. To prevent yourself from getting Herpes, don't have unprotected sex.

Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Pubic Lice are little microscopic bugs that live in pubic hair. You get them from having sex or sharing a bed with someone who has them. The bugs bite and feed on blood. Their bites cause itching. To prevent pubic lice, don't have unprotected sex.


Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that infects the reproductive organs. Most people don't even know they have it until they go to a doctor. In women, if not found immediately , can cause infertility. The way to prevent the spread of chlamydia is to not have sex if you have it.


Syphilis is also a sexually transmitted disease. It can cause blindness, arthritis, and brain damage. If a pregnant woman has syphilis, it can be passed down to her baby. It can be found by a blood test at a doctor's office. Penicillin is given to the person t get rid of the disease. Avoid having sex with an infected person to make sure you don't get it.


HIV/AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease that causes rashes, sore throat, mouth sores, and fevers. Blood tests are taken to see if the person has the disease. Right now, there is no cure for AIDS.


Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that causes burning, swelling, and lots of pain. It can be cured with antibiotics. If not treated, it can cause infertility. It can be passed down to babies.

8 Scabies

Scabies is a common disease transmitted from skin to skin contact, which means it can be passed to a person through sex. The mites bit and burrow into the skin and cause itchy bumps and blisters. Doctors will test the area where the disease may be and give medicine to get rid of them. If infected, wash sheets and avoid contact with people.

Genital HPV

There are more than 40 kinds of sexually transmitted HPV diseases. HPV causes genital warts and cervical cancer. People who have sex with many people are more at risk of getting HPV.


Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease which infects mostly women. It causes pain, burning, and itching. To prevent this, don't have unprotected sex.