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Distributed at The American Medical Association Conference on Sexually Transmitted Diseases Risk Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment About STDs STDs sexually transmitted diseases is a broad term that refers to as many as 20 different sicknesses all of them transmitted by sex - usually through the exchange of body fluids such as semen vaginal fluid and blood STDs can also be given by mothers to their babies You can get some STDs such as herpes by kissing and caressing or close contact with infected areas - not just intercourse Some STDs just make you feel uncomfortable Some are more dangerous - if left untreated they can cause permanent damage that leaves you blind brain-damaged or unable to have children One HIV human immunodeficiency virus disease often leads to AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome which can cause death Among the most common STDs are chlamydia herpes gonorrhea genital warts syphilis hepatitis B crabs and trichomoniasis STDs are increasingly common in the United States today Thats distressing news because STDs are also easy to prevent This book will tell you about STDs and describe how you can take simple steps to protect yourself and your partners Who gets STDs Anyone who has sex can get a sexually transmitted disease And millions of people do According to the federal governments Centers for Disease Control more than 4 million American men and women get chlamydia each year Genital herpes affects an estimated 30 million Americans with as many as 500000 new cases occurring every year One million cases of gonorrhea are reported yearly in the United States and it is believed that another one million cases each year go unreported Genital warts affect at least 3 million American men and women each year And syphilis long thought to be on the decline is on the rise In 1989 syphilis was reported to affect over 100000 Americans and that number is growing Between 500000 and 1 million Americans are estimated
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