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What’s the Difference Between STD and STI?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) both refer to infections that you can catch from activities like sex.
What Do I Need to Know About Getting Tested?
You can check out our pages on the following infections:
- Gonorrhea: One of the most common STDs in both the United States and the world. The last few years have seen an increase in gonorrhea cases in the US. Many infected people do not show symptoms of this STD.
- Chlamydia: Along with gonorrhea, chlamydia is one of the most common STDs in the United States. The number of people diagnosed with this infection has increased the past few years. Roughly 7 out of 10 people with this infection do not show symptoms.
- Syphilis: This STD imitates the signs of other diseases, earning its nickname “the great imitator.” Syphilis is on the rise, too. The CDC reported 56,485 cases of syphilis (all stages) across the United States in 2013. By 2017, that number skyrocketed to 101,567. That’s a nearly 80% increase!
- Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C: Hep A, Hep B, and Hep C are the three most common types of viral hepatitis in the United States. While vaccines are available for Hep A and Hep B, there is no vaccine available to help prevent Hep C.
- HIV/AIDS: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV destroys the body’s immune system, making it vulnerable to potentially lethal opportunistic infections. There is no cure or vaccine available for either HIV or AIDS.
- Oral herpes and genital herpes: Herpes can refer to either oral herpes (usually caused by HSV-1) or genital herpes (usually caused by HSV-2). According to the CDC, roughly 1 in 6 adults in the US have herpes.
- Trichomoniasis: Another common STD, trichomoniasis (or “trich”) is often asymptomatic, or symptomless. In fact, the CDC estimates that almost 70% of people with trich don’t show any symptoms.
You can also visit the CDC or talk to your doctor for information.
Am I at Risk for an STD?
You can check out our FREE STD risk calculator here.