Sexually transmitted diseases are diseases passed from person to person during sexual activity (e.g. vaginal, oral and anal sex, outercourse or mutual masturbation). STDs can be transmitted through bodily fluids and, in some cases, skin-to-skin contact.
It’s important to remember that not everyone infected with an STD will experience signs or symptoms. But STDs can still cause severe damage, and can be passed to your partner(s) without your knowledge. You don’t need to be experiencing symptoms to be contagious. You can spread the disease at any time, so STD testing is important for sexually active individuals.
The Center for Disease Control can provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on each STI. Women’s Clinic of Tallahassee offers STI and STD testing and information. Contact us for more details.