There are a number of different sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with varying symptoms, including some that show no symptoms at all. STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes, HIV/AIDS and syphilis. Alaska has very high rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea. If you are sexually active it is important to be tested.
Human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, is a group of 150 related viruses. Each strain is given a number. Some can cause warts and others can lead to cancer, especially cervical cancer. HPV infects men and women who are sexually active but vaccines can prevent the most common strains.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends all children 11 or 12 years of age get vaccinated. If you did not get vaccinated when you were younger, the CDC recommends men up through age 21 and women up through age 26 get vaccinated.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs
that can cause infertility. It can be caused by untreated STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea. Infections other than STDs can also cause PID. If treated early, complications can be prevented.