According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs) are the most common contagious diseases in the United States.
STDs include bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, HPV, syphilis and trichomoniasis. OB/GYNs are trained to diagnose and treat these diseases in women.
Sexually transmitted diseases are spread by bacteria, viruses and parasites. They can be spread by contact with any sort infected skin or bodily fluids. Infected individuals can pass STDs through contact with their skin, mouth, genital areas, rectum, or bodily fluids.
Many people who contract a sexually transmitted disease or infection do not know that they are infected. Many of these infections cause no symptoms and are known as “silent” STDs, such as chlamydia.
If you are sexually active, or have a partner who has engaged in sexual activity with others, it is vital that you are open and honest with your physician regarding your sexual history and get tested for sexually transmitted infections to ensure your safety.