A 39-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

can you tell me is "std" a misleading term?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It is descriptive.: It refers to diseases that are primarily transmitted through sexual contact. There may also be non- sexual modes of transmission (i.e. Infection of baby in birth canal). There are some diseases that might be transmitted via sex (i.e. Yeast) but this is the not the primary mode of transmission ; they aren't consider std's.
Answered on Dec 20, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
I'd love to...: ...But what do you mean by 'this'?
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Symptoms, tests: Depending on which std it is, you may have discharge, pain, rashes, ulcers, etc. The only definitive way to diagnose it is by getting a culture or bl ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Yu
25 years experience Urology
The truth: You need to tell her the truth and exactly how your acquired it, because she will need to be treated as well. She deserves to know even if you are af ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You need to start: With a medical evaluation. Once the type of std is determined then a treatment plan can be devised. Would avoid direct sexual contact until the issue ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month