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A 40-year-old member asked:

Sexually transmitted infections = sexually transmitted disease, right?

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Dr. Julian Raffoul
Specializes in General Practice
Yes.. and No.: Thank you for asking, this is a very common question. Both terms are interchangeable, however, the term sexually transmitted infection is broader and more encompassing. If an infection results in altering normal body function, it is then called a disease. Because many STDs can be asymptomatic, the term STI is used. It's all semantics. The important this is to know your sexual health & get tested.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between a sexually transmitted infection and a sexually transmitted disease?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Former causes Latter: A sexually transmitted disease is the manifestation of a sexually transmitted infection. The infection causes the signs, symptoms, and short and long term effects of disease. The disease is named for the agent that causes the infection. I hope this helps.
Last updated Jan 6, 2019

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