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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 40 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.

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