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what are the most common stds?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
My top 5: Syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and hiv, in no particular order.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can STDs affect people at any age?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
YES: Any one who has had sexual contact, can be infected with an std. That includes babies and children who are sexually abused. Up to 2-3 percent of sexually abuse children will test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia.
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Are there ways to catch STDs without intercourse?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Sure: Yes, STDs can be spread by any form of sexual contact. For instance, you can get gonorrhea in your throat from oral sex (a lovely thought in the morning). Many other STDs are spread from simple skin-to-skin contact or contact with infected body secretions and certainly those things apply to other forms of sexual contact.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are contracting multiple simultaneous STDs common?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Obviously, obtaining an std infection means one is engaging in risky sexual behavior with other at risk individuals. Therefore, there is a risk of acquiring other infections at the same time. For instance, when one gets chlamydia or gonnorhea, doctors with frequent just assume you have the other because they often go hand-in-hand.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you please talk about of the most common std's?

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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
Lots: The most common stds include hpv, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, hiv, hepatitis b, and trichomonas. Of these, hpv is the most common std with over 14 million new cases! young people (under 25) represent almost 50% of all new std cases.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the common symptoms of std's?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Many!: There are many, but here are the most common: Abnormal discharge from the penis, vagina, or rectum (if exposed); painful or uncomfortable urination; various kinds of sores or skin bumps of the genitals or other exposed sites; inflamed/swollen lymph nodes in the groin or elsewhere; certain kinds of skin rash; and many more. Often no symptoms at all. If you think you were exposed, get tested.

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