SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES OR VENEREAL DISEASES
Venereal diseases or VD's are sexually transmitted diseases,
and in just about every case they are highly contagious. Infection
normally occurs through sexual contact with another infected person. In
this context sexual contact refers to oral, anal and vaginal sex.
Most venereal diseases require the exchange of bodily fluids to be
contagious, but in some cases skin-to-skin contact is all that it will
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF VENEREAL DISEASES?
Depending on the disease, STDs can be spread with any type of sexual
activity. STDs are most often caused by viruses and bacteria.
HOW SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES SPREAD?
One reason STDs spread is because people think they need to have sexual
intercourse to become infected. That's wrong. A person can get some
STDs, like herpes or genital warts, through skin-to-skin contact with an
infected area or sore.
Another myth about STDs is that you can't get them if you have oral or
anal sex. That's also wrong because the viruses or bacteria that cause
STDs can enter the body through tiny cuts or tears in the mouth and
anus, as well as the genitals.
WHEN SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE?
A medical examination may be necessary if a person believes he or she
may have an STD or if he or she may have been exposed to someone with an
STD. Being seen by a doctor as soon as possible after exposure to an
STD is important; these infections can easily spread to others and can
have serious complications.