STDs & Safe Sex

  • Gonorrhea— A common sexually transmitted bacterial infection.Take a Look
  • Hepatitis B— A viral disease that kills liver cells and replaces them with scar tissue. Take a Look
  • Syphilis— Infections caused by this spiral-shaped bacterium have been rising since 2001.Take a Look
  • Genital Warts— Growths on the skin of the genital area and around the anus.Take a Look
  • Trich— Short for Trichomoniasis, this infection of the genitals is caused by a parasite. Take a Look
  • Chlamydia— A highly contagious bacterial infection, Chlamydia is the most common STI. Take a Look
  • Crabs— Crabs, aka Pubic Lice, are tiny insects that attach to skin and hair.Take a Look
  • HIV— HIV, which short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, causes AIDS.Take a Look
  • Herpes— An incurable viral infection that causes painful sores. Take a Look
| Gonorrhea | Hepatitis B | Syphilis | Genital Warts | Trich | Chlamydia | Crabs | HIV | Herpes |

STDs: The Low Down

STDs are both common and sneaky. One in two sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25, and most of them won’t even know it. That’s because many STDs do not show any symptoms.

How can I protect against STDs?

Abstinence is the best way to protect against STDs. For those that choose to have sex, practice safe sex. That means that guys should use latex condoms during oral, vaginal and anal sex.

Should I get tested for STDs?

STDs are sneaky — often they don’t cause any symptoms, so many infected teens don’t know they’re infected. Click here to see if you should get tested.

Many Reproductive Health Centers throughout Pennsylvania offer free and confidential STD screenings for teens.

Find a teen-friendly health center near you