STDs & Safe Sex

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