Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be life-threatening if left untreated. HIV, HPV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C are all serious illnesses that can cause long-term health problems and even death. HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system and can be fatal if not treated. HPV is a virus that can cause cancer of the penis, anus, cervix, or throat.
Syphilis, hepatitis B and C are also serious illnesses that can cause long-term health problems and even death. Although some STDs are treatable, not all of them are curable. It is important to remember that all STDs are caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI). By learning more about STDs, you can learn ways to protect yourself.
Practicing safe sex, getting tested regularly, and talking openly with your partner about STDs are all important steps to take in order to reduce your risk of contracting an STD.