Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Due to the prevalence of STDs across the United States, it’s important for sexually active individuals to undergo regular STD testing so they can stay informed on their status and let their sexual partners know about any potential risks of infection.
Get informed on the most common STDs so you know how to protect yourself.
Most Common STDs
Some STDs are more common than others. The most common STDs include the following:
Human papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. While the human body may be able to get rid of this virus on its own, some forms of the virus do no go away. The viruses that won’t go away can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer.
Chlamydia: Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the country. This infection is caused by bacteria and can often be cured with antibiotics. Many men and women do not display symptoms of this disease, so it’s important to undergo regular STD testing.
Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea is a common STD caused by bacteria. This condition is easily treated with antibiotics. However, only 20% of women with the disease display symptoms.
Syphilis: Syphilis may not present symptoms until a later stage of the disease, at which point treatment becomes more difficult. At this point, the infection can cause organ and nerve damage. The earlier the infection is diagnosed and treated with antibiotics, the better the patient’s prognosis.
Herpes: Herpes is easy to acquire because it only takes skin-to-skin contact to transmit the disease, even on areas of the skin not close to the genital area. Since herpes is a virus, there is no cure for this disease.
Pursuing an STD Lawsuit
In the state of California, those who know or should reasonably know they have an STD are required by law to inform their sexual partners of their status. Failure to do so is a crime.
If you have received an STD transmission from someone who did not inform you of their status, our team is here to protect your rights. We want to make sure your voice is heard.
Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a confidential consultation.