STI's 101

Sexually transmitted infections are occurring more frequently and occur most often in people ages 25 and under.  Some sexually transmitted infections pose lingering health problems--even if treated--including:

  • Genital warts (caused by the human papilloma virus) have been linked to the development of cervical cancer in young women and, less frequently, penile cancer in men.
  • Chlamydia or gonorrhea can lead to infertility in women. Additionally, they have been linked to a rise in ectopic pregnancies and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • Genital herpes, presently incurable and recurrent in men and women, has been linked to increased risk of HIV transmission due to lesion outbreaks in the genital area.