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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (cont.)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Prognosis

Most of the common STDs can be cured with treatment.

  • In addition to the discomfort of the infection, some STDs can cause other, more serious, long-term problems, including infertility and problems in newborns infected by their mothers during pregnancy such as blindness, bone deformities, developmental disabilities, and infrequently, death.
  • HIV can only be slowed, not eliminated, and may cause death.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April is STD Awareness Month.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2015

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