STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), also known as STDs, are stigmatized in our society. We associate having an STI with being immoral or promiscuous. This may not be the case, but it still makes telling your current, former, or new partner about an STI difficult.
If you think you may have exposed a partner to your STI or gotten an STI from your partner you should tell them.
Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID is a serious infection of the fallopian tubes and uterus. This infection, which may result in blockage or scarring of the tubes, is the most common preventable cause of infertility in women. It is estimated that over one million women in the U.S.
Bacterial vaginosis or BV (formerly known as non-specific vaginitis, Gardnerella vaginitis, or Haemophilus vaginitis) is a common vaginal condition. It is thought to be caused by an overgrowth of Gardnerella vaginalis and certain other bacteria often found in the vaginal fluid.
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (abbreviated as HSV). It is very common--about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men have genital herpes. There are two types of the virus:
Despite its colorful name, chlamydia is not a flower! It is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection on university campuses. Approximately 2.8 million new cases are reported in the United States each year.
Confidential testing for STDs is available at the Seattle/King County Public Health STD Clinic. It is located at:
Harborview Medical Center
908 Jefferson Street, 11th Floor