STIs Web Resources

There is also another form of protection to think about when you have sex: protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). Some common STIs are HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis, human papilloma virus (HPV), genital warts, syphilis, and trichomonas. Some of these STIs can be very serious and can lead to infertility (inability to have a baby), problems during pregnancy, chronic illness, and even death. All sexually active women are at risk of catching STIs. For more information on STIs, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) AIDS/STD Hotline. The CDC phone numbers are 1-800-342-AIDS (2437) for English, 1-800-344-7432 for Spanish, or 1-800-243-7889 for hearing impaired, TDD.