STD Answers

ST in STD stands for "sexually transmitted" but thats not.... ( std answers cont. )

...the only way you can catch an STD from another.

Luckily, most STD viruses that are life threatening are rather delicate and do require actual physical contact with exchange of virus bearing fluids to move from one host to another.

Some STDs however can be contracted by sharing linen, towels, toilets or other intimate objects.

Click the logo to see pictures (careful they are quite graphic) and further articles on STDs by Rick Sowadsky, MSPH, the senior communicable disease specialist for the Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program.(Please note: Mr Sowadsky is not associated with this site in any way.)

Here are some common STDs and usual methods of transmission.


Chlamydia is actually a group of infections caused by varied strains of the Chlamydia bacteria. Chlamydia trachomat is the cause of various STDs.

Chlamydia trachomatis is currently one of the most common and widespread bacterial STDs in the United States with more than 4 million people infected each year.

As many as 1 in 10 adolescent girls positive to the infection.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that targets the cells of mucous membranes and is generally transmitted through sexual contact (oral, vaginal, or anal) with an infected partner.

Pictures and more Information on Chlamydia


Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.

[ Pictures and Information about Gonerrhea ]

Pubic lice (Crabs)

Pubic lice, also known as "crabs" are common and found worldwide. They are small, crab-shaped insects (Phthirus pubis). The tiny insect attach themselves to the hairs around the pubic areas however can sometimes be found in armpit hair, facial hair, or even eyelashes. Like fleas they then bite and burrow into the host flesh to feed on the blood causing a rash and itching. The adult lice lay eggs, called nits, on the hair shaft close to the skin. The yellowish oval shaped egg takes about 7-10 days to hatch and the cycle is repeated unless treatment is obtained.

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