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What is STDs, STIs and HIV?

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases are those affecting genital areas, reproductive organs, and in some cases, the entire body, and can even result in death. HIV is a specific type of STD. Most of these infections are spread through body fluids; however, some infections can be spread through skin-to-skin contact. Young people are much more susceptible to these infections because their skin and genital organs are not as well developed (thickened) as in adults.

This section includes definitions of many sexually transmitted infections and diseases as well as national statistics and studies about these diseases.