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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)**, also known as **sexually transmitted infections (STIs)**, encompass a group of infections that can be transmitted from one person to another through sexual contact. These infections can have serious health consequences if left untreated. Here's a revamped overview:


1. **Types of Infections**:

- **Viral Infections**: These are caused by viruses. Common examples include:

- **HIV**: Human Immunodeficiency Virus

- **Herpes**: Caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV1 & HSV2)

- **Hepatitis B and C**: Viral infections affecting the liver

- **HPV**: Human Papillomavirus, associated with genital warts and certain cancers

- **Bacterial Infections**: These are caused by bacteria. Notable examples include:

- **Chlamydia**

- **Gonorrhea**

- **Syphilis**

- **Parasitic Infection**:

- **Trichomoniasis**


2. **Symptoms and Silent Carriers**:

- **Varied Symptoms**: Some individuals experience noticeable symptoms, while others remain asymptomatic.

- **Silent Carriers**: Even without symptoms, carriers can unknowingly spread STDs.


3. **Importance of Testing**:

- **Early Detection**: Timely testing is crucial for early diagnosis and treatment.

- **Spread Prevention**: Testing helps prevent further transmission.


4. **Other Testing Options**:

- **Basic STD Panel**: Tests for HIV, syphilis, herpes (HSV1 & HSV2), gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

- **Comprehensive STD Panels**:

- **Comprehensive STD Panel**: Includes additional tests beyond the basic panel.

- **Comprehensive STD Plus Panel**: Offers even more comprehensive testing.

- **Comprehensive STD Premium Panel**: Provides a thorough assessment.


Remember, knowledge is power when it comes to sexual health. If you suspect exposure or simply want peace of mind, consider getting tested. Consult a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable testing option for you²³⁴.


STD Comprehensive Panel:

    • HIV 1 / 2
    • RPR (Syphilis)
    • Herpes Simplex Virus I, IgG
    • Herpes Simplex Virus II, IgG
    • Gonorrhea
    • Chlamydia
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