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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are infections that are spread by sexual contact. Some of these infections may also be spread from a pregnant woman to her baby during the pregnancy or delivery. Exposure to an STD can occur anytime a person has sex or close physical contact that involves genitals, the mouth or the rectum of another person.

The Facts
  • Sacramento County has the sixth highest rate of Gonorrhea in the state, and the eigth highest rate of Chlamydia in the state3.
  • Sacramento County has the tenth highest rate of Syphilis in the state. Sacramento County has shown a sharp increase in Syphilis cases from 2013 to 20153.
  • STDs affect both men and women, and two-thirds of all STDs occur in people younger than 254.
  • About 1 in 4 teen girls gets an STD within one year of becoming sexually active5.
  • Some STDs can lead to long-term serious health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and cervical cancer6.
  • Some STDs also increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV7.
  • STDs are serious illnesses that require treatment. Some STDs, like AIDS, cannot be cured and can be deadly8.

Common STDs:
Genital Herpes
Genital Warts or HPV

Call Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic in Sacramento at (916) 451-2273 (CARE) or request an appointment online for a free STD test.

This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered professional medical advice. We do not perform abortion services.