Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are a diverse group of viral, bacterial, protozoal, and ectoparasitic infections that have a common route of transmission through sexual intercourse. Infectious organisms associated with STDs include: Chlamydia trachomatis; Neisseria gonorrhoeae; bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, trichomoniasis; syphilis; herpes simplex; papillomavirus (genital warts); genital herpes and HIV. Infection by each of the above organisms has its own pattern of clinical patterns; medications/treatments; prognosis; transmission dynamics/host response to infection; and patterns of sexual contact.
STDs are identified as one of the major causes of morbidity during adolescence.
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