What You Need to Know About STDs Now

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  • Not All STDs Are Curable
  • You Need to Get Tested and Treated, Seriously
  • Untreated STDs Make You Vulnerable to HIV Infection
  • Unprotected Oral Sex Is Risky, Too
  • You Can Have More Than One STD in a Lifetime
  • Are You STD Savvy?
  • African-Americans and the STD Epidemic
  • Most STDs Show No Symptoms
  • STDs Are Not Always Linked to Promiscuity
  • Condoms Don’t Protect You From All STDs

Untreated STDs Make You Vulnerable to HIV Infection

Another downfall of having an untreated STD: HIV transmission is two to five times more likely. They lower your immune system, making you more vulnerable to becoming HIV-positive if you come into contact with the virus. And some STDs have open sores that make it easier for HIV to enter your body. 

 

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