Reliable STI Information

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Where can you get reliable information about sexually transmitted infections?

There are several challenging issues related to sexually transmissible infections (STI) including the stigma surrounding them, the fact that we can’t cure all STIs (e.g., HIV, herpes, and HPV cannot be “cured”, whereas chlamydia and gonorrhea can usually be easily cured with certain antibiotics), and the difficulty in finding reliable and accurate information about STIs. We have some information about STIs here on the Kinsey Confidential web site. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a good amount of information abiut STIS on their web site too – they highlight fact sheets on various STIs, information for patients and providers, and links to STI statistics (particularly useful if you are writing a term paper on the prevalence or incidence of STIs) and timely research studies. This is a great place to check in on every now and then to see what’s new in the world of STIs, as our knowledge, as well as testing, prevention and treatment options are changing rapidly these days.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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